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David Notowitz
Trying to attach Canon HV30 digital video camera to my brand new Mac Mini
on Nov 9, 2011 at 11:03:39 pm

What is the best way to attach my HV30 Canon video to my Mac Mini? Would it work to buy a cable that goes from Firewire 4-pin out of the camera to a Firewire FW 800 on the Mac Mini? Or should I try to find an adapter or a converter to go from the Firewire 4-pin into the Mac Mini's Thunderbolt input? Optionally, I also have an HDMI out of the video camera.

Help. I'm sinking...

Thanks,
David

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Angelo Lorenzo
Re: Trying to attach Canon HV30 digital video camera to my brand new Mac Mini
on Nov 10, 2011 at 6:22:31 am

A Firewire 400 to 800 cable should work, 800 is backwards compatible. It is a hard drive based camera, so I assume firewire will have it pop up like a drive, rather than 'capture' like a tape based camera. It also has USB IIRC. HDMI is a dead end in this situation.

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David Notowitz
Re: Trying to attach Canon HV30 digital video camera to my brand new Mac Mini
on Nov 10, 2011 at 6:29:43 am

No, the HV30 is not a hard drive based camera. It's tape based. I want the Mac Mini to capture the live video output.

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Angelo Lorenzo
Re: Trying to attach Canon HV30 digital video camera to my brand new Mac Mini
on Nov 10, 2011 at 6:38:36 am

Hmm... I wonder what camcorder I'm thinking of then. If you're going to do tape capture then Firewire is basically your only choice. Get the 400->800 cable. A firewire to thunderbolt cable could work theoretically, but I wouldn't risk your editing program not recognizing something hooked up to that input, not when the cables are still kind of expensive.

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Craig Alan
Re: Trying to attach Canon HV30 digital video camera to my brand new Mac Mini
on Nov 11, 2011 at 5:41:30 pm

Hmmm. That's a real interesting question. I can monitor live out the HV series either HDMI or component. I know that hooking up a camcorder to the Mac via firewire will let you capture -- as an isight cam. But thunderbolt is new and I have no idea if that would work. If you are capturing, you do not want to use your media drive and camera on the same firewire bus. Thunderbolt can handle multiple devices. My guess is that the camcorders would need to be configured to output via the thunderbolt standard. I would use a thunderbolt media drive and attach the cam via firewire. But I have no experience. So please post what your learn.

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Bob Dix
Re: Trying to attach Canon HV30 digital video camera to my brand new Mac Mini
on Nov 14, 2011 at 8:19:24 pm

Hi David,

Have used one for 4 years HDMI is for output to TV etc, an IEEE 1394A Card or Firewire is the only way to capture video from the tape to edit into a PC. As you know the Canon at 25 Mbps is equivalent to pro specs for High Definition Video and matches all Canon Pro tape units. Good luck, and not the lower specs of 12 to 17 as per consumer camcorders.

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