I have a 2007 Macbook Pro 2.16 Ghz with OS X 10.6.8. I am using FCP 6.0.5 to capture footage from a Canon XL1 via firewire. It is connected and allows control of the camera but the footage is extremely pixelated. I have tried two 6pin to 4pin cables, a firewire 800 to 400 cable, and changing the capture settings from dv to basic dv. The firewire port works fine with a external drive. I also borrowed a Canon ZR80 and it doesn't even show up in FCP.
I have a feeling it is something funky with Canon cameras and Macs over firewire. Both cameras need new backup internal batteries so maybe that is part of the problem? I am at a loss, usually I use Sony XDCAM camera's and haven't messed with firewire cameras in years so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks