How can I connect my mini DV camcorder to the iMac?

Stephen Owen June 23, 2010

I have a Canon MV530i which I am trying to pair with my iMac.

I bought a Firewire cable from Apple 9 to 4 pin. When I try to pair them, the Mac (snow leopard) knows it’s there, but cannot register. It eventually gives up then says no hardware found.

I need help as I have two DV tapes with my late wife that I wish to convert to DVD. Any advice would be great. I would even consider buying a cheap newer DV tape player.

  1. Tina
    July 2, 2010 at 7:50 pm


    were you able to connect your camcorder to your iMac in the meantime? What method did you try? Please let us know what worked for you. Thank you!

    • Stephen
      July 5, 2010 at 10:53 am

      Nothing yet

  2. yenvious
    July 1, 2010 at 6:47 am

    You will need to open a program like iMovie or Final Cut Pro to import from the camera, as OS X doesn't have native support for firewire video importing (as it does for firewire disks or SD Cards via USB).

    If somehow that doesn't work for you, it might be a problem with your firewire cord itself. I spent weeks thinking my external harddrive had failed before I thought to try another cord and Lo!, it worked just fine. See if you can test it out on a friends computer.

    June 30, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Have you tried opening iMovie to import the tapes? That's what I use, then I just export it to iDVD. You could also try iDVD to start with - click OneStep or something like that.

    • Stephen Owen
      July 5, 2010 at 10:51 am

      Thanks for your advice unfortunately the problem is with mac it refuses to see the camcorder it takes about 4 mins to look for it then tells me their is nothing their ( I know it knows its their) I've tried final cut and I and idvd even hunted down canons image browser still nothing could anyone tell me wether an external firewire hub would work.