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Can't download video to macintosh from the canon zr100

HI - I plug into the DV port on camera with firewire to my mac.  nothing!  it doesn't seem to recognize it at all.  do I need a specific driver?  i cannot find a driver for macs anywhere.  Please help!  thanks

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  • catphotogal Oct 30, 2008

     I have a: Mac OSX Version 10.4.11
    1,25 GHz Power PC G4
    1 gB DDR SDRAM

    trying to use iDVD.
    any additional thoughts?



  • catphotogal Oct 31, 2008

    HI - i did all you said , hit refresh and this is what came up - 

    FireWire Bus:

      Maximum Speed: Up to 400 Mb/sec

    the camera is on in playback mode and the mac still doesn't recognize it.  the firewire cable is brand new.  do I try a different cable?  


  • catphotogal Oct 31, 2008

    Hey - thanks so much!  you are so helpful!

    I have ilife'08 but i cannot run imovie.  it says i need a G5.  

  • sempci Dec 19, 2008

    Hi! I connected my camcorder to my Mac but it isn't reading it. Alothough in the system profiler it does show up - but nothing is happening. Any suggestions?

  • Cee Jai Bernard
    Cee Jai Bernard May 11, 2010


    I've never tried to import video directly from a DV camcorder to iDvd, I'm not even sure you can. I would first try importing the video into iMovie.. then once it's there you can take the video from imovie and import it into iDVD. 

    But before you do that, make sure your camcorder isn't connected then Click on the apple button in the top left hand corner of your screen, go to "about this mac", click on "more info". then on the left side of the window that pops up click on "FireWire".. to the right you should see something like "firewire bus....Maximum Speed: Up to 400 Mb/sec" Now connect the camcorder via FireWire and go back to that window and go to the menu "View" then click on "Refresh". At this point there should be a description of the camcorder in the area to the right.. if nothing changed, that means your computer is not communicating with the camcorder so the camcorder is either in the wrong mode, or the firewire cable is bad. Let me know what you find.


  • Cee Jai Bernard
    Cee Jai Bernard May 11, 2010

    Hey, there is no easy way to tell you this but you're semi screwed. All DV camcorders use the same driver, which is why they're all plug and play. But for some reason some macs don't like certain canon products. My friend has this camera and i wanted to take some footage off of it, i tried on my main computer which is a powermac G5, it did not work. So i tried on my other Dual g4, didn't work, basically i tried on 6 macs and it only worked on two and they were both mac mini's One with a 1.6GHz solo and one with a Dual 1.83GHz Duo. I searched the internet for a solution and came up blank. Are you trying to use imovie or Final Cut? also what kind of mac do you have ?



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Unfortunately, it looks as if you may have one of the macs that just doesn't want to co-operate. If the FW cable is brand new, i highly doubt you've got a defective cable. After doing a Google search, Canon knows of this problem and hasn't offered any real support or a solution. I could only assume it's the camcorder and not the mac. Give me another day or so and I'll get back to ya, I'll see if I can borrow my friends camcorder and try to get it to work on one of my other macs. 
In the meantime, try opening imovie , connect the camcorder while it's off, turn it on and set up imovie as if you were about to capture ntsc footage. Next play the tape in the camcorder and see if imovie recognizes it then.

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