Question about Video Cameras
I have an ancient Minolta Master 8-406 video camera (circa 1991) that I'd like to be able to connect to my Apple imac in order to use the Imovie application to transfer video from the 8mm tapes we shot through the early 1990's into Imovie and onto DVD. I can do this with my newer version videocamera, a Canon, using a 1394 firewire cable to link the camera to the computer. Is there any way of doing this with the Minolta? It's so old...but it would be great to transfer all of these videotapes to DVD format so that we could actually watch them! Thanks for your help, since there appears to be no available support for Minolta video cameras anywhere!
found this post on apple message board-
Re: importing video from a Panasonic SDR-H40.
Posted: Apr 2, 2008 7:01 AM in response to: annekaev6330 Reply Email
I have the same camera, and after spending frustrating time w/ Panasonic, Apple, Crutchfield.com support and clerks in Best Buy, etc...the fact is that the camera is currently not supported by iMovie for automatic import. Having said that, there is a workaround, which has been posted in numerous other forum topics, which is the following:
You will need to convert that format into a DV format that imovie can use.
MPEG Streamclip (http://www.alfanet.it/squared5/mpegstreamclip.html) is free and Apple's QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component http://www.apple.com/quicktime/mpeg2/
is about $20.00. They are the tools that you need to download to convert these files.
Once you have done that, export to DV Stream (.dv) and import it into iMovie.
So you download both programs from the websites above. When you connect the camera by its USB2 cable to the Mac, it will come up on the desktop as a hard drive. Open the folder where the video files are kept, and you will see files with both .mod and .moi extensions. Open Streamclip and drag the .mod files into the main window and it will open the video clip. Next, choose Export to DV in the file menu, and export it to whatever folder and with whatever name you want. Finally you can import this .dv file into iMovie.
It's a bit of a pain, but I hope Apple will at some point update iMovie to deal w/ these kinds of camcorders, as they get more popular. Lastly, there are many technical aspects of converting these files, as you'll see in Streamclip. I don't know the ins and outs, but found the 'remove interlacing' gave me a better final video file. You can play w/ the conversion settings and see...
Posted on Jun 19, 2008
It should work well with Apple iMovie that came with your mac. There is a new version (imovie 09) that is said to be a major improvement over imovie 08 (the version that likely came with your computer). It is part of the iLife suite of multimedia Apple software. Available for $79 from the apple store. Here's a link to the store page. Buy now
Posted on Mar 09, 2009
I do not know MACs, but a standard 4-pin to 6-pin firewire (IEEE1394) is needed. On Windows XP, plug it in, run Windows Movemaker and you are good to go. By the way, a "DV cable" is a firewire cable.
If your MAC cannot "see" your camcorder, try another firewire device to see if your MAC is the culprit, or drag your camcorder and firewire cable to a friend's PC running Windows XP and see if it works.
Posted on May 31, 2009
SOURCE: I have a Canon FS100
The computer is no longer detecting the camcorder for several reasons. It could be the ports on the computer, it could be the cable that you're using to connect the camcorder to the iMac, or it could be the camcorder itself.
Try connecting the camcorder into different USB or FireWire port of the iMac.
Try using different cable.
Try connecting the camcorder into different computer to test the device.
If all else fails, power cycle the camcorder by turning it off and remove the battery for about 10 minutes. Then turn it back on. Otherwise, contact the manufacturer for second opinion.
Hope these helps and have a great day!
Posted on Aug 12, 2009
SOURCE: Cannot connect to Computer
Turn off computer. Turn ON computer and immediately hold down Apple+option+p+r. after 4 chimes let go. You are going to be using the Firewire cable. once the camera is on and plugged into computer go to : apple> about this mac> more info click on Firewire. on the right hand side you should see your camera.
Now if you don't its either the Firewire port on camera or the cable it self.
to further isolate. Get your older computer. leave off. plug the firewire cable into both computers. Now the older computer that is turned off. TURN ON and immediately hold down the " T " on keyboard. ON the polder mac, your screen with have like a "Y" icon.. its a Firewire icon. Now look on the other computers desktop, do you see a yellow or blue hard drive on desktop. IF you do.. ITS your camera because we just tested your cable and both ports and they are working.
Now try the USB cable and see if its detected by computer by going back to Apple system profiler and see if the computer is detecting it
Posted on Aug 16, 2009
Testimonial: "Still didn't solve the problem. Looks like its the camera. Thank you for trying to help. I appreciate it."
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