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Did you put the camcorder in playback mode before plug in? If yes and still same check on a different pc.If still same than it is a camcorder issue If on a different pc all is ok then reinstall the drivers on your mac
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.
I have enabled the MV6i to load a tape by:
replacing the 3V 'data' battery,
re-entering the date and time,
turning the camera off for about half an hour,
after taking several photos using the photo function the tape would load properly.
Hope this works for you too!