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Macbook pro doesnt recognize my canon vixia hv30

Have it connected with a 4 pin to 9 pin firewire cable

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Try a different cable, the one you're using may have got damaged.
Check the firewire driver is installed and running on the Mac.
If the camera came with software, try re-installing it.
Good luck.

Posted on Sep 17, 2013

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SOURCE: Canon ZR800 won't connect

Your saying 4 pin USB firewire. Which one is it?

It should be 4 pin firewire.

What is the error message that you are getting?

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SOURCE: Canon ZR800 - transfering video to DVD recorder

Just want to make sure you are talking about a four-pin firewire cable (small and flat) as opposed to a 4-pin s-video cable (round).

If you are talking about the latter, there is no control signal in an s-video cable so there is no "recognition" possible. Make sure that you have your DVD recorder set to S-video in and then hit play on the camcorder. You will need audio cables too if you want sound transferred. You should see video after you have manually pressed "play" on the camcorder.

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SOURCE: Firewire and playback on TV

I don't know it this will solve your problem but I'm using a 3 pole male plug and getting picture on the TV (but not great picture - see above).

Posted on Mar 29, 2009

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SOURCE: Canon Vixia HV30 will not be recognized

Video transfer is only possible through Fire wire/ 1394/DV cable.USB can only sned pics to your PC

Posted on Apr 01, 2009

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SOURCE: Macbook not recognizing camcorder

I had this problem when first plugging in my Canon zr80 to my Mac. What I did first was (if you have it) open up the program Imovie in you're applications menu. Then plug the firewire cable into both the camera and computer. Turn the camcorder on and set it to play(VCR). Once this happens you should see a "DV in" on the camcorders screen, followed by a blue window on you're computer. The rest should be easy.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

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My canon hv30 wont show up on my pc. i got a firewire but its not showing that its plugged in


Does your Inspiron have a Firewire socket? (my Inspiron 1720 has a 4 pin F/wire), If so try a F/wire to F/wire lead instead of F/wire to USB.
There are three sizes of F/wire socket, 4 pin, 6 pin and 9 pin which can be bought in any combination of the three.
Good luck.

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on Nov 09, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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It seems the new macbook pro does not support the firewire connector. Is there a different wire available? It looks like the macbook pro has a firewire connection but it is much smaller than the original...


The problem lies in your cable!

The new macbook pro still uses firewire and will be compatable with your drive. It just uses a 4-pin instead of a 6-pin connector. You can get an adapter or new cable that goes from 6 to 4-pins.

They did take away firewire from the new line of plain macbooks though (shakes fist at steve jobs)

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(Canon HV-30) Firewire not responding any more with Final Cut Pro


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Canon hv30 is't being recognized on my vista computer


You may have used a different USB port on the computer. Try a different one.
Generally, any USB port would work, except that some devices create a "Virtual USB" connection that is configured with a specific USB port.

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Buy a USB card reader, this will show your card (which you used in the camera) as a normal disk in finder

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Need Canon Vixia HV30 driver


If you have windows xp or higher you don't need drivers just an intel based pc, atleast 1 or 2 gigs of memory and try it with the software that came with it...if you dont like that make SURE your version of adobe works with the HDV format....make sure your settings IN the software program are correct...and viola!...MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING A FIREWIRE 4 TO 4 OR 4 TO 6 PIN CABLE no exceptions

May 11, 2009 | Canon VIXIA HV30 DV Camcorder

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Canon Vixia HV30 will not be recognized


Video transfer is only possible through Fire wire/ 1394/DV cable.USB can only sned pics to your PC

Oct 25, 2008 | Canon VIXIA HV30 DV Camcorder

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My Mac does not recognize my Canon HV 30 DV when i connect the FireWire.


I've been around the block with this for days, including a fresh installation of the software on my MacBook Pro. Sigh.

Here's what seemed to work:

1) Reset Vixia HV30 (tiny reset button behind the battery). Did not change any settings on the camera after that.

2) Installed Canon's software that dropped some canon-related files in Library/Quicktime folder.

3) Opened new iMovie 6.0.3 and Final Cut Express HD 3.5.1 projects (a) FCE (using Easy Setup in FCE) to Apple Intermediate Codec 1080i60 (b) iMovie 'HDV 1080i'.

4) Connected 4-pin --> 6-pin firewire cable out of the camera to a bus-powered external drive and from the drive, firewire 800 --> firewire 800 --> MacBook Pro 10.5.8.

This was a last-ditch, Hail Mary effort. It worked, and the camera showed up in the System Profiler firewire window, too, whereas it had not before all of the above. Still does not show up when hooked directly from the camera to the FW 800 input, but at least I can capture now.

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