Question about Canon MVX4i Mini DV Digital Camcorder
I've been using this Canon MVX4i camera for years with no problem, importing and editing on iMovie on a powerbook Mac, with a firewire connexion. A few days ago, as I was about to import, iMovie displayed a "no camera connected" message, though everything was as usual. A flashing "DV IN" message also appears on the LCD of the camera when the firewire cable is connected, and disappears when the cable is disconnected. I don't think I saw this "DV IN" message before. How can I make iMovie recognize the connection of the camera again ?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Importing Video to a Mac
XL2s are notorious for issues in interacting with final cut.
Simply put, sometimes it will work, sometimes it won't. But - there's a way around it.
Change the capture settings preset to 'non-controllable device'. Use the shuttle controls on top the handle of the XL2 to play back the footage as you wish. when you want to capture, click 'Capture Now' - It should do the trick.
Posted on Apr 08, 2008
Was the tape your trying to import recorded on the camera you are trying to import from? I've noticed that sometimes the tape I recorded on my old Panasonic won't show up on my GL2. It's like it's a blank tape, but I know it's not, as I have it labeled. Stick it back into the panasonic and it plays fine.
Posted on Dec 20, 2009
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.
Posted on Feb 20, 2010
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