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Firewire port on Canon XL2

My Mac G5 does not see the Canon when it is docked to it.

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you can buy a USB to FireWire adapter

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turn on camera and then connect through firewire port and check

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SOURCE: No DV output from Canon GL2. Using a firewire

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

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I have tried to connect my Canon XM2 to my IMac via firewire, but it is not 'seen' by IMovie, FCE or FCP, so I can't capture anything. Thanks

Open the System Profiler on the Mac and establish if the camera is connected to the Mac's firewire BUS. If not, try another cable and also test is the camera's firewire port is working. It's either a cable or socket issue. Some cameras require that the menu of the camera be set to output over firewire, check this as well.

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Not sure what cord to use to connect my mini dv to my mac.

Depends on the Mac unit you have. If your MAC has a firewire 400 port, then use the firewire cable that came with your camera. Just connect the cable to the camera and the other end to the mac. iMovieHD is already loaded - with the camcorder in "Play" mode, you will "Import" the video.
If your Mac does not have a firewire 400 and just a firewire 800, you need an adapter. Click on this link to see that adapter.
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My pc doesn't reckognize the canon xl2 when connected by firewire

Well, I hate that when it happens so we changed test-bed computer to Mac. The software runs as soon as two hardware, pc and XL2 is connected physically. I do not have knowledge on prem pro 1.5. but from technician's point of view, if both machines I/O hardwares are ok rest of the reponsibility depending on the program. This is how I would do it. 1. Restart the computer 2. open only the related program and have it ready for connect. 3. turn on XL2 on VCR mode, test make sure it plays few second. 4. connect the firewire. Hope this works otherwise, I will re-install the program and try. Beyond that point, it's good to consult with a local technician for diagnostic of your XL2 first. -James

Mar 27, 2009 | Canon XL2 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Canon XL2 capturing problems

This is not a sarcastic reply - it's genuine. If you're serious about making video, switch to a Mac. I use an XL1 or 2 every day, never have a connection issue. Regards, Nik

May 26, 2008 | Canon XL2 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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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.

Apr 08, 2008 | Canon XL2 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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How to hook wireless mic to canon xl2

Plug it into Audio 1 ports, switch to audio, not mic on the physical camera, then check that you have selected stereo 12 bit, 1,2 from the record audio menu.
Also note you have to push the button next to the audio meter to monitor different sources.

Apr 01, 2008 | Canon XL2 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Transfering video to Mac

I believe that camera only works with firewire. You might want to check with Canon to see if there is compatibility problems with Macs. I know it works on Windows computers.

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No power for my XL2.

It seems Like You fried the camera, you need to either send it back to canon for repairs, or take it to a really damn good repair shop. Sorry man, buts thats all I got.

Dec 28, 2007 | Canon XL2 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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