What, no firewire on my new Macbook?

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  1. Southpaw

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    So I grabbed my trusty ole Canon ZR200 camcorder and rewound about 50 minutes of Christmas Day footage that I taped on its mini DV tape. Then I grabbed my firewire cable and went to hook it up to my new Macbook. I was really looking forward to using iMovie. Umm, looked around and no firewire port. Turned the thing upside down and all around. Nope. Well that's funny I thought so I googled this new machine that I have been so in love with since Dec 25 and low and behold, Apple dumped Firewire on it's new Macbooks this year.
    WTH???? I have roughly a dozen DV tapes that I was going to burn to DVDs and now I don't know how to get this done. Of course, I could just do it on my old Dell but that defeats the purpose now doesn't it?
    Anyone have any ideas or solutions to accomplish this on my new machine? Is there an adapter that I could connect to the firewire cable to allow it to transfer via the USB connection? (My camcorder explicitly states that firewire is only option from it's side)
    Or can I still transfer the tape contents to my Dell and somehow still be able to get it to my new Mac via networking or "file transfer"?
    Any help?
     
  2. Sam Posten

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    Can't help ya on a solution but you musta missed the torches and pitchforks from a lot of camps when this came to light. It was pretty well torn apart and the advice folks had was that if you REALLY needed firewire you need to go to a pro. I'd try to archive all my footage and move to a new camcorder rather than a new laptop if I were in your shoes, but I know that can't sound too appealing at this point. Sorry!
     
  3. Southpaw

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    Yes, I missed that whole uproar when Jobs announced it since I didn't own a Mac at the time but now that I have researched it a little, I see that many were very angry.
    I might have found a workaround here: Apple - Support - Discussions - Connecting my miniDV camcorder ... that will enable me to get from point A to point B.
    Hopefully I can get this to work.
     
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    If your Dell has a FireWire port, then if you can get the files onto it -- maybe with Windows Movie Maker -- then yes, you can then transfer the files onto the Mac and use iMovie and iDVD.
     
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    How did I miss this? I knew the Air didn't have one. I guess it was because I wasn't in the market for a laptop at the time, but I'm normally fairly up to date on things Apple and this had to cause an uproar. FW is essential to me so I guess when I decide to move to a new laptop I'll have to keep this in mind. It's also something I'll have to keep in mind when advising students.
     

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