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How do I import video from my Canon MiniDV into my macbook

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How do I import video from my Canon MiniDV into my macbook pro?
I think I can help. I have 2 canon miniDV cameras that work with iMovie for importing video. Are you able to use iMovie to see the camera in the import mode?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I am able to run iMovie, but when I click import, it just runs the photo booth (built in camera) and doesn't connect with the Canon.
It sounds like your mac isn't seeing the camera. What model of Canon is it? Is the canon camera interface firewire or USB?

To see if the canon is seen, first plug in your camera and make sure it is on. You can then go to the apple menu, then about this mac. From there, click on the "More Info" button. This should open up the System Profiler application. Once that is open, click on the "USB" item on the left hand side and see if the camera shows up in the main window titled "USB Device Tree". If it is not in there while plugged in and powered on, we need to start moving ports and potentially get a new cable to test with.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
that's exactly right. It's not.
It's a Canon Mini DV Optura 40.

Interface is a fire wire (on the camera) to a USB port into the Mac.
This is what I see there: (no camera.)

USB High-Speed Bus:

Host Controller Location: Built-in USB
Host Controller Driver: AppleUSBEHCI
PCI Device ID: 0x3b3c
PCI Revision ID: 0x0006
PCI Vendor ID: 0x8086
Bus Number: 0xfa

Hub:

Product ID: 0x2514
Vendor ID: 0x0424 (SMSC)
Version: 0.03
Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec
Location ID: 0xfa100000
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA): 2

Internal Memory Card Reader:

Product ID: 0x8403
Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Inc.)
Version: 98.33
Serial Number: 000000009833
Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec
Manufacturer: Apple
Location ID: 0xfa130000
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA): 500

BRCM2070 Hub:

Product ID: 0x4500
Vendor ID: 0x0a5c (Broadcom Corp.)
Version: 1.00
Speed: Up to 12 Mb/sec
Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
Location ID: 0xfa110000
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA): 94

Bluetooth USB Host Controller:

Product ID: 0x8218
Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Inc.)
Version: 0.22
Speed: Up to 12 Mb/sec
Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
Location ID: 0xfa113000
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA): 0

Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad:

Product ID: 0x0236
Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Inc.)
Version: 0.90
Speed: Up to 12 Mb/sec
Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
Location ID: 0xfa120000
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA): 40

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When I click on Application in the same Systems area-- this is what I see:
canonijnetwork:

Last Modified: 2/11/10 3:31 PM
Location: /Library/Printers/Canon/BJPrinter/Plugins/BJNP/canonijnetwork.bundle

Canon MP500:

Version: 2.0.0
Last Modified: 6/6/05 10:00 AM
Kind: PowerPC
64-Bit (Intel): No
Get Info String: ScanGear MP500 for Mac OS X Version 2.0.0, Copyright CANON INC. 2005
Location: /Library/Image Capture/TWAIN Data Sources/Canon MP500.ds
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
are you there?
Yes. It looks as if your mac is not seeing the camera. Do you have a regular USB or Firewire cable? The next step should be to change out the cable or port. I suggest plugging the camera into another port on the mac. If that doesn't work, try a new straight firewire or straight USB cable, not a converter cable.
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