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I am still not sure I understand why buying a thunderbolt-to-fire wire adaptor will work. Yes, my Mac has a Thunder port, but my Canon Vixia HD40 has the following ports: miniB (with a miniB to USB cable; HDV/DV. So how does a Thunderbolt to Firewire adaptor help me? I have no way to connect my camcorder with its ports to either Fireware or Thunderbolt ports on my iMac. And I know of no cable that connects a miniB port to either iMac port. So I'm still confused. Perhaps I am missing something. Could you explain the connection from end (camcorder port) to end (iMac port)? Thanks.