Article ID : 00029444 / Last Modified : 03/29/2019

Transfer Video from a Digital8 or MiniDV Camcorder to a Macintosh Computer

    Before You Start

    • The computer must have compatible video capture software installed, such as the Apple® iMovie® app.
    • The computer must have FireWire® or Thunderbolt™ ports.
    • Use the compatible i.LINK® cable based on the ports of your computer.

    Note:

    • FireWire is a registered trademark of Apple, while i.LINK is a registered trademark of Sony. Both trademarks refer to the industry-standard IEEE 1394 serial bus connection.
    • Additional information on using iMovie to import the movie is available on the iMovie support website.

    Transfer Your Video Using iMovie

    1. Turn on the computer.
    2. Start the iMovie app.
    3. Connect an i.LINK cable to the i.LINK port on the camcorder.
      i.LINK cablei.LINK Port
    4. Connect the other end of the i.LINK cable to FireWire port of the computer. If you're using a computer with a Thunderbolt port, use a Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter.
      • If your computer has a FireWire port, connect the camcorder with a 4-pin to 6-pin or 9-pin i.LINK cable.
        i.LINK to FireWire

      • If your computer has a Thunderbolt port, use a Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter with a compatible i.LINK cable.
        i.LINK to Thunderbolt
    5. Turn on the digital camcorder by moving the POWER switch to select VTR or the PLAY/EDIT mode.
      • The camera playback setting varies. Check the supplied manual for model-specific information.
    6. Cue the tape in the camcorder to the position where you want to begin importing the video.
    7. In the iMovie window, click the IMPORT button.
    8. When finished, click the IMPORT button again to stop.