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I am trying to import Mini DV on my 2020 MacBook Pro. My camera is a 22 year old Sony HDR-HC7E. I have a 400 to 800 Firewire cable, and 2 Apple adaptors - Firewire 800 to Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt 2 to 3. I have tried using iMovie which sees that a camera is plugged in but cannot import the video. I have also tried LifeFlix and it did not import the video either. My Sony camcorder is not on the list of camcorders supported by iMovie. Is there another software I could use to capture my videos?

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  • Which version of macOS, which version of iMovie are you running?
    – nohillside
    Jan 11, 2021 at 11:01
  • It is also possible that you have too many adapter cables. I have seen instances of more than one adapter just not work. Also have you verified that all three cables/adapters work on their own? There could be a defective adapter/cable in the mix. Jan 11, 2021 at 18:38

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The general consensus is that any operating systems after Mojave break compatibility with Mini DV or they're not as reliable as older versions of Mac OS. LifeFlix is in active development, and it even works with the new M1 chip.

Alternatively, if you have access to a Mac with Mojave or earlier, or you can boot the Macbook Pro off a portable SSD running Mojave, you can use Apple's AVCVideoCap: https://www.cuttingcords.com/s/AVCVideoCap.zip

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  • A 2020 Mac model most likely will not boot with Mojava due to missing hardware drivers.
    – nohillside
    May 27, 2021 at 5:21

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