Sony DV Compatibility with Mac

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
I also intend to buy Sony PC 350 (new) or IP1 , but not sure DV port is compatible with Mac X

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  • Reply 1 of 5
    It jolly well should be!



    You just need a cable that connects from the camera (4-pin Firewire) to the 6-pin Firewire on the Apple. Or is it one of those camcorders which use microMV instead of miniDV?
  • Reply 2 of 5
    sirisiri Posts: 10member
    350 is the latest DV camera from Sony and it got 3 Mega pixel CCD. It is not mini format and I am in Hong Kong now and bought the PAL model for HK$9300 and got case 5 tapes, tripod and other goddies free.

    Firewire cable included. Now waiting to get my 2.5 delivered from Apple Australia...

    Mini DV is 8 mbs, and DV is 25 mbs.
  • Reply 3 of 5
    The recording format is not particularly relevant unless you've got a DVD recording camera, or one that records in MPEG4.



    miniDV, Digital8, MicroMV, even standard DV (just a bigger tape) all use the same DV codec and all communicate using FireWire.



    The differences come at the high end - DVCPRO, DVCAM and the new DV50 cameras which use higher bitrates (actually DVCAM doesn't use higher bitrates, just higher tape speed and different tape).



    For all the consumer formats, you can use iMovie, for the pro formats you need FCP and for DV50 FCPHD.



    So, what you have will work fine with a PowerBook.
  • Reply 4 of 5
    I am afraid not all the formats use same DV codecs. I am also ex Sony R&D and a Broadcast Engineer.

    Facts are that after first D1, which got active video of 160 mbs since SDI is 270 mbs with total pay load. Then Digital Betacam which got 72 mbs(not Mpeg, DCT) and DVCpro 50 mbs, Brta SX, 18 mbs, DV is 25 mbs and Micro MV is 8 mbs.



    Those are real video data rate numbers or active video with out total pay load.

    Sony 350 got 4 pin firewire and Mac dsktop got 6 pin fire wire. One problem is Sony not sticking to standards when it come to firewire.... Today I just bought the 4pin to 6 pin sony cable will test once I got my machine.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Siri

    I am afraid not all the formats use same DV codecs. I am also ex Sony R&D and a Broadcast Engineer.

    Facts are that after first D1, which got active video of 160 mbs since SDI is 270 mbs with total pay load. Then Digital Betacam which got 72 mbs(not Mpeg, DCT) and DVCpro 50 mbs, Brta SX, 18 mbs, DV is 25 mbs and Micro MV is 8 mbs.





    I'm talking about the codec used for consumer video - Yes D1 was high - non-compressed, SDI is just not relevant to the question. Ditto for DVCPRO, SX or any other pro format.



    You're right about MicroMV however, I'd forgotten that it's using a modified MPEG2 that isn't worth a hill of beans.



    For what this guy has, the only codec and data rate that is relevant is DV at 25mbps.
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