Unable to connect GL2 with iMovie

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Dr. Tim Martin, Feb 13, 2006.

  1. I'm trying to connect a Canon GL2 camcorder via firewire to an Intel
    iMac and use iMovie to capture a previously recorded DV. I can do this
    with WinXP but having trouble making a full connection with the iMac.

    iMovie sees the camera alright but reports an "error communicating with
    the camera". I can't figure out what that means, exactly. I've tried
    all kinds of connecting scenarios from restarting the computer and then
    plugging in the camera to the reverse. Another Mac user suggested it
    was a audio problem and thought starting Garage Band first followed by
    iMovie would fix the problem. No go.

    I checked the Canon site and they provide little to no information on
    firewire camera to PC connections. Help! Suggestions please. I've
    got a library full of previously recorded DV tape I need to capture,
    convert to movie format and burn to DVD.

    Dr. Tim Martin, Feb 13, 2006
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  2. Is the tape wound to a section with signal on it, or just leader? The
    camera in deck mode or camera mode? Tried a different firewire cable?
    Tried a different firewire port on the mac? Tried it with the camera on
    AC power?
    nobody special, Feb 13, 2006
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  3. Your response got me to thinking. The last time I copied off the
    contents of the tape it was directly to VHS and was probably at the end
    rather then at the beginning. Upon checking I found it had to be
    rewound. Duh....

    For some reason I thought the connection to the iMac/iMovie would allow
    me to manipulate the controls right away. After rewinding I fired up
    iMovie and found that didn't work right off. I connected the camera to
    a VCR, Line 1, which is connected to 42" Plasma monitor. I played the
    movie and it appeared on the Plasma and the iMovie window connected and
    displayed the same. I hit "import" and the movie began to record.

    So "nobody special" you're pretty special to have figured that out.
    I've been all over the Mac Newsgroups with no suggestions. I thank you
    again for taking the time to respond.

    I was willing to try all or most of those (it is already connected to
    AC power) and I spent time perusing the 'Net for a new firewire cable
    in case that was the culprit. I had tried using both firewire ports on
    the iMac and know now they both work.

    Now to figure out how iMovie works. The video looks great!

    Dr. Tim Martin, Feb 14, 2006
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