• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what I need

    • Written by Scott R from Edmonton

    I can't speak to the issue some have had with devices that require bus power. But, for my particular need, it does the trick.

    I use an old MiniDV camcorder whose tape drive has become unreliable. The camera has a 4-conductor FireWire 400 output, so I decided to try using it as a direct camera input for iMovie. I purchased a FireWire 400 cable (4-conductor at one end and 8-conductor at the other) and patched that through a FireWire 400-to-800 adaptor plug to connect to a MacBook.

    This worked, but my newer MacBook Air has no FireWire. This Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter—effectively the third adapter in my Franken-cable—successfully connects my camcorder to my MacBook Air. Interestingly, the camera will not work properly with the current iMovie, but functions just fine with iMovie 9.09 (thankfully available as a free download, and still compatible with El Capitan).

    64 of 65 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine---but not forever!

    • Written by Keith B from Santa Monica

    My adapter perfectly accommodated my 9-drive external FW800 daisy chain to my Thunderbolt-equipped Macbook Pro. After a little over 2 years of light use---estimated at about 3 hours per day for the year--- the external drives along the daisy chain started having connectivity and random unmounting of volumes issues. I finally swapped a fresh Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter into the line, and all issues disappeared. Buy one, and then buy a spare.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    On Mac works perfectly fine.

    • Written by G A M I from London, England.

    I bought it back in 2017, so I am using it for more than 2 years, no problems at all and I use it every single day for about 8 to 12 hours, and I have it connected to a Thunderbolt 3 (Apple) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter and a Fw800 to FW600 cable...
    I just put some Velcro on the FireWire adapter to stick it to my desk and keep it fixed to something solid, then the Thunderbolt 3 is in the air plugged into my iMac.
    That allowed me to keep on using my Soundcard Motu which is Firewire 600 so I also have a cable from FW800 to FW600 (Lindy) and all of this thing works perfectly fine, so I didn't gave to it 5 stars just because this adapter could be better designed somehow to do a more reliable connection without having to stuck it with Velcro to keep it working (specially for laptop users), but electronically speaking it works just great. Also is not that expensive if you have in mind it is not just a cable, inside there is a very complex electronic doing the whole conversion thing.

    I hope this helps to other people looking for a solution like mine. I rarely write reviews (because I am not getting paid for it) but in this case it could save a lot of people money and headaches and stop making a good old device just a land filling piece.