I have a Sony Hi 8 video camera. How do I transfer the video to my MacBook Pro 13 Retina with Thunderbolt?

Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter

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    You need a few items to make this work.
    Firstly you need the thunderbolt to firewire adapter, then you need either a firewire 800 to 4 pin firewire cable OR a standard Sony iLink firewire 400 cable and a 800 to 400 adapter.
    I already had the Sony iLink 400 cable so went with the 800 to 400 adapter.
    Connect everything together and put the camera into playback/VCR mode. Open whatever Mac video program you're using (iMovie 9/Final Cut Pro X work fine) then go to capture and a window will open allowing you to control the camera from the program.
    Look at the specifics for the program you are using.
    My camera is a Sony PCR100 Hi8 camera from early 2001 and this method works perfectly with my 2013 iMac.

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  • Assuming that your video camera has a firewire port, the thunderbolt/firewire adapter should let you connect it to your computer. You might need a firewire adapter in between depending on whether the camera has a firewire 400 or 800 port.

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