No firewire on new Macbooks

Apple removed the firewire option on the new Macbook laptops. This is a terrible situation for people with HDV and DV cameras. And there are a lot of them, among them prosumer and professionals. Only Macbook Pro laptops still retain a FW800 port, which needs an adapter to work with firewire cameras. Problem is, after tax and some RAM, the cheapest Macbook Pro is over $2200, and that’s just too expensive for most people, including most prosumers.

The firewire death was of course written on the wall when all camera manufacturers switched to AVCHD, but the thing is that Apple jumped the ship too early in my opinion. I would have preferred to see this firewire removal in the next crop of Macbooks, in ~1 year from now. Just give people enough time to switch to newer cameras first.

It is my opinion that the removal of FW400 from the Macbook (and the lack of 24p support on FCE) will send a lot of videographers over to the PC camp. Alternatively, just buy the older Macbook model for $1100 (after tax and some RAM). Sure it’s not the newest model, but it will be fast enough for DV/HDV editing and multimedia. Or just buy a DELL Vostro 1310 with Sony Vegas Platinum 9, which is more feature-complete than the older Macbook (more RAM, hard drive, ports) at the same price.

Having said that, I still suggest people use real desktops for video editing and not laptops, but hey.

Update: I forgot about our audio friends. Apparently, a lot of MIDI and other recording hardware uses firewire, and so all these GarageBand enthusiasts are in the red too now. So this makes both the iMovie/FCE and GarageBand users pissed off. It almost doesn’t make sense: Apple’s decision not only kills Macbook sales, but it also kills iLife/FCE sales! Some examples of disgruntled people: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

I sent feedback to Apple about the lack of FW400 from the Macbook. I suggest you do the same too.

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