Firewire with new MBP?

I still have some old Firewire devices, and will be moving to a new MBP that only has Thunderbolt. I’ll be keeping my old computer for a while, but was wondering if others have the same experience and / or suggestions. The devices I am concerned about are camcorders, so it’s really a question of accessing DV and Hi8 tapes when necessary.

Works fine with the right adaptors. I’ve gone from Thunderbolt 3 to 2 to FireWire 800 to 400 just fine. I mean, the train of dongles looks silly, but it works!


There are Thunderbolt 3 docks that have Firewire ports. There are also Thunderbolt to Firewire adaptors that could be used (I think) in conjunction with Apple’s Thunderbolt 2 to Thunerbolt 2 adaptor.

(This is probably your last kick at the can for access to your Firewire stuff though, so it may be a good time to look at migrating?)

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The OWC TB3 with Firewire is no longer available; the TB2 with Firewire seems to be available but not useful for a TB3 machine. So it looks like dock + dongle is going to be necessary. Yes, it’s definitely time to migrate!

OWC still lists a TB3 dock with Firewire: so maybe there’s still hope?

Yes but when you try to buy it, you don’t find it for sale. I was told they can’t get Firewire chips for them.

Ah… That’s unfortunate :frowning: A dongle-chain it shall be then!

But wait! Amazon still has one!

But wait yet again! It turns out that they threw in the TB2 dock in my TB3 search. Sneaky no-good Amzonians! Alas, it was not meant to be

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