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Yes, you can import Mini DV tapes to a Mac running macOS Catalina. However, it's important to note that macOS Catalina and newer versions do not support 32-bit applications, which means some older software that was commonly used for importing Mini DV tapes might not work. One such example is Apple's iMovie '06.

Here's a general guide on how you can import Mini DV tapes to your Mac using macOS Catalina:

1. Connect Your Mini DV Camcorder:

   - Connect your Mini DV camcorder to your Mac using a FireWire cable (also known as IEEE 1394 or iLink). Newer Macs might require a Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter.

2. Open iMovie (if you're using iMovie):

   - While iMovie '06 won't work on macOS Catalina, the newer versions of iMovie should be compatible.

   - Open iMovie on your Mac.

3. Importing the Mini DV Tapes:

   - In iMovie, go to "File" > "Import from Camera..."

   - A window should open showing your connected Mini DV camcorder.

   - Follow the prompts to capture/import the footage from the Mini DV tape.

   - You might be able to create a new project and import the footage directly into it.

4. Alternative Software:

   - If iMovie isn't working or isn't compatible with your hardware, you might need to use third-party software to import the Mini DV tapes.

   - Some third-party software options that are compatible with macOS Catalina include Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, and others.

   - These software options offer more advanced features but might have a steeper learning curve than iMovie.

5. Capture and Organize:

   - Once the footage is imported, you can organize it within the video editing software or transfer it to your Mac's storage.

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