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Old December 9th, 2008, 08:24 AM   #1
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Capturing video through firewire 800

Hi all,
I'm considering the new MacBook Pro which as we all know only has firewire 800. There are firewire 4 pin to 9 pin cables available would that work for capturing miniDV or HDV?
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Old December 9th, 2008, 08:35 AM   #2
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Yep, 9 pin to 4 pin, 9 pin to 6 pin, 6 pin to 4 pin etc etc those cables work fine for control and capture of DV the standards are fully compatible
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 09:05 PM   #3
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macbook pro + XHA1

I have bought a macbook pro that has a firewire 800 port and a XH-A1 camera that has a DV port. The camera manual mentions use of either 4pin-6pin or 4pin-4pin. In my case should I be using 4pin-9pin? And will it cause any problem?
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And will it cause any problem?
No, but it should be noted that the FW buss will "see" the camera as a 400mbps device and slow ALL communication on that controller down to 400mbps so if you have external FW800 drives hooked up as well, they will transfer at 400mbps.
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 10:12 PM   #5
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Also consider buying an ExpressCard 34 adapter to capture via FireWire, thus allowing the regular ports to run at full speed. You could also purchase an Esata ExpressCard 34 adapter and build a SATA drive system (preferably a RAID) for capturing.
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Old December 24th, 2008, 11:54 AM   #6
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Thanks for the advice Shaun and Jeff!
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