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Old April 6th, 2003, 03:19 PM   #1
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Capturing to external hard drive

I having problems with my usb 2 pcmcia card and I was wondering if anyone has successfully captured video using this firewire setup.

I know the firewire port on my computer works so I was going to buy a firewire hub and connect both the camcorder and the external drive (or I guess the camcorder and hard drive could be daisy chained together). Will I be able to capture directly to the external drive using this setup?

The only reason I think this will not work is because data will have to flow in both directions simulaneously through the firewire cable.

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Old April 6th, 2003, 03:50 PM   #2
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I can't speak specifically to your PC, but Daisy Chaining FireWire devices poses no problem on Macs. In fact I do it on a Powerbook with a 4200rpm drive without problems. The PCMCIA connection might actually be a bottleneck for the data and part of the problem. USB 2 should have no problem either.
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Old April 6th, 2003, 05:45 PM   #3
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I've been doing that successfully on an ancient laptop and an external firewire hard drive. Works great hasn't dropped a frame yet.

But I do notice that when I use the USB port that I can lose the firewire connection - I have to restart the drive if I hot plug my digital camera.

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Maxtor 1394 PCMCIA card
ADS Pyro case
7200 rpm Western Digital Drive
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Old April 6th, 2003, 05:48 PM   #4
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Oh, and I daisy chain the video cameras through the back of the firewire drive, no problems capturing hours of video.
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Old April 7th, 2003, 04:15 PM   #5
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Thanks for your help.

One more question. Is 5400 RPM enough for capturing dv video or should I go for an external drive with 7200 RPM?

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Old April 7th, 2003, 06:08 PM   #6
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7200 RPM drives are CHEAP. No brainer.
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