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Old June 15th, 2009, 03:33 PM   #1
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Firewire DA?

Hi,

I want to feed Firewire from my Sony PD-170 into two Panosonic DVD recorders. Each recorder had firewire in. I'd like to locate some type of firewire distribution amp that I can feed the camera firewire out to and get maybe 4 or 5 firewire outputs from. I then want to take these outputs and feed them into the firewire in on several recorders. I can then play the tape from the camera and make several dvd's at a time. Anyone tell me of a DA or other device that would allow this?

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Old June 15th, 2009, 04:34 PM   #2
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Just do a Google search on "Firewire Hub" and you'll find plenty.

Since Firewire (IEEE 1394) is a digital signal, you don't really need a distribution amp like you would in an analog signal DA. At least not for 3 or 4 clones.

If you want to do 20 or so, Kramer makes one for large installations that does that.

Search "Firewire DA" to find that.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 03:16 AM   #3
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Firewire HUB

Hi again,

I bought a Kramer VS 4 FW Firewire Hub. I am having a problem using it with my Sony EX1R and two Sony DVDirect 16x External USB 2.0 Double-Layer DVD±RW Drives. At first hook up I can not get the drives / burners to see the firewire video. If I keep playing with each piece of equipment I can got ONE of the drives / burners to see the playback from the camera. Any one making multiple DVD's from the EX1R using firewire? Can anyone tell me how to make the hookup work?

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Old January 22nd, 2011, 07:19 PM   #4
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Did you really mean you're hooking Firewire to USB? I didn't think that would work at all.
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Old January 22nd, 2011, 08:58 PM   #5
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A Firewire hub does not act as a DA does in analog. Firewire establishes point to point streams. A hub lets you physically hook up a bunch of devices but at any given time, only two are transferring data to and fro.

I've not been successful in doing what you are trying to do after buying a Laird Firewire device 8 years ago that claimed to be a DA. But you could take a look at their current products and maybe find something that will be of use.

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Old January 23rd, 2011, 08:32 AM   #6
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Hi Dean,

Have you tried this with just a single DVD burner and got it to work? MiniDV tape is 13GB/hour. DVD is 4.7GB. You'd only get about 20 minutes on a DVD. Even for going to a single DVD burner, I think you'll need a computer in between the camera and the burner.

I'm afraid you're going to have to capture the footage using a computer and editing software, which will put it into a video file format and then you can output it to a mulitple-DVD burner unit, which goes for about $500-800.

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