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Old March 11th, 2004, 09:56 AM   #1
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For Firewire cable to connect GS100 to PC what exact pinout do I need? I should've gotten the VW-CD1 accessory but didn't. When to CompUSA & there were 4pin & 6pin ...

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Old March 11th, 2004, 01:07 PM   #2
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You will need a 6 pin (large connector on the PC) to 4 pin (small connector on the camcorder). This is provided you have a standard firewire card in your PC. Most of them come with large connectors. Laptops have 4 pin connectors. So, if you have a laptop or plan to capture/edit on a laptop or to transfer video from one DV cam to another, you should also get a dual 4 pin.
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Old March 11th, 2004, 01:26 PM   #3
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Thank you Guy!

I'm gonna head out & get 4-4 & 4-6 since I have both laptop & desktop to play with.

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Old March 11th, 2004, 04:44 PM   #4
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Here is a pic to compliment Guy's informative post.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2002-...5/IEEE1394.jpg

Oddly enough I've seen Dell notebooks lately that have 6pin connections.
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Old March 11th, 2004, 07:55 PM   #5
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Thanks Tommy.

Funny shopping story ... went to CompUSA & picked up the cables. Total for 2 cables came up to $75.

Got home & got on the 'net ... exact cables came to a total of $28 . Wow, I can wait for the cables.

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Old March 11th, 2004, 08:08 PM   #6
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I know what you mean.

Using the Pricewatch.com search engine I found a deal that has a firewire PCI card, firewire cable, and even editing software for $9.99.

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Old March 19th, 2004, 05:21 PM   #7
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Just a follow up. Seems like the only time I get to spend time with the gs100 is only on weekends :-(

Got the Belkin 4pin-4pin fireware cable ($12.99 shipped from accupc; they were out-of-stock on 4pin-6pin).

For me some interesting findings on connecting to my XPPro laptop via firewaire or the USB cable included w/the gs100 kit.

USB: After installing the USB driver from the CD included in gs100, the gs100 works well as webcam using AIM. Can't see any picture improvement over my Logitec webcam ... guessing it the encoding algorithm of AIM that can't take advantage of the resolution.

Firewire: Somehow doesn't work as webacam when using firewire connection even though it pops up a message to put the gs100 in webcam mode. BUT works great as realtime capture (record mode) of Windoze Movie Maker.

Hope I can have more play time with the gs100 :-)

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Old March 21st, 2004, 06:00 PM   #8
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Robert:

Beware of cheap cables - glad you got the Belkin cables. I had a firewire cable that I purchased at Costco some years ago. It went bad on me and believe me, it was not mishandled. One minute it worked and the next it didn't.

I have been buying Belkin cables because they come with a lifetime warranty. The warranty is probably good as long as the company is in business :-) But I think you did the right thing getting the Belkin cables.

Good luck with your GS100.
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Old March 21st, 2004, 07:34 PM   #9
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Robert,
USB is intended for Web cam and/or Still pictures download from the SD card.

Use the Firewire connection to capture DV (.avi) raw video to your hard drive. You better do that on your desktop (asume your HDD is bigger than the laptop one).

You will need third party editing software (not the one wich came with the cam). Movie maker 2 for Win XP (download from the MS homepage) should be good to get started (it's free).
Than you edit your footage (cut, erase unwanted, add transitions, titles, etc.) and render to MPEG2 for DVD-R recording. Watch on your DVD player.
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Old March 23rd, 2004, 05:00 PM   #10
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Bogdan,

Thanks for the clarification. Bummer on the Firewire & webcam. I was able to use Vistura as a webcam through the Firewire on my Dad's eMac when in Japan so I thought Windoze will have the same capability on their Firewire driver.

I checked out the Movie Maker 2 ... seems like a good start for me to delve head first into DV editing. I was already looking at Vegas but now I'm wondering if that is too much for a beginner? Only editing experience I have is the Pinnacle line thus far (Hi8 footage). Studio200 & Sutdio400.

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