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Old March 28th, 2006, 06:40 PM   #1
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firewire 400 or 800 for direct to laptop

trying to work out if there's any point in using 9-pin firewire (with compatible external drive) for recording direct to laptop.

since the camera only has 4-pin output (requiring adaptor on the cable anyway) would an 800 speed cable be redundant?

any thoughts?
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Old March 28th, 2006, 07:05 PM   #2
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The HVX is a IEE1394a/firewire400 device, so it wont make a difference for the camera cable. But if you also use an external firewire disk to capture to connecting that to the 800 bus will be the best option.
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Old March 28th, 2006, 10:46 PM   #3
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if you have a PC microsoft pretty much killed 1394b with XP service pack 2.
conisider it lucky if you can get 1394a speeds using a 1394b card bus and 1394b external drives.
completely different story if you have XP service pack 1 = you'll get the max thru put of the drive you hook up over 1394b to 1394b .. around 60-65MBs on 400 gig drives
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Old March 29th, 2006, 12:22 PM   #4
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Win2k and 1394b

If I'm still using Win2k Pro sp4, will i see the same problems with going to 1394b?
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