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Old June 10th, 2007, 06:43 PM   #1
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Firewire vs. USB connection

Hello everyone,
When you see my name here, you'll know there will be a very basic question....

Can I capture HDV with a USB connection? I don't have a firewire connection for the HVR-A1U. Should it have come with the camera? Do I need to purchase one separately?

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Old June 10th, 2007, 09:11 PM   #2
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No, the USB is version 1.1 which is far too slow for streaming HDV. You're gonna have to use firewire. Firewire PCI cards are very inexpensive right now.
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Old June 10th, 2007, 09:19 PM   #3
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Unfortunately, the DV/HDV standards basically require a Firewire connection, USB just doesn't operate that way.

Regarding the lack of a Firewire cable, as far as I hear, pretty much no camcorder supplies one. It's somewhat unfortunate but the cables aren't very expensive.
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Old June 10th, 2007, 09:41 PM   #4
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I picked up my PCI firewire card for 15$ from radioshack. It includes 2 firewire and 2 usp ports, and installed in about 15 minutes, and did not even need installation. My computer read the card without even needing the drivers.

I have heard that the audio can be severly affected when using a USB cable.
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Old June 10th, 2007, 10:06 PM   #5
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Unfortunately, the DV/HDV standards basically require a Firewire connection, USB just doesn't operate that way.

Regarding the lack of a Firewire cable, as far as I hear, pretty much no camcorder supplies one. It's somewhat unfortunate but the cables aren't very expensive.
I'll look for a firewire cable right away! Not sure who sells it, but I guess I'll start with B&H photo/video where I got the camera.

Thanks for the help.
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Old June 10th, 2007, 10:21 PM   #6
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Not sure who sells it
Luckily, they arne't hard to find. You should be able to find a Firewire cable at any good computer store.
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I'll look for a firewire cable right away! Not sure who sells it, but I guess I'll start with B&H photo/video where I got the camera.

Thanks for the help.
Cindy, your local Walmart or Target both will have 4 pin and 6 pin firewire cables.
You'll need 4 pin for the camera end, and 6 pin for the computer end (unless you're using a PC laptop, some of the PC laptops have 4 pin connectors on them vs 6 pin).
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