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- December 30, 2009 at 2:43 AM #45829
My new computer does not have a firewire port, I have a Sony camcorder DCR-HC32. Is there a way to upload and edit my DV tapes from my camcorder? Can I use a firewire to USB cable? I have a USB 2.0 port, will that be just as good?
- December 30, 2009 at 3:08 AM #189736RobParticipant
no…USB doesn’t support the capture of tape because USB transfer data in bursts rather than a steady stream. You need to buy an expansion card so you can put firewire ports on your computer.
- December 30, 2009 at 3:13 AM #189737CoreeceParticipant
What type of computer are you using?
I have an extrafirewire card I don’t use if you want it.
- December 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM #189738
I have a Compaq CQ5110F. Is it difficult to do add a firewire card? How do I know if my computer will support that? Thank you!
- December 30, 2009 at 4:56 PM #189739BruceMolParticipant
Going by the information on http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content/Sony-DCR-HC32-Camcorder-Review.htm# If you have the base station for that camera you have USB connectivity.
Going by http://www.desktopreview.com/default.asp?newsID=743&Review=HP+Compaq+CQ5110f there is room for a FIREWIRE card unless you have purchased other options – because I see only one open bus on the stock m/b image.
This is one of those times when it would be really handy to have a good relationship with a local computer shop. Firewire cards are inexpensive ($20 or so?), so that’s a good thing.
- December 30, 2009 at 6:20 PM #189740CoreeceParticipant
“Is it difficult to do add a firewire card?”
you’d have to open up the computer and slide the card into the matching PCI slot….It’s not really hard, but it might be a bit uncomfortable if you’ve never done it before.
- January 1, 2010 at 3:28 PM #189741
Thank you everyone, I’ll see what I can do.
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