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How can I transfer video from my Canon camcorder to my new Gateway FX6860-EF22P? 

by on October 1, 2011

Q: I have just purchased a Gateway FX6860-EF22P.
I needed to transfer video from my Canon camcorder but my PC does not have firewire or PCI slots. I purchased a new PCIe firewire card. My new PC recognized my new card and installed drivers.
My camcorder does not recognize my PC. Yes I have tried a legacy driver but still no luck.
I need help.
Please.

 
 

Can I use both firewire connections on my HP Pavilion simultaneously? 

by on January 18, 2011

Q: I have a HP Pavilion Desktop, model m8020n; I am trying to find out if I can use both fire-wire connection (one in front, and one in back) simultaneously.

 
 

Do they make a USB based firewire card? 

by on April 15, 2010

Q: I have an older sony camcorder with a 1394ieee port. My current computer does not support this and I have no expansion bays to add a firewire card. Is there an adapter or external converter available so that I can download from the device using my usb port?

 
 

How come my computer doesn’t detect my new Canon Gl1 with an installed IEEE-1394 firewire? 

by on February 13, 2010

Q: How come my computer doesn’t detect my new Canon Gl1 with an installed IEEE-1394 firewire?

 
 

Should I use a firewire cable to transfer video from my Sony Handycam to my computer? 

by on November 21, 2009

Q: I have a Sony Handycam and it is a few years old. I want to upload the videos to my PC and wondering if I should get a firewire cable and which one do you recommend?

 
 

Is there such a thing as a firewire to USB converter? 

by on October 17, 2009

Q: I recently received a new (well, technically used, but new to me) camera to shoot content with for my website, but it only transfers video files to PC through firewire. My problem is, my PC only has USB inputs and no firewire. Is there any sort of converter that will allow me to plug the firewire cable from my camera to my PC’s USB? If so, where can I find one?

 
 

Getting the best speed from a FireWire 800 card 

by on December 30, 2008

Q: What transfer speeds can I expect to get when using FireWire 800 interface cards? For instance, a FireWire 800 to PCI isn’t going to get you 800 MB per second, is it? Likewise, PCMCIA has speed limitations. These device manufactures don’t bother to provide details on interface limitations.

A: Excellent question! As you know, most computers do not have FireWire 800 built-in. Part of the reason for this is that FireWire 800 connections are often faster than the devices to which you are connecting. For example, traditional hard drives read/write data at speeds far below FireWire 800’s capabilities. Additionally, the Front Side Bus in many computers is too slow for FireWire 800.

But because FireWire 400 is slightly slower than many external devices, FireWire 800 is a great technology for many multimedia professionals. If you own a desktop computer, you will probably achieve the fastest FireWire 800 speeds by using a PCI Express card. For best laptop performance, you should use ExpressCard technology. The links below will help you to select the best Firewire 800 card for your situation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExpressCard
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_1394_interface
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA#eSATA_in_comparison_to_other_external_buses

Tip: Although I and many other geeks feel that FireWire-based technology is superior to USB-based technology, Apple (the main creator of FireWire) and other companies are abondoning FireWire-based technologies in favor of USB-based solutions such USB 2.0 and the upcomming USB 3.0. Invest in FireWire-based solutions at your own risk!

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Transfer speed of Firewire 800 

by on November 17, 2008

Q: What transfer speeds can you expect to get when using Firewire 800 interface cards? For instance, a Firewire 800 to PCI isn’t going to get you 800MB per second, is it? Likewise, PCMCIA has speed limitations with cardbus. These device manufactures don’t bother to provide details on interface limitations.

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