Firewire

  EFC1878 23:26 27 Jun 05
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How will I know if I have a firewire already on my pc?

Does the type of firewire affect a digital camcorder purchase?

  DieSse 23:37 27 Jun 05

Look in Device Manager for a 1394 connection - this is Firewire.

  DieSse 23:41 27 Jun 05

PS - normally there would be a Firewire connector on the back of the system also - though it might be possible to have an internal connection which needs a cable/plate to bring it to the outside, this would be unusual.

What firewire looks like click here

  EFC1878 23:48 27 Jun 05

In the device manager it lists a 'OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Hiost Controller' .

Is that a firewire?

  DieSse 23:49 27 Jun 05

Yup

  EFC1878 23:50 27 Jun 05

Cheers.

Another question - does the type of firewire have any impact on the capture performance?

  DieSse 23:54 27 Jun 05

On the link I gave above there is a fairly good explanation of Firewire - I'm not aware of any distinctions in types personally - are camcorders offered with different types?

  EFC1878 23:58 27 Jun 05

Not sure. Feeling my way around the subject.

At the risk of asking an obvious question (never stopped me before) does the firewire act like a USB connection between the camcorder and the PC?

  DieSse 23:59 27 Jun 05

Ah - I see there is 1394b (800Mbps) now offered - unless your computer says otherwise it will be 1394 (400Mbps).

You can get plug-in cards with 1394b (Firewire 800) - I'm pretty certain a camera with FW800 could be used into a FW400 computer - but just at the lower speed.

Whether changing your PC to FW800 would offer any major benefit, I don't know - clearly transfers would be twice as fast - but in practice whether this would matter, I can't say. FW400 is pretty fast anyway.

  DieSse 00:02 28 Jun 05

"At the risk of asking an obvious question (never stopped me before) does the firewire act like a USB connection between the camcorder and the PC"

As far as I'm aware, it would be very similar - high speed USB is 480 Mbps - similar to FW400.

  EFC1878 00:04 28 Jun 05

Cheers once again. You have been a big help

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