FIREWIRE to USB converter

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  1. JayW

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    My new Laptop has USB connections but no Firewire connection. Are there converters to allow Firewire to be connected through USB port?
    I have an external Hard Drive and Video Camera that use Firewire.

    (and I know I should have found this out before I bought the Laptop !!! )
     
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    I have seen them, but not for a long time and they were expensive. Also due to the transfer rates of USB2.0 compared to firewire I don't think they could be used with a camcorder that requires a constant transfer rate that USB can't do.
    What expansion ports does the laptop have? If it has a PCMCIA or Expresscard slot then you can add firewire via these. PCMCIA to firewire cards are only about £20, but Expresscards tend to be a fair bit more.
    PCMCIA card Here for £10.99
    Express card Here for £22.99

    The above links were just found with a quick search and the site is not linked to as a recommendation by me! Further searching may find a better deal.

    Mark.
     
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    Many thanks Mark. Yes I have an Express Card slot, so this is the way to go.
     
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    also there are cable sets you can buy cheaply which convert firewire to usb,
    i bought mine of ebay last year for 5quid..

    if i find the link i'll put it up here in abit....
     
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    Hi

    Just bought one. Where did you get drivers from to make it work?

    Cheers,

    Tony
     
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    make what work? A firewire to usb converter?
     
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    Hello, I'm new to this for um and looking for advice.

    Is it really posssible to convert firewire from my camcorder straight to a USB port on my laptop with nothing but a cable? I have read in several places that is is not, but you are a senior editor here and so must know your subject.

    Any help much appreciated.
    Cheers, Si.
     
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    No you can't connect a firewire device to USB!
    Firewire needs a constant transfer rate for video, but USB works on a burst rate transfer. Also the protocoles each use are different so hardware conversion would be needed.

    Basically anybody selling a firewire to USB cable is selling a scam - they can't possibly work.

    Mark.
     
  9. wayne101

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    Hi, I too have a camcorder (w/ DV tapes) and looking to transfer these onto my laptop (Packard Bell EasyNote TM NEW90. Problem is my laptop doesnt have a firewire port or PCI/Express slot, only usb or hdmi, any ideas please?
     
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    Welcome to the forum wayne101 :hiya:

    The HDMI port on your laptop is almost certainly an output only, ie for connecting it to a TV/monitor. So that is no good for capturing video.
    As has been mentioned in this thread already USB is no good for full quality capture from a miniDV camcorder as it just isn't up to the data transfer rates required. However there is a device that will capture from firewire and connect to a PC via USB, but this captures to a compressed (so not full quality) format - Pinnacle Studio Moviebox

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    Thanks mark, that's very helpful, although at £80 from amazon its not a cheap solution.

    Thanks for your help.
    Wayne
     
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    Very clear Mark, I have the folowing problem : I bought my son a new laptop ( Asus A53SV-SX538V ) and he uses a M-Audio firewire 1814 external sound board that conveys the signal to high quality speakers ( the speakers have the amplification inside). The laptop has not pci extension slots (the only way to get to the pci is thru a Flash Memory Card slot. The MAUDIO sound card has a 6 pin firewire input.
    I wonder if there are firewire PCI cards to connect the firewire cable to the laptop thru the flash memory reader slot. Or if the hdmi output can be connected to the firewire sound board.
     
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    Err, no, is the short answer. Neither the memory card reader or HDMI port is a starter.

    Express card or PC card slots are the only answer, as you need full width bus access to support the data rate.

    If you need firewire, it is much easier to buy a laptop with the input built in. HP Elitebooks, Alienware M17R2s and high end Sonys are just 3 I know for a fact have firewire... As I use all of them!
     

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