Help with i-link(firewire) to USB

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  1. Frank Campbell

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    I own a sony camcorder minidv dcr-pc8e. Until recently I used my sons desktop with firewire for simple editing. As happens he has flown the nest and I now have a Compaq laptop c542 (he helped)which only has usb. Do I have any options or is it a journey to his new home for me to edit.

    Hope some expert can help.

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    There are usb to firewire adaptor cables, but I have no experience of them to know how fast they transfer. Hope someone else comments on this.
    Or you could get a firewire to PCMCIA (or whatever yours has) card for your laptop.
     
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    I wouldn't use them for video transfer from a DV camcorder
    Apart from the considerations of Speed, you would find that the software you are capturing the video data to will simply not recognise USB as a transfer method
    A readily available PCMCIA ( Or express card) Firewire adaptor as shown in Marks link above is the answer
     
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    Thanks for quick response, as far as I can see the Compaq c542 has three ports and they are all USB. Only other is S-Video out.
     
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    You are absolutely right..

    Sadly, the 542 is one of those new breed of "lightweight" Laptops that do not have on board firewire, nor a PCMCIA or Express card slot:rolleyes:

    It is probably more than ideal for editing mpegs from DVDs or HDD camcorders but it is unfortunate that Compaq (HP) have denied it any expansion capability and still not put in onboard firewire ( Im sure it wouldn't have cost them much) that would make DV capturing ( and return to tape,if desired) feasible

    I had a brief look at it at PCW ( it is a Dixons, PCW ect exclusive)
    Thankfully most others there had both built in firewire and expansion card ability so it isnt a trend which is catching:devil:
     
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    Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to answer my questions.
     

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