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Which firewire card

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Making Forum' started by surefire, Apr 8, 2004.

  1. surefire

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    I'm going to purchase a camcorder with DV in/out very soon and will need a firewire card to pipe the DV into my computer. My question is this: will any Firewire card do the job? or are there better ones than others?. What is the difference between expensive and cheap cards? and are there any issues I should be aware of?

    I found this from Dabs.

    http://www.dabs.com/uk/channels/components/controllersandiocards/productView.htm?quicklinx=2J0R

    It has the bonus of USB 2.0 ports as well. Would this do what I want?

    Thanks
     
  2. vonhosen

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    You don't have to buy an expensive one.

    Any generic one should do the job just fine. If you are using one particular editing program to capture I would check the editing programs website to see if they have any known issues with certain brands of chipsets (& then avoid cards that have those chipsets if they do). Other that I wouldn't worry much.
     
  3. MarkE19

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    The expensive one will have a make on the box that you probably know quite well. The cheap one will be made by a company you have probably never heard of.
    There are cards that will cost more because of added features, such as the firewire/USB2.0 card you found. You can then go up to cards costing several hundred pouns because they have bundled software and/or hardware codecs for real time features etc.
    To get a start on the NLE ladder you can buy any of the cheap cards and they will all work fine for capturing from a DV camcorder. If it says firewire, iLink, ieee1394 on the box then it basically does what you need.

    Mark.
     
  4. Antoeknee

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    I've recently added firewire card to my machine this was part of a bundle with Pinnacle Studio 9 and a cable. Was About £50 from Amazon
     

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