Camcorders forum: External hard drive firewire capture to USB-only pc?

by: netx5 February 16, 2008 8:20 AM PST

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External hard drive firewire capture to USB-only pc?

by netx5 - 2/16/08 8:20 AM

I have a small form factor pc, it doesn't have any PCI or other expansion slots to add a firewire card.

It has 6 USB 2.0 ports.

Someone informed me that a camcorder like the Canon HV20 has to be outputted/inputted to pc as a firewire connection during data transfer. (I understand that some Panasonics can go USB - this question is in regards to firewire-only cams.)

I see there are many products that claim to be able to adapt firewire to USB and specifically include camcorder dv in possible scenarios.

Regarding external hard drives, for example this one...

http://reviews.cnet.com/hard-drives/western-digital-mybook-premium/4507-3186_7-31793438.html?tag=sub

...I am looking for confirmation if this is or isn't possible:

-- Camcorder firewire out to external hard drive/firewire in
-- USB 2.0 out on external hard drive to USB 2.0 in on pc for capture
-- USB back out to external for data storage (or onto internal HDD if external not possible)

Are there any other possibilities besides an external hard drive?


Lastly, since I am able to capture video via a USB web cam and make movie files, this means that my 2.0 ghz/32mb integrated video pc has the ability to capture and I don't have to buy a separate capture card... right?

I know that, ultimately, I have to get a more powerful system (especially for HD) - I just wanted to know if this is good enough for now (i.e. downconvert to SD) - to get me by until I can get another system.

Thanks for your valued responses.

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