The Sony HVR-Z5 does use firewire - New!
by boya84 - 3/30/15 8:53 AM
In Reply to: very helpful by surfersam007
to transfer from camcorder to computer... unless your Z5's firewire port is somehow broken - it is a 4-pin firewire port - also called i.Link, IEEE1394 and DV.
The Z5 can record in a couple of different formats - including high definition HDV and standard definition DV.
If the captured video is standard definition DV format (not Sony's DVCAM format), then using another standard definition miniDV tape playback device will be fine (assuming the record speed is SP, not LP).
If the captured video is standard definition DVCAM format video, then a Sony pro-device is needed to playback that tape.
If the captured video is high definition HDV format, a standard definition only DV format playback device (deck or camcorder used as a deck - in your case, a Canon standard def XL1 camcorder) will NOT be able to deal with the HDV format video. No playback no downsampling to DV...
We talk about the difference in writing the data to the digital tape if you want to go there. The XL1 had a large, 6-pin firewire connector. The small 4-pin IEEE1394 connector is just as "firewire"... You just need a different connector on the camcorder side. Could be a cable change or an adapter on the camcorder end of the cable.
There is also a 9-pin firewire connector - usually found on external drives and computers (Firewire800). We don't know anything about the device to which you want to connect the Z5...
Agree with Bob that HDV decks are more expensive than a camcorder. We need more information to understand what is really needed for your digital video importing.
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