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Firewire Problem


justin.coll

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I have an Iomega firewire 300GB hard disk and a Samsung mini DV camera (also firewire)

 

If I capture from the Camera to the drive it does not work at all, is there anything I can do to get these to work, or is this an error with Roxio?

 

If I capture to my PC's internal hard disk it works fine, or to the Iomega drive using USB instead it also works.

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I'm assuming the drive is hooked up to the firewire port on your PC. Where do you have the camcorder plugged in....to the port on the PC, or to a port on the back of the external drive?

 

~Gary

 

The Cam and the Iomega Drive have their own seperate port on the firewire card on the PC

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The Cam and the Iomega Drive have their own seperate port on the firewire card on the PC

 

You are exceeding the capabilities (bandwidth) of firewire. You cannot hook-up 100 hardrives to a usb hub and expect to get blazing speed even though usb can handle this many items at the same time. The same goes for firewire. Capture to the harddrive and then transfer. I like to capture to my daughters computer HD and then transfer via the network to my editing computer, this way I am not tying up my system for an hour . Also if you capture using Roxio capture and select mpeg, the render time for a video project is really fast.

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Jim is correct...I only asked if you had the cam hooked to the external drive because some folks have tried that unsuccessfully in the past. In your configuration you're passing the data stream through the firewire card two times - once on the way out of the camera and again on the way to the external drive. That's likely more data than the pipe can handle.

 

That's why it works when the drive is hooked up to the USB port - the data is going from the cam to the PC through the firewire port and from the PC to the drive on the USB port.

 

Since you have the USB2.0 option why not use that? USB2.0 is slightly faster than firewire anyway, and it solves the problem you're having.

 

Regards,

 

Gary

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