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Author: Topic: Capturing Video on New iMac with only 1 FireWire Port

Posted: Mon, 13 Jul 2009 08:32PM
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Using one of the new Apple iMacs, what is the best way to capture digital video footage (Mini DV) into Final Cut using an external drive as your scratch disk? The iMac offers only one FireWire 800 port. Is it advisable to connect the camcorder to the FireWire port and use a USB 2.0 to connect the external drive? Or can you connect the drive via FireWire 800 and connect the output of the camcorder to one of the other Fireiwre ports on the drive? In this instance I am using a Lacie Rugged Hard Disk that has one FireWire 800, one FireWire 400, and one USB 2.0 port.

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Author: Topic: Re: Capturing Video on New iMac with only 1 FireWire Port
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Posted: Thu, 16 Jul 2009 11:00PM
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USB drives work fine for DV, HDV, XDCAM EX. I've used USB drives with DVCPro HD footage with mixed results.

The major drawback to USB is they are slow - therefore if you transfer larges chunks of data it will take a while.

FireWire should work fine with drives daisy chained together. Do as you wrote: plug the drive for the media into the FireWire port on the iMac - and then camera into the back of the this.

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Author: Topic: Re: Capturing Video on New iMac with only 1 FireWire Port
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Posted: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 04:39PM
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I plug a GTECH FW800 in to iMac and use a FW800 to FW400 cable with a old white 6pin-4pin adapter on that. I keep it FW800 as much as I can.

Had no probs capturing and editing HDV on my iMac.

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