Converting vhs to dv using USB or Firewire?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by 9hundred, Mar 29, 2004.

  1. 9hundred macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2003
    When looking for a device to make transfers, does it make a difference whether it uses Usb or Firewire? Would it make a difference in the transfer speed?
  2. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Two words: Hell yes!

    Don't even consider USB. It isn't fast enough. You'll drop frames left and right.

    Firewire all the way.
  3. 9hundred thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2003
    Do most dv camera's allow you to input analog for convertion to digital on the computer?
  4. djbahdow01 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2004
    Northeast, CT
    Firewire all the way, most DV cameras have a firewire port today, none that i have looked at have a USB port for connecting to computer. Firewire makes for a no loss solution.
  5. claytonbench macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2002
    Humboldt, KS
    I would recommend the Studio MovieBox DV Version 9 Video Editor i bought it saturday and couldnt be happier. I just use iMovie with it and all is great. Even on a dual 2GHZ I wish the importing of files could be faster but this is no way has to do with the DV box.
  6. yuc7zhd2 macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2003
    Many miniDV camcorders do have the option to record from an s video or composite video (the yellow one) source. I have a canon ZR60 and it has the ability. You could then transfer the video from the canon to iMovie. I believe, (though I have not yet tested it because I haven't had time for any editing lately) that you could record one of these sources directly (no dv tape, just plug tv into camera, plug camera into firewire) without any tape now with iMovie. The reasoning for this is that the new version of iMovie can record directly from the iSight, so I would assume that you could probably record directly from a DV camera, sans film. At any rate, go miniDV camcorder, you get more versatility out of it because you can use it for more than just video transfer. If you check for prices, you can usually get a really good deal on good products also. I got my ZR60 at Best Buy a few months back for $240 or $299 (can't remember), either way cheap.
  7. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    Here is the difference between firewire and usb. At max ideal conditions, usb is faster than firewire (just slightly), but the two have different ideal conditions. Usb was created for short bursts of data (mice, keyboards, printers), while firewire was developed for streaming data (hard drives, burners). Either can do the other, just not as good. You see usb do everything, but firewire stays away from mice and stuff for costs reasons.

    So if you are tranfering small packets of data (even like 100 1k files), usb is the way to go. But if you are doing anything normal (say bigger than a few k to huge, firewire should be you choice.

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