External Hard Drive Setup for Capturing DV

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by polyethyleneguy, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. polyethyleneguy macrumors member

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    I have a macbook and want to capture footage from my miniDV cam. Should I purchase an external firewire hard drive and plug the camera into the drive and the drive into the one available port, Or should I buy a USB 2.0 hard drive and have that running into its own port and the camera by itself plugged directly into the firewire port.
    Sorry about the run-on sentence.
    Thanks.
     
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  3. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    And the answer was?

    Personally, I think both would probably work fine. Maybe slightly better would be to daisychain the camera with the firewire drive rather than use USB 2.0 which isn't great with large files. In a pinch both solutions would work fine.

    Ideally, of course, the camera should be on a separate firewire port, which is how I do it on my Powerbook (with an add-in PCMCIA card) (when I'm not just recording to the internal HD for later transfer to external).
     

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