Firewire and a Tape

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by nelsencaleb, Feb 19, 2010.

  1. nelsencaleb macrumors regular

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    I am looking for a firewire and have a question about a buying a tape.

    I need a firewire cable for a Canon ZR960. Where would I purchase one?
    I also need a tape. Do certain tapes go with certain camcorders, or can I just use any?

    Links, Price, or Recommendations are welcome.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    Your MBP has a Firewire (FW) 800 port with 9 pins.
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    Your camera has a so-called FW 4-pin port.
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    You need a 4-pin to 9-pin FW cable.
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    Additional information on FW connectors:
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    Any miniDV tape should suffice, but sometimes Canon cameras don't like the tapes made by Sony.


    miniDV tape example:
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    Shopping can be done via a local electronics retailer or many online shops.

    miniDV tapes
    Firewire 4-pin to 9-pin cable - those cables should be had for around 9€.
     
  3. nelsencaleb thread starter macrumors regular

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    Awesome Reply

    Great response. Pictures, links, and descriptions. So currently I am bidding on a ZR960, have favorite'd a 4-9 pin firewire cable, and am watching 3 60m tapes @9.99+5$shipping.

    Are those tapes worth what they want?
     
  4. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000

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    you didn't say what kind of tape you're looking at...

    I would strongly suggest not going the ebay route and looking at a legit video store like B&H.
     
  5. nelsencaleb thread starter macrumors regular

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    Looking@ These.

    Sorry. Heres a link to what I'm looking at.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...71102&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT#ht_1572wt_1078

    It says in the title that they are for the ZR960.
    I'm sure I could buy these from newegg or Amazon also, or from the canon site itself. Tell me if these look good please.

    Almost forgot..here is the firewire cable that I picked out.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...=OTC-Froogle-_-Cables-_-Tripp+Lite-_-12120372

    Looking forward to the next post,
    thanks.
     
  6. spinnerlys Guest

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    Yes, that cable will work, also it is a bot on the expensive side of things.

    And those tapes will work too, but there are no tapes made specifically for any type of camera. They are universal, but sometimes certain cameras can't operate with certain kind of tapes, as some cameras for example don't like Sony tapes.
     
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  8. huntercr macrumors 65816

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    The camera ought to come with a cable, so why don't you wait until you receive it and see if the seller included it before you spend the money on it?
    Also, you can buy MiniDV tapes anywhere, even wallmart.
     

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