MacBook - DV Camera and FW400 External HD

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by chilipie, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. chilipie macrumors 6502a

    chilipie

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    Is it possible to import video from a Mini-DV camera to an external hard drive on a MacBook?

    The hard drive in question is a Western Digital My Book Pro - it has 2 FW800 and 1 USB B port, but unfortunately only one FW400, so daisy-chaining seems to be out of the question.

    Would a Firewire hub work, or would one port be unable to sustain the data transfer rate required?
     
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    I've done DV to FW400 capture without issues, although I admit it was with two ports.

    Given that a DV stream is "only" about 4MB/s (32Mbit), you can probably just plug the drive into a USB port and capture that way. It should also (theoretically) work fine with a FW400 hub--there's plenty of bandwidth--and that may reduce the chance of dropped frames, although it could also cause issues because of reserved bandwidth or something.

    Not really my area, and maybe somebody else has a better suggestion, but I'd just give USB2 a shot and see if it works to start with.
     
  3. chilipie thread starter macrumors 6502a

    chilipie

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    Ditto, using my iMac - but the MacBook, which I'm planning on buying in the near future, only has one.

    I'll just have to try it out I suppose, but I'd like to know if anyone has done it specifically on a MacBook.

    Thanks, Makosuke :)
     

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