New MBP: Daisy-chain DV-Video-capture?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ZballZ, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. ZballZ macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2006
    I do a lot of FCP video-editing on my current MBP. Usually I hook up my FW800 HDD as the Scratch Disk, and do the capture from a DV-player, hooked into the FW400.

    Would a similar setup be possible on the new MBP? Is it possible to connect my HD to the FW800 and then daisy-chain to the DV-player? Would this still make everything controlable from FCP?

    And ... would everything become slower? I mean when capturing the video-signal passes through to FCP and then goes back from the same wire to the harddisk. Doesn't sound like a good setup.

    Any experience anyone?
  2. Timur macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2008
    As long as the controller on the HD works as it should it shouldn't make no difference whatsoever. The FW400 port of the old MBP is on the very same FW800 bus, it's like daisy chaining, just internally.
  3. jhamerphoto macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2007
    I had wondered the same thing, so I asked a guy at the apple store. He said it would work as long as all the ports were working (obviously). I tried it out when I got my new mbp with fcp and it works exactly the same. I had mine daisy-chained through 2 HDDs. Have fun!
  4. ZballZ thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2006
    Thx! Sounds great - so it seems that a single FW800-port on the new MBP is no limitation after all.

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