Where to get a Firewire 800 > 400 converter, cheap, in the UK please! :)

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  1. TheSVD macrumors 6502a

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    Hey, i have looked around the forums but most of it is US stores and stuff.
    Where can i get that cable in the UK for cheap, which you plug into the FW800 port and on the other end is a FW 400 female port?
    I REALLY need that in my 2 weeks easter break, as i need to capture some footage off of some cameras for my college assesments... this quite literally depends on my future because if i cant capture and edit this footage now, i wont have tim eto edit it when i get back to college, and ill fail my A level!
    Didnt mean to ask for the sympathy vote there :p

    EDIT: Or a cheap express card to FW400, either way :)
    Thankyou!

    *Oh, and i mean to order online thankyou :)

    EDIT3: Alot of people seem to be not reading my post down below, so ill put it that i found this product: http://www.ilgs.co.uk/products.asp?partno=FAD-824 And was wondering if this will work okay to capture some video from my video camera, thanks :)
     
  2. TheSVD thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    cheers mate, but not what i need - as i need the fw400 to be female :)
    But, ive just found this: http://www.ilgs.co.uk/products.asp?partno=FAD-824 and this website has 64 seller ratings, so its all good :D
    Just wondering if anyone actualy uses one and if this will be okay for capturing some footage? :)
     
  3. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    I dont think that convertor will work for capturing video? You have to get a really expensive device to allow you to do that from FW 400 to 800.
     
  4. TheSVD thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ahh what really?
    but surely just converting it would be fine?
    Can anyone confirm this? :confused:
    http://www.sonnettech.com/product/fw_adapter.html
    The official website shows a picture of a camcorder connecting to a mac mini, but thats hardly confirmation now is it :p
    I thought an adapter would work though!
     
  5. cube macrumors G5

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    Where did you get that idea?
     
  6. TheSVD thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yeah! i mean its only capturing from "DV PAL", some crappy 4:3 res cameras we use at college!
     
  7. cube macrumors G5

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    In case you just want the adapter without cable sometimes they are called FW800 to FW400 "gender changers" (even if it doesn't change the gender of your endpoint, like you want. You have to check the genders at each side).
     
  8. TheSVD thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yeah i know, if you looked at my later post thats what im getting :)
    Can someone verify this will work for capturing video please? :D
     
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  10. TheNightPhoenix macrumors 6502

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    Darn, It was a link to a 800 to 4pin dv cable.

    I think the adapter your looking at will work fine but it's not as cheap as the cables from kenable

    Edit:
    Link seems to work again, at least for me.
     
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    I know you already found what you were looking for, but fyi, express card doesn't supply power, so you will always need an external power source when using an express card adapter.
     
  12. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    You don't need an adapter, just buy a new FW800 version of the cable to replace your old FW400 cables.

    The adapters are easy to lose, simply tossing a new cable in with the camera eliminates something you need to find to hook the camera up.
     
  13. TheSVD thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    no, cause that illogically means buying lots of new cables when i could just buy one adapter...
    Cause i want to be able to plug in other things via FW400 in the future, and rather than buying new cables, thought this would be better?
    Can someone please just confirm, for the love of god, whether this will let me capture footage from my camera using firewire DV pal right from the camera, into the adapter? :D
     
  14. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Only need 2 cables, a 9-to-4 pin for camera and a 9-to-6 pin for the current FW400 devices -- since your daisy chaining off the FW400 devices will still use the current cables.

    Especially since you only have one FW800 port on the notebooks, and the 2 cables are generally less expensive than the 1 adapter.
     
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    yeah... as long as thats male to male, one side of that is FW800, and the other, 4 pin, FW 400 used for cameras?
     
  18. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    The 9-pin is the FW800.

    The 4-pin and 6-pin connectors are FW400.

    FW800 is backwards compatible with FW400 so plugging in a FW400 device on the other end just turns the port into a FW400 port.

    No conversion needed, all you need is a port adapter or a cable with the right connectors. Whichever is easiest to find.
     
  19. TheSVD thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    okay, thankyou :D
    All i wanted to do, is just plug my FW400 4pin camera into my firewire 800 slot, and i guess this is the way to do it cheapest :D
    As that other thing was way expensive w/shipping :p

    ARGG
    they only take paypal, i dont have a paypal account!
    Looks like its that other site :(
     
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    Well its on its way today, i shall let everyone know how it goes when i recieve it :)
     
  21. TheSVD thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, i recieved it today and it works perfectly, captured the stuff from the camera just fine :)
    Brilliant stuff :D
     

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