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    Firewire missing

    I'm not sure this is the right forum, but it's the closest I could find. It's a real newbie question, since I'm fairly new to the digital movie-making world.
    I have a laptop without a firewire connection. It was bought a few months ago, before I even knew what a firewire is. I cannot afford myself to buy another computer right now.
    At the moment, I need to depend on someone else's Mac computer in order to view and save the rushes. It's really uncomfortable.
    In the little research that I did I found that my only option is probably to hook a firewire cable to the camera with a USB output to my laptop. But that can't be recommended, can it? If I could use USB, then I wouldn't have a problem.

    So am I missing something? What are my options other then buy another computer? Does using a cable like that can do the trick? Is it considerably slower? Will it yield lesser quality video?

    Your insights will be highly appreciated. This is very frustrating...

    Thank you.

    #2
    If I'm correct you can buy a pcmcia card for the laptop that will do the same as an internal one. here is a link
    you only have to plug the card in the pcmcia reader of the laptop and you have a firewire link ready to import images.
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      #3
      Find out if your laptop has a pcmcia or expresscard slot. Whichever one it has, buy the appropriate firewire card as mentioned above. But, find out if it is a pcmcia slot, an expresscard 34, or expresscard 54 slot first. Then, go to newegg or someplace and buy a firewire card for it. Problem solved.

      Later,
      Jason

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        #4
        Thank you all. I had no idea this option exists.

        The specifications on my computer say:

        "1 PCMCIA (or PC Card) slot (Type II, PCMCIA R2.01, PC Card16, CardBus)"

        So when I ask for a card, it has to be one of the types mentioned above, I reckon.

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          #5
          i have this same problem and i found a connector at best buy

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            #6
            Yep, problem solved. Thank you so much, all!

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              #7
              what about me though?? I have a computer so this wont work and the connector was like 40 bucks!!!! =(

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                #8
                Originally posted by clarkage View Post
                I have a computer so this wont work=(
                What do you mean by that? I'm not using a toaster-oven myself, you know.

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                  #9
                  clarkage I'm going out on a limb and guessing that you have a desktop computer and not a laptop computer - both of which are still computers You probably need a pci card firewire adapter which should also be at bestbuy for about $40 or so. Check to make sure you have available slots first though.
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                    #10
                    LOL sorry for the miss coception guys! Yes it is a desktop computer and no i dont have any fire wire ports but i do have 6 USB ports =) I would like too not pay $40 for a little connector but i will if i have to so anyone have any ideas? Also what is a pci card?

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                      #11
                      pci card... computers (desktops) have pci slots in the back of them. That's where you plug things like sound cards, modems, video cards, etc into.

                      You can buy a pci to expresscard adapter, or a pci to pcmcia adapter and then a card like the original poster bought for their laptop.

                      Or you can buy a pci to firewire card like Jeff suggested. If you don't have firewire ports, it's either spend 20-50 bucks to get some using one of the above methods, or go buy a new computer

                      How old is your computer? are you sure you don't have a firewire port?

                      Later,
                      Jason

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