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Notebook has no firewire port

Discussion in 'Digital camcorders' started by angus999, Feb 12, 2007.

  1. angus999

    angus999 Regular member

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    Hi all,

    I wish to transfer from my Sony HC24 camcorder miniDV tape to PC so that I can record it onto DVD but my notebook does not have a firewire port.

    I'm told I need firewire as the quality when transfereing via USB is very poor.

    My notebook (Compaq Presario C350) does not appear to have the capability to add a firewire card.

    Is there any other way I can convert/adapt a port (for instance a USB port) to firewire?

    Thanks
     
  2. LABOY

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    If your notebook has a pc card (PCI) slot, pick up an pc card with a firewire connector at BestBuy, CompUSA, CircuitCity, etc. Check your notebook specs to see in your what pc cards it will accept. I am not an expert but I believe what you need is a type III cardbus adaptor. I have an old notebook with USB 1.1 ports and I picked up a pc card at Circuit City that has both a USB 2.0 and a firewire connector. It was made by Adaptec and the USB 2.0 and firewire connection work great!!! They'll run you about 50$ or less. Adaptec is more on the expensive ones so there are probably 3rd party that are cheaper.

    Here is what I am talking about:
    http://www.adaptec.com/en-GB/products/_eol/firewire/fw_adapt/AFW-1430/index.htm
     
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    angus999 Regular member

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    I only purchased my notebook last Christmas. Not thinking to check on a brand new PC's expandability, I found recently that there is no PCi slot, firewire port or other means to 'install a firewire connection!!

    It's unbelievable really in this day and age that a notebook of it's apparent quality does not have a firewire or means of expanding!
     
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    Have you tried the transfer with USB, yet? I know there is a difference is the rate of transfer between USB and Firewire, but I haven't heard of significant quality issues betweetn the two...
     
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    Hey Laboy,

    Yes I have tried with a USB transfer using various programs but the quality of playback on the PC and subsequently burned DVD is terrible.

    I am informed by another website Videohelp: http://forum.videohelp.com/viewtopic.php?t=322263&highlight= ) that it is because of the USB transfer not being able to handle suitable quality video, the quality of video that firewire can!

    It looks as though I am stuck, as my notebook does not look to be expandable to firewire!
     

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