I am borrowing a Panasonic DVX100b from a friend and I'm having trouble capturing. It uses FireWire 800, but my laptop (Toshiba Satellite L505) does not have a FireWire jack. I was told that an external hard drive with FireWire would work just fine, and I could capture to that, but that is contradicted by almost every person, so I don't know what to believe. My laptop does not have PCI express slot, but I am considering putting a FireWire drive into my tower to tranfer the files to it and then store them in my ex. hard drive. I was told FireWire to USB either does not work, or doesn't exist, and I'm really pulling my hair out because of all of this difficulty. I had the same problem with my first camera, it would never capture, and it was just microUSB. Any help I will appreciate.
asked Dec 16 '10 at 13:29
I can't really help, but I can explain the whole FireWire and external HD thing.
What you can do is hook up your camera to your external HD via FireWire and hook up that same external HD with another FireWire to your computer.
Let's say you have a new Macbook Pro. This MBP only has a FireWire 800 port. You have a camera with a FireWire 400 connection and you have an external HD with FireWire 400, FireWire 800, USB and eSATA (for example, a LaCie disk).
So, you can connect the HD with FireWire 800 to your computer and connect the camera with FireWire 400 to your HD. Now, your camera will also be available to your computer, with the HD as a sort of hub.
answered Dec 16 '10 at 14:00