12-28-2009, 06:50 PM #1
Any new Camcorders w/Firewire 800 out?
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- Dec 28, 2009
Been shopping for a new HD camcorder and see some with as much as 250 gig harddrive and what do they do for an output USB 2.0!! My 5 year old mini DV handycam at least has a 1394. Yeah, yeah I know USB 2 and Firewire 400 are suppose to be about the same but the tests consistently show firewire 400 is about 20% faster.
Firewire 800 would be out of this world and since I just got a new Mac Book with the 800 plug it only makes sense to find a camcorder.
Anyone know of a decent unit in the $1,000 range with one?
Thanks for replying.
12-29-2009, 01:38 AM #2
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- Feb 25, 2009
- Late 2013 rMBP, i7, 750m gpu, OSX versions 10.9.3, 10.10
Consumer HD camcorders come in 2 flavors - HDV (more rare) that will use firewire to transfer the video, but only FW400 - which is all that's needed for its design - and mass storage (hdd, sd, etc.) which uses (only AFAIK) USB as it makes the camera look like a mounted drive. If there are any fw800 camcorders, they'd be high end pro-sumer, or professional grade, ie:lots of cash.
I wouldn't be too upset about the USB based mass storage camcorders, they work well and overall, the transfer rate isn't terrible. Could it be better? sure. Is it worth fretting over - probably not at this stage with the budget you have in mind. Plus, you don't specify the Mac you have, but depending on your configuration, you may find more of a bottleneck in the system converting the HD footage to AIC (iMovie, FCE) or ProRES (FCP) rather then the transfer of the footage off of an SD card via USB.My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Debian as a server; Apple TV (1080p version)
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