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Good 1394 PCIe card to use for Sony Digital 8 camcorder?

by tharizdun / October 15, 2012 12:43 PM PDT


I just built a new computer, but the motherboard doesn't support 1394 connections so I need a 1394 firewire card to accommodate my Sony Digital 8 Camcorder.

Can someone recommend an inexpensive card which will work with PCI Express slots, Windows 7, and can accommodate real-time video capture via Pinnacle 10.5?

I was looking at this one, mainly because I like the price at around $20:
VANTEC 3-Port FireWire 400 PCIe Host Card Model UGT-FW200

Thanks so much for any help.

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Wow, that's a nice card.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 16, 2012 3:29 AM PDT

I have never found it necessary to use the PCIe buss but wow, that's nice. I've used the usual 8 and under buck PCI cards for over a decade without issue.

As to your choice of Pinnacle, I never used that for the capture step. Last time I used WinDV (see google.)

The number of times I found other non-capture software troubles is something I lost count of.

But hey, great choice!

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by tharizdun / October 16, 2012 4:27 AM PDT

I may not need pci express either, but depending on the pci card (whether it's 1.0 or 2.0) it may or may not work in an express slot. And really, I don't need an extra variable to troubleshoot in the case I have an issue.

I appreciate the windv advice. I've seen lots of references to it but haven't looked into it.

I guess I'm stubborn. I'll use crappier software just because I paid good money for it.

Anyway, thanks for the help. If no other comments by end of day, I'll go ahead and get this card.

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WinDV is free so
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 16, 2012 4:35 AM PDT
In reply to: thanks

I'm always a little confused when folk write they will use that because they paid for it when a free small app that works very well for most of us does the capture step without too much fuss (actually no fuss at all for me.)

I have never found any PCIe card to work in a PCI slot or vice versa. I get the card for the slot but moving to PCIe does move part of the connection up a notch so why not? It certainly has not been an issue for over a decade but if you got the slot, use it.

I didn't write the Pinnacle was _rappy but that I found it easier to use a capture app for capture and an editor for editing.

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