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Firewire question

I have a Gateway computer...it's a few years old, but not sure on the model number. I do know it was the last model year to have both the 3.5" floppy and the CD/DVD drive. I can play DVD, but not burn them. Have a pentium 4 processor. I want to download and edit my videos onto my computer, but don't have the firewire port. How hoard/expensive is it to add one?

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Other posters have reported a cost of about $20.

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That's probably a good ball park.

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Usually connects by PCI...

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which means you'll have to open up the computer and install it... yes they are mostly cheap(inexpensive)...

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Kiddpeat's on it...

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cheap

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firewire cards are very cheap and inexpensive. a belkin costs about 40 dollars or a no name tiger direct card costs 12 bucks. you just take off the computer cover, plug it into the pci slot, and screw it in.

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Since your internal DVD drive only reads, you will need

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to get one that can be a burner. Depending on your comfort level, it can be internal or external (via your new FireWire port(s)).

Again, not a Fry's commercial, but they have examples of internal and external DVD drives at the site, too... otherwise, what were you planning to do with the edited video?

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Minimum Requirements..

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For DVD Authoring and Editing..
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Pentium 4/1.8 GHz was the minimum..I would think 2.8GHz these days..
512 MB's RAM..
7200 RPM System HDD[NTFS]File System..
80-GB's is a good size for starters..
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USB 2.0
IEEE 1394 Firewire and a Digital Sound Card/combo/CREATIVE is very good..
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XP Home Edition is a good OS..
I would suggest the ROXIO software for Video Authoring&Editing..
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You will need a DVD-decoder..
CYBERLink makes a nice DVD-player for XP..
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CREATIVE also supplies a DVD-player..
the De-Coder must be installed..XP does not have a DVD-decoder..
you'll need to check on the CREATIVE installed DVD-decoder..
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A couple of tricks in Video editing..
OPEN internet OPTIONS and under[Connections]CLICK-never dial MY InternetConnection..
In XP..if you use the Microsoft Movie Maker 2/you get an excellent AUTO-Recover feature..which might occur early on..it will SAVE your FILE/Project..
I never use CLIPS/un-check the FILE Transfer Window BOX-create [CLIPS]..
Only MP3 or WMA works well in your Projects..
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EDIT in DV..let the software you purchased do the Compressing to MPEG-2..stay in DV[videofile]..or DVavi..same thing..
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The rest is practice.

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