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    My options are a bit limited on how I can transfer the Mini-DV Tapes to my Laptop for editing with Edius. I have to go through a PC that I had Avid Liquid Pro built for a couple years ago via firewire. Than I transfer to portable drive and download to laptop. Is there a better way? I plan to invest in a camera that shoots on the SD cards ASAP but am disappointed in footage quality upon transfer. Any thoughts?

  • #2
    Does your laptop have an expansion port?

    If it does you could use something like this to transfer the DV tapes directly into Edius:
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    • #3
      that means your laptop has no firewire port, correct?
      Anton Strauss
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      • #4
        No firewire port, HDMI / USB / SD Card slot


        • #5
          You might want to see if you can get a Firestore device. IIRC, you could disconnect it from the camera and connect it to a computer as an external drive.

          You would still have to transfer/capture the footage from the camera/deck to the Firestore, but at least you could skip the export/transfer to the external drive, as it's already on the external drive.


          • #6
            Longest time is the capture from tape. You could capture straight to a portable drive attached to the PC with IEEE1394 and then just edit from that drive on the laptop. USB2 is fast enough for a single stream of DV or HDV. After you have the files on that disc for backup storage. USB only has a problem with isochronous stream from a tape it is fine for file transfer. Camera to PC is isochronous but PC to the USB drive is a file transfer with all the RAM in the PC to use as a buffer. DV/HDV tape is about 3.5 MBps and most USB 2 hard drives will sustain close to 20MBps.

            Ron Evans
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