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Dustin Dowling
long firewire cables to hook into Canon HV30
on Oct 14, 2010 at 1:53:24 pm

I am having difficulties using a long firewire cable to hook into our Mac Pro.

We are going to shoot a live cycling session in our studio in a few weeks.

Are set up:
Brand new MacPro 12 core 8GB RAM
4 Buses/Cards for FireWire (Each with 800 & 400 inputs)
Unibrain 'Smart' 800 FireWire Cable (130ft)
Wirecast Software

I have a six foot firewire with one end for the Canon HV30 camera (4pin) and the other end is FW800 (9pin). This wire works fine and Wirecast recognizes the camera.

But when I try to use the 130ft 800 FW 'smart' cable with a GGI 9pin female to 4pin male adapter, it does not work. Now I know the Smart cables work. I have tested them on hard drives. and the length is not an issue because they are designed so they do not need repeaters. So i know the issue is the adapter, but I don't know what other way I could hook up the camera.

Maybe one repeater at the end of each smart cable, then use my 9pin to 4pin 6ft wire that i know works?

Any suggestions would be most helpful. Thank you.


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Walter Soyka
Re: long firewire cables to hook into Canon HV30
on Oct 15, 2010 at 7:56:36 pm

[Dustin Dowling] "But when I try to use the 130ft 800 FW 'smart' cable with a GGI 9pin female to 4pin male adapter, it does not work. Now I know the Smart cables work. I have tested them on hard drives. and the length is not an issue because they are designed so they do not need repeaters. So i know the issue is the adapter, but I don't know what other way I could hook up the camera."

I'm not familiar with the product, so this one's a shot in the dark. Perhaps the connecting a FW hub (or even one of those hard drives) over your smart cable, then daisy-chaining the camera to the hub would help? This "smart cable" may be expecting the connecting device to draw power, which a 9-4 pin adapter would prevent.

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Brian Louis
Re: long firewire cables to hook into Canon HV30
on Oct 30, 2010 at 11:19:47 am

[Dustin Dowling] "then use my 9pin to 4pin 6ft wire that i know works"
Why don't you try a same gender adapter(barrel) and use the 6' cable as the adapter to feed the 130 and see if that works, the 9to4 pin adapter may be futzed.


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Royce Hildreth
Re: long firewire cables to hook into Canon HV30
on Feb 19, 2012 at 5:02:01 pm

Dustin,
I don't know if your still following this thread but I'm curious if you figured this out. I all the sudden am having the same issue. However it's been working fine up until recently, so I'm thinking its my cables breaking down.


Thanks
Royce



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