I have a desknote 2.4 ghz, 512 ram, 30 gig hd running win xp pro. I also have an external maxtor 30 gig 7200 rpm hd connected via usb 2.0. I would LOVE to capture my video to this external drive, but frames get drop when I try. It works fine capturing to the internal drive. My question is, is there anything I can do to speed up that connection to the external? Is there a way to check the speed?
By the way, I'm using a canon gl-1 and capturing via firewire. I hope this is enough info. Thank you very much for any help you can supply.
There is no way to "speed it up". USB is designed to operate a lot of devices simultaneously. Much like the internet, data is broken down into bite-size packets that can intermingle between multiple devices. USB is simply not designed for sustained, uninterrupted fast throughput. For sustained high datarates, you need firewire or ATA100.
A DV input device is different from a hard drive. Theoretically, a firewire drive can handle the DV from my Matrox RT.X100. In reality, it can't do it without dropping frames. According to the specs, USB 2 is 40 times faster than USB 1.1. In actual use, you'll find they're only about 5 times faster.
I'll bet the USB 2 DV input device can only capture video when writing to an ATA hard drive.