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Capture Card Definition? USB2 and Firewire?
on Jan 6, 2004 at 4:00:45 am

I'm just starting out and have a number of questions:

What's the difference between a video capture card and any card with a firewire port? Will video editing software (e.g., Pinnacle Studio 8) work with any firewire card / video capture card? Does anyone sell OHCI video capture cards with firewire and USB2.0? I'd like to use firewire for capturing video but add USB2.0 for operating other devices. Thanks.

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Kenneth Daves
Re: Capture Card Definition? USB2 and Firewire?
on Jan 6, 2004 at 2:02:47 pm

Think of "capture" from DV camcorders as importing the already digitized video and conversion of it to a computer format (for example, DV .avi on a PC). The video goes from the DV camcorder's firewire port to a firewire port on the computer or a breakout box that is itself connected to the computer. Any OHCI-compliant firewire port should work with just about any video editing program, although I would not be completely surprised if there were problems with the firewire ports on some AGP video cards or audio cards.

For other devices (such as analog-DV converters, TV tuners, webcams, & Mpeg encoders), analog video is "captured" (digitized) in a particular format. You can get AGP cards, PCI cards, firewire, USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 capture devices.

There are a number of brands of firewire-USB 2.0 combo cards on the market, including some made by Adaptec, Orange Micro & SIIG. CompUSA and Circuit City are two stores that usually carry them. Try searching the web for "firewire-USB 2.0 combination cards".

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