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George Griswold
Firewire capture- second firewire connection -- ideas?
on Apr 11, 2008 at 11:47:53 am

I am waiting for the delivery of a new Octo Mac Pro with Aja ioHD box and am charting out my layout for system connections. I am aware of the limitation not to have other firewire devices on the same bus as the AJA ioHD.
Will adding a firewire card in one of the expansion slots put this on another bus or do I have to swap out the firewire inputs to the Mac Pro by unplugging or using an A/B switch? I have looked at A/B switches and none that I found support FW 800, just 400. The additional firewire connection is to capture with a DVCAM DSR-25 deck (output options are firewire, S-video and composite) I want to avoid plugging and unplugging cables because it is bush league-- wearing out jacks, reaching behind gear and the cursing that is sure to follow.

I am interested in what solutions others have used.



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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Firewire capture- second firewire connection -- ideas?
on Apr 11, 2008 at 3:53:35 pm

A FW PCIe card will do you just fine.

Here's one:

http://www.sonnettech.com/product/tangoexpress800.html

Jeremy




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George Griswold
Re: Firewire capture- second firewire connection -- ideas?
on Apr 11, 2008 at 11:58:28 pm

Jeremy,
Can you recommend a solid 1394 400 card? The 800 would require an adapter that I would like to avoid.... I appreciate your suggestion. I want to be careful not to slide in a $100 card that messes up the performance of my new box.
George

George Griswold
http://www.videonow.info
New Orleans, Louisiana


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Firewire capture- second firewire connection -- ideas?
on Apr 12, 2008 at 12:07:28 am

This:

http://www.sonnettech.com/product/allegro_express_fw400.html


or this:


http://www.sonnettech.com/product/tango_express.html


Jeremy


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Jeff Mack
Re: Firewire capture- second firewire connection -- ideas?
on Apr 15, 2008 at 6:31:53 pm

Why don't you check out an ESata option. Many times you can purchase an enclosure and get a card to boot!

Jeff


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