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87SupraT  (Student)

Feb 6, 2006, 9:53 PM
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I am trying to transfer some footage from my PC109 to my PC. My desktop doesn't have firewire but my laptop has the tiny 4 pin port, so I could put it on my laptop then share it to my desktop. Anyways, will I only need to get a 4 - 4 pin cable to transfer? Will it automatically detect the camera and self install or will I need to locate some drivers? I have Adobe Premiere 7.0 Pro, and will be using it to capture the video. The other question, will Premiere capture the video at full quality from the camera? Thanks.

Dale


bob.dino  (E 2185)

Feb 6, 2006, 10:00 PM
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Yup, a 4-pin to 4-pin cable will do fine. I have a PC350 rather than a PC109, but I'm pretty sure you won't need drivers for your camera.

I don't use Premiere Pro - I've got Sony Vegas - but I'd be shocked if Premiere didn't capture full resolution video.


Vectracide  (D License)

Feb 6, 2006, 10:21 PM
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No need for drivers if you have XP or a Mac. Also, a firewire card is quite cheap, so if you plan on doing this more than a couple times, I would really reccomend getting one. To boot, a laptop likely has less of an ability to process video unless it was built to do this, so you could see some really really slow processes.

And yes, it will capture at full quality...but only if you set your preferences to do so.


87SupraT  (Student)

Feb 7, 2006, 8:46 AM
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Hmm, I may check on the card first, then buy the cable. If I remember correctly the size of the firewall port on a desktop card is fairly big, so I would need a 4 pin to the rectangle-triangle topped one.

The laptop specs are:
Pentium 4 3.0 ghz
512 mb Ram
ATI 9100 Radeon Mobility graphics card

The tiny IEEE 1394 port is built into the laptop, and is not removable like a pcmcia card. What do you think about it, should I still invest in the card for the desktop? Thanks for the responses.

Dale


Vectracide  (D License)

Feb 7, 2006, 1:59 PM
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I would say, try it with your laptop and see how it goes. If it turns into a pile, get the card for your computer. But I think were only talking about 30 bucks here for the firewire card. Your camera should have come with a 6-4 pin cable.


gulaz  (B 5194)

Feb 7, 2006, 4:08 PM
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You might have problems with a 5400rpm hdd in your laptop. I have a 2.8ghz laptop with 1gb of ram, and a PCMCIA firewire card, and I cant capture video without it dropping frames.


dragon2  (D 101989)

Feb 7, 2006, 4:34 PM
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Then you have another problem.

I'm running a P4 2.6 with 512 MB RAM and a 5400 rpm drive. I can run Dreamweaver, Premiere, Photoshop and Encore plus copying large files between external harddrives all at the same time without dropping any frames.

5400 rpm is plenty, it's a small hd so it's fast. For a desktop you need 7200 rpm because the drive is physically bigger.
Fi you need to keep your drives defragged and not run too many programs at the same time (esp all the ones that start up automatically, Norton is esp bad).


87SupraT  (Student)

Feb 7, 2006, 5:26 PM
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Well, I purchased the 4-4 pin cable and captured using Premiere on the laptop. It came out perfect, no dropped frames at all, the quality is amazing, just like on the TV. The file size for a minute and 8 second video is 220 megs though! I need to get another harddrive for my desktop to start storing these big file sized videos.

I still may get a card for my desktop somewhere down the road, put my Raptor HDD to work, but for now this is working well. Thanks for all the help.

Although, I do have one final question. What do yall do about compressing the videos? I tried mpeg2 with various quality setting, video and audio, and the smallest I got the 220 was 42.3 with fairly good quality minus alot of horizontal fuzz lines on quick movements. The one I ended up stopping on was Windows Media WM9 NTSC 1024k Download quality, with 720x480 resolution. The quality is good enough for the internet and the 220 megs dropped to 7.4! I think I may use this setting for now, just curious what other settings yall might use. Thanks again.

Dale


dragon2  (D 101989)

Feb 7, 2006, 5:33 PM
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The world team videos are WMP PA download 512, standard premiere pro 1.5 settings. Mostly because I'm having trouble getting a decent quicktime movie. Usually I use Cleaner XL but no time here.


bob.dino  (E 2185)

Feb 7, 2006, 6:46 PM
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The best overall is probably DivX.

If you want to put it on DVD, use MPEG2 PAL or NTSC. Filesize can usually be adjusted from 5-10Mbps (that's Megabits per sec).

WMV is fine if you don't like Macs Tongue


87SupraT  (Student)

Feb 7, 2006, 9:50 PM
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Dragon, thanks for setting advice.

DivX, I think there is something wrong with mine or something, when I encode an AVI using the DivX codec for compression, the video doesn't play for crap, it is pixelated and jumpy all over.

Yea, if I can't fit what I want on a DVD at full filesize, then I was probably going to mildly compress it, depending on how much it takes to fit on the DVD. There is a MPEG2 DVD option too, so that might work fairly well.

Haha, I don't own a Mac, but have nothing against them Smile.



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