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Lesson 18. Operational Troubleshooting: ... > Dropped Frames with Daisy-Chained Fi...

Dropped Frames with Daisy-Chained FireWire Drives

Symptom #1: Dropped Frames During Playback and Recording to Daisy-chained FireWire Drives

“I’m getting dropped-frames alerts while using my FireWire drive and a FireWire deck. I’ve used both on other systems that worked fine. I have the FireWire deck connected to the FireWire drive, which is connected to the Macintosh.”

Background

A FireWire chain consists of multiple FireWire devices strung together in a straight cable path directly to the computer. Thus, the Macintosh FireWire port is plugged into a FireWire device, which is connected to another FireWire device, which is connected to another FireWire device, and so on until you reach the last device. In general, FireWire DV cameras and decks always occupy the end of a FireWire chain, because they don’t have a second port to loop through to another device.


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