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Chapter 3. Capturing DV > Connecting for DV Capture

Connecting for DV Capture

Before setting up for DV capture, quickly review the sections “Selecting Your Capture Drive,” “Defragmenting Your Capture Drive,” and “Testing Your Capture Drive” in Chapter 2.

I'm assuming that you have a FireWire connector or card installed in your computer. If you don't, start there, and make sure it's up and running. Don't spend too much on the connector; for your purposes, virtually all cards will serve equally well, from the $19 variety on up, and they all plug into an available PCI card slot inside your PC. Choosing one with at least two ports will allow you to connect both your camcorder and a FireWire hard drive, as needed, for additional storage space for your captured video.


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