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Chapter 2. Getting Set Up > DV Camera/VTR and Computer Connections

DV Camera/VTR and Computer Connections

Loading digital video is different from digitizing analog video. For one thing, digital video doesn’t need any A/V hardware. DV cameras sometimes come with or offer a free FireWire/IEEE-1394 card you can install into any PCI slot. You can also connect a camera to a daisy chain of FireWire drives and devices; however, you may experience playback or recording issues with this setup. Ideally, you should put the camera or DV VTR on one FireWire port, and the drives on the other. If you have a laptop with one port, you’re pretty much stuck.

Connect a 1394 cable from your computer to your camera, converter box, or VTR. In almost all cases, the computer has a six-pin connector, and the other device has a four-pin connector; be sure you have the right cable. Never force the connectors in; they fit only one way. Should you insist on putting the six-pin end in backwards, and it’s connected to a powered FireWire device, you will destroy that FireWire port.


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