FW 800 – 5 m : nothing.

Mar 23, 2009 at 4:42pm

FW 800 – 5 m : nothing.


I am trying to connect a sony handycam to my computer.

With a FireWire 400, 1 meter cable, all is fine,

But with a FireWire 800, 5 meters cable, I get nothing.

Does it come from the cable which is too long?
Does anyone have ever tryed this cam?

many thx.

Mar 24, 2009 at 2:20pm

What I know about FireWire wires lenght – it’s limited by 4.5 meters – so you can use analog signal from your cam if need some more…

Mar 24, 2009 at 7:45pm

Yes, indeed.

So I need a converter: analog 2 FW.

I know there are a lot.
I bought one this morning … but it was for video capture!

I’m looking for an advice: Which converter do you use?


Mar 24, 2009 at 8:04pm

Personnaly, I use ImagingSource DFG/1394-1e.
It works really well and it gives you uncompressed uyvy video, which is perfect for Max.

You can also find a lot of info by looking for the DFG in the forums.

Mar 24, 2009 at 8:05pm

I’m use Canopus ADVC-55, don’t know how good this device, but I have not problemms with it.
Only one not so good – with this and similar devices – you have only one video input. When I need some more – I use USB cams…


Mar 24, 2009 at 9:27pm

very interesting, thanks guys!

Mar 25, 2009 at 12:26pm

Ooops, please could you tell me if the DFG/1394-1e works on OSX?
There are only windows softwares & drivers on their website:

Mar 25, 2009 at 2:15pm

It’s an extra 50$…

But it totally worth it.


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