FW 800 - 5 m : nothing.

    Mar 23 2009 | 4:42 pm
    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 | 2:20 pm
      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 | 7:45 pm
      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!https://cycling74.com/forums/images/message_icons/icon9.gif
      I'm looking for an advice: Which converter do you use?
    • Mar 24 2009 | 8:04 pm
      Personnaly, I use ImagingSource DFG/1394-1e. It works really well and it gives you uncompressed uyvy video, which is perfect for Max.http://www.theimagingsource.com/en_US/products/converters/dfg13941e/
      You can also find a lot of info by looking for the DFG in the forums.
    • Mar 24 2009 | 8:05 pm
      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 | 9:27 pm
      very interesting, thanks guys!
    • Mar 25 2009 | 12:26 pm
      Ooops, please could you tell me if the DFG/1394-1e works on OSX? There are only windows softwares & drivers on their website:http://www.theimagingsource.com/en_US/products/software/included/
    • Mar 25 2009 | 2:15 pm
      But it totally worth it.