[RNLD] re: Computer - Video Camera Leads

John Olstad jtolstad at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 9 03:17:23 UTC 2013

Hi Stephen,

It is not possible to go from firewire to USB; that will unfortunately not
work. However, 1) like your old laptop, that mini firewire connection is
common to the previous generation of Dell laptops and 2) you can get a
cable quite easily that connects mini firewire to full firewire  or an
adapter to make the small one a big one and virtually all Apple computers
have that for capturing video. If you get that cable or adapter from ebay
(4-pin to 8-pin firewire) and plug it into a mac, you should be able to
digitize your tapes quite easily.

Hope that helps


On Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 1:09 PM, Stephen Morey <S.Morey at latrobe.edu.au>wrote:

>  Dear All,
> Back in the late 1990s I purchased a Sony Camera and took lots of videos
> in the field which I could not at that time capture into my computer.
> I still have some that I need to do.
> The Camera only has what I think is called a 'Firewire connection' which
> is a very small rectangle with an indentation in the bottom. I have a cable
> with this connection on both ends. My old laptop had such a connection but
> the new one (of course) doesn't. Can anyone advise whether its possible to
> get a cable that has firewire at one end and USB at the other, and if I
> find such a thing, will it work, or are these two methods of transmitting
> data incompatible?
> Thank you all
> Stephen
>  Stephen Morey
> Australian Research Council Future Fellow
> Centre for Research on Language Diversity
> La Trobe University
>  Website: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/rclt/StaffPages/morey.htm

John Olstad
University of Newcastle
(University at Buffalo/National Science Foundation, USA
Independent researcher)
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