[LINK] Jobs not all bad

Frank O'Connor francisoconnor3 at bigpond.com
Thu Oct 13 17:26:49 AEDT 2011

Actually USB was also the go then. 

The problem with USB and video at the time was that USB requires the CPU to drive the data transfer. FireWire by contrast has its own dedicated CPU's ... Both in PC and on attached device.

What that effectively meant was that downloading and rendering from tape (which was big then) proved to be a glitchy crap shoot with USB transfers, and most producers liked the FireWire alternative much better.

That said, multicore CPU's and the increasing prevalence of digital video recording ... to RAM rather than to tape ... meant that whether you used USB or FireWire was essentially a non-issue.


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On 13/10/2011, at 4:52 PM, Fernando Cassia <fcassia at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 02:32, Marghanita da Cruz
> <marghanita at ramin.com.au> wrote:
>> Though Apple likes non-standard connectors. I guess Firewire was for
>> digital video camera support for quicktime?
> Exactly, DV digital cameras.
> Digicams back then stored digital video on tape, and the only way to
> get those images to a computer was by hooking em via Firewire.
> That was around 2005. But certainly feels like decades ago. :-/
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DV
> I remember some even created software that allowed the use of a DV
> video camera with firewire as back-up media for the computer.
> FC
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