coadman wrote:I purchased a digital camcorder for my wife for christmas. I need to purchase a firewire card for my computer, as it currantly has no port for the cameras video.
Does her camera record to tape or to a memory card of some sort? If it records to tape, you might just as well download the video via USB (which I assume her camera supports) as there will be no advantage to using Firewire. This is because tape storage digital video has to be played back during the download (at least on my wife's camera) and USB is plenty fast enough for that.
Actually, because the digital video has to be played back during the download, Firewire is the better solution. USB is more likely to drop frames than Firewire.
Some time ago Firewire cards with Texas Instruments chipsets (such as the older Adaptec models) were recommended as the best for video transfer because they were least likely of all to drop frames. I don't know if this is still the case.
I've had perfectly good service from an I/O Flex (Koutech) IO-PFW410
Firewire card you can buy at NewEgg.com for $15 shipped. It uses a VIA chipset. However, I have only used it for external drive interfaces, which puts less demand on the card than video transfers.