I am considering buying a Digital Video Camera and would like to download the moview onto my PC. I am currently running XP, have USB but no firewire. I understand that most cameras need firewire but some will work with USB.
I use both firewire and USB2 for the transfer of various media. Although USB2 is faster according to the specs, I have always found firewire to be faster at transferring music and video. As earlier mentioned USB1 is far to slow for mini DV as I recently found out when transferring some footage for a friend of mine who didn't have firewire or USB2. 15Gb of music to an external drive from a laptop took about 25 minutes via a firewire, with the same process taking 50 minutes via USB2. Firewire doesn't seem to bottleneck so much, therefore making it faster. To find out if you've got USB2, right click on my computer, properties, hardware, device manager and scroll down the list until you find universal serial bus controllers and click on the +. That should tell you what you have. A lot of mini DV's come with a firewire output as standard, but I'm not sure about USB2.
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