StarTech.com 4-Port PCI 1394a FireWire Adapter Card with Digital Video Editing Kit (PCI1394_4)
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|Product Dimensions||8.27 x 1.26 x 5.75 inches; 2.82 Ounces|
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- A shared internal FireWire port for connecting internal devices such as front panel card readers
- Includes a Digital Video Editing kit to get started importing video right out of the box
- 3 external, 1 shared internal FireWire400 port, with supported data transfer rates up to 400 Mbps
- Compliant with IEEE 1394a - 2000 as well as 1394-1995 standards
- Includes Video Editing kit: Ulead Video Studio SE and FireWire cable
- Plug-and-Play and hot-swap compatible
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|Item Dimensions||8.27 x 1.26 x 5.75 inches||5.98 x 1.02 x 5.51 inches||0.86 x 3.66 x 4.72 inches||4.72 x 2.36 x 0.79 inches|
This 4 Port PCI IEEE 1394 FireWire 400 Adapter Card turns a motherboard PCI slot into four IEEE 1394a FireWire 6-pin female ports (1 internal, 3 external) - a cost-effective solution that lets you connect any FireWire 400 device that uses a 6-pin connector to your desktop computer. The card can be installed in either Mac or PC computers, providing a practical solution for connecting iPods, MP3 players, portable drives, digital camcorders and more. The adapter card supports hot-swappable connectivity, allowing you to plug, unplug, and swap your FireWire peripherals with ease, saving time and hassle. The 4 port FireWire PCI adapter card includes a copy of ULEAD''s Video Studio SE Basic video editing software, making it easy to capture and edit video from your digital video camcorder.
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a WD 2 TB drive for data storage all in an ANTEC three hundred two case with a 750 watt power supply.
At first the card was not detected by Windows 10 then I realized that when the card was fastened in place to the case the card was not fully seated but at an angle with the rear connectors not making contact. I had to slightly bend the back plate outwards so that the card would align with the case screw hole when it was fully seated in the PCI slot. Once I did that, the card was detected and installed without issue.
She will very likely use the Fire-wire connection this weekend with her old video camera and I expect it will work flawlessly.
If not, I will update the review.
the case of which looked to be riveted on, but upon googling my problem it appears there was a nice little 'L' shaped black lever on the back that released one side of the case, so I was ale to gain entry.
One screw (and a little compressed air, ahem) later, I had forced the card into a vacant slot.
After replacing cover and power cord the thing required NO software or Internet connection to start working perfectly with my Panasonic miniDV via the supplied FireWire cable.
BOTTOM LINE: IT WAS FOOLPROOF AND EASY.
And saved me tons of money... less than 1/2 the cost of the FireWire cable alone at the local "'Shack."
BTW, the product description is not very clear about the ports of this card - the ports are 6 pin firewire 400 ports (and supports powering other devices through firewire interface), 3 external and 1 internal.
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I then bought this card and it worked immediately. My 8.1 OS recognised it without any intervention from me and my capture software also recognised the camrea. I am now importing all the Mini videos without a single problem. I did not need the capture disk that comes with this card so can not comment on it.
I wanted to be sure that my old OEM PCI-Firewire card was not the problem.
After doing some test with the old PCI-Firewire about the average real-time latency times and redoing the same for this StarTech adapter, I'm having a better responce in latency times and overall better experience,
BUT my real problems with sound programs not responding, audio crashing and blue screens haven't stopped,
so I suppose the card is ok for a standand use but don't expect to do something special (in latency times).
I'm sure now the problems aren't related with the PCI-Firewire card so I have to search elsewhere (hardware/OS/software) to resolve my issues.
The product arrived in an anti-static bag in a neat little box, with the video software CD included (I don't need this so I have not tried installing/using it). I did not have to install any extra drivers for this device; upon booting up after plugging it into the PCI slot Windows 7 saw it immediately. No hassle; very pleased with it so far.