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DV Capture card or ATI AIW?

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November 18, 2003 7:08:05 AM

I am in the process of either buying a DV video editing card (ie Pinnicle DV) or an ATI All in wonder/Nvidia Personal Cinema GeForce. I noticed that ATI's and Nvidia's cards do not include a ilink/firewire port. Will that degrade quality or is firewire just for speed? I mainly use my computer now for games so I was definitly going to upgrade my video card. The ATI 9800 AIW pro is a little to pricey for me but the 9600 AIW XT looks reasonable. It would suck to buy another card just for firewire.

My system specs are:
XP 2500
512 megs DDR 333
120 gig ultra ATA HD
Nvida MX440
MSI K7N2 mobo
Camera is a JVC GR-DVF 11

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November 18, 2003 12:09:44 PM

I have the AIW 8500DV - and it's got firewire on a breakout box. I don't know about the newer models but I would find it hard to beleive that the capture cards don't have it. Look at the ones with a box that comes from around the back of your case. Cheers!
December 5, 2003 7:56:07 PM

Why do you want an AIW style card? If your aim is to import DV style video all you need is a $20 firewire port and some software.

Reasons for needing an AIW are:

Importing non-DV video
Using your PC as a TV (cable/antenna in)

Niether my Radeon AIW nor my Radeon 9000 AIW have DV/firewire inputs.


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December 5, 2003 8:36:42 PM

phono-dude

The reason you have firewire on your card is the -DV at the end.

Specs for AIW 9600pro (notice no firewire):

Dual VGA
Stereo audio, S-video, and composite video inputs and outputs
External stereo connections to sound card’s line input and output
Dolby® digital stereo audio output (S/PDIF)


Connectors for AIW 8500 (notice no firewire):

Stereo audio, S-video, and composite video inputs and outputs
External stereo connection to sound card's line input and output
Dolby® digital stereo audio output (S/PDIF)


Connectors for AIW 8500<b>DV</b> (includes firewire):

DVI-I (15 pin VGA adaptor included)
Stereo audio, S-video and composite video inputs and outputs
External stereo connection to sound card's line input and output
Dolby® digital stereo audio output (S/PDIF)
<b>Two external IEEE 1394/iLink™/FireWire® ports* </b>




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