Is there such thing as a 4 pin IEEE1394 to usb?

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  1. thunderbird

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    On my camcorder, i need a IEEE1394 cord to connect it to my computer, one side a 4 pin and ther a 6 pin.
    but my 6 pin port on my computer is broken and i can't afford to replace it, plus i'd like to upload the video straight to my laptop.

    so is there a 4 pin conneter with usb transfer capabilities!?
    i can't find one anywhere, thanks!
     
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    or even one with an ethernet cord on the other end.
    if you can find one, please post link

    i really need this for some serious video uploadage
     
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    You want a firewire to USB cable? No such thing - buy yourself a PCI firewire card for your desktop.
     
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    i figured they're produce them, even though tthey're no where near as fast or effective as the 6 pin ends
     
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    nevermind.. that's the type B 4 pin
    nevermind, this thread has been a failure,
    i'll just man up and buy myself a replacement card for the pc i guess
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    They're just as cheap as any adapter you'd find
     
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    That's just a mini-4-pin USB cable. There is no converter for USB to Firewire, because it would cost as much or more than a basic Firewire PCI card.
     
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    Um. Well, it does look like a USB-to-Firewire cable, I'll give it that. I've never seen anything like that before. There's no adaptor box in the middle of the cable, so I'm kinda suspicious.

    I can't say it's impossible, but if such a thing were that easy to make, and no special drivers or anything were needed, don't you think you'd see Belkin selling something like that?

    EDIT: Hmm...

    http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-firewire-to-usb-adapter.htm
    http://education.zdnet.com/?p=1905
    http://www.usbfirewire.com/Parts/rr-527950.html

    ...$120 for a real adaptor cable, and it only works with video cameras and a few specialized software programs. Definitely not as good as a Firewire PCI card.
     
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    Does the firewire port on your camcorder speak USB? In general, the two are not compatible, and a simple wire won't allow the two to communicate.
     
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    It's easy to forget nowadays, with Plug 'n Play everything, but I believe the voltages are different between Firewire and USB also, and if those don't line up, you can't even get as far as wondering if the data would transfer correctly.
     
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    hmm.. i'm not sure
    i bought it, it was just a few bucks
    i've never seen anything like it either

    will bump and let you guys know in a few days if it works though
     
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    I'd be careful of the voltages. 6-pin firewire provides power to devices, 4-pin doesn't. USB provides 5V to power devices. If the 5V USB pin is connected to a pin on the 4-pin firewire port not expecting 5V, then you could end up with a dead camcorder.
     
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    so i bought the usb cable listed.. and it connects alright to both the computer and camera, but nothing happens when i try to import video on windows movie maker.
    Gonna install pinnacle and try again
     
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    If Windows doesn't say "oh hey, you just plugged something in", then it will almost certainly not work.
     
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    i have that same cable. it came with one of my cheap digital cameras. don't fool yourself, it is not truely usb to firewire
     

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