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Getting DV into Your Computer

The cables, connectors, and protocols by which you upload recordings from a DV camcorder into a PC are officially designated IEEE 1394. However, this high-speed data link usually goes by more familiar trademarks like Apple FireWire and Sony iLINK.

All DV camcorders have an IEEE 1394 connector for handling uploads, but the connection requires a FireWire or iLINK interface card on the computer side. For convenience in uploading to computers that don't have IEEE 1394 connections, some camcorders provide other types of high-speed connections like Fast Ethernet, USB2, and wireless LAN. A higher-bandwidth Fast FireWire is also available, and proprietary Sony video hardware supports a faster version of iLINK.

All of these high-speed connections—IEEE 1394, Fast Ethernet, or USB2—carry pictures and sound in a single data stream.

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