How to Connect a FireWire Camcorder to a USB

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How to Connect a FireWire Camcorder to a USB
It is possible to connect your video camera to a USB port on a comupter system. (digital video camera image by Jeff Dalton from

FireWire is a connection port similar to USB. However, one side of the FireWire port is slightly curved with a "Y" icon printed next to it. The upside of FireWire over USB is the cable hookup provides a superior data transfer speed. However, not all computer systems have a FireWire port, so if you have a FireWire-only video camera, it is possible to hook up the camera system to a USB port on the computer.

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Things you need

  • FireWire cable
  • FireWire to USB adaptor

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    Insert the FireWire cable into the FireWire connection port on the video camcorder.

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    Insert the other end of the FireWire cable into the FireWire end of the adaptor.

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    Connect the USB end of the adaptor into a USB port on the computer system.

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    Power on the digital video camera and set it to "View" mode. The computer should detect the FireWire video camera

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