I have been shooting footage on my TRV33 for a while and thought that it would be time to have a go at some editing. I connected up using firewire and was able to capture but with rather too many dropped frames. The problem is that I was using a laptop (2.4GHz P4 WinXP) which has a slow hard drive.
I have been thinking about an external firewire drive for backups for a while and these are getting quite cheap now. This drive could also be used for DV footage. What I don't know is if the camcorder will be able to download to an external firewire drive without dropped frames? Is the bus speed fast enough to handle the data coming from the camcorder to the host and back to the drive? Is firewire a smart enough protocol to keep the data away from the host?
Any greater knowledge would be appreciated before I waste some money