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    Hi All.

    New to the forum, though a reasonably experienced video editor!


    I've just finished shooting a short film in HD and realised that Adobe Premiere Elements isn't suitable for HDV so I need to upgrade. For my needs, Hitfilm Standard appears to be a good balance between cost and functionality, but even the trial version won't work on my current laptop which I accept is getting on a bit!

    Up to now I've been happily hosting all my video files on an external hard drive and using PE on my laptop to edit, connecting the two via Firewire which is very capable and quick. However, all the laptops I've looked at so far don't appear to carry Firewire ports any more (things become obsolete so quickly these days!) so I'm not sure of the best way to connect the hard drive to a new laptop but still have a decent connection for speed and capability.

    The External HD I have is a WD and the available connections are as follows:

    1 x mini-USB
    1 x esata
    2 x Firewire 800

    None of these seem to be standard on current laptops, so can anyone suggest the best way to solve this problem?

    Thanks!

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    All you need is a mini-USB to USB cable and connect to the USB connection on the laptop. A "standard" item, readily available.
    Tim

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    You may also find your new laptop will have USB 3.0, which will work with your current external drive, however think about treating yourself to a USB 3.0 capable external drive and you will leave firewire behind forever

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimStannard View Post
    All you need is a mini-USB to USB cable and connect to the USB connection on the laptop. A "standard" item, readily available.
    Hi Tim.

    I didn't consider that because I assumed that the transfer rates between mini-USB and USB would be poor and thus not suitable for HDV?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripe View Post
    You may also find your new laptop will have USB 3.0, which will work with your current external drive, however think about treating yourself to a USB 3.0 capable external drive and you will leave firewire behind forever
    A nice thought, but it seems extravagant seeing as I have a perfectly good EHD, albeit with a some outdated connections!

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    USB 3.0 to esata cable?

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    I've treated myself to one of these

    LaCie - LaCie d2 Quadra Hard Disk

    Ports a plenty.

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    FIREWIRE (800) 800 MB/S

    USB 2.0 480MB/S

    USB 3.0 5GB/S

    LaCie 115 MB/S

    USB 3.0 1TB External Drive = About 50quid

    Take your choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Peters View Post
    USB 3.0 to esata cable?
    Excellent - I didn't know there was such a thing!

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borusa View Post
    I didn't consider that because I assumed that the transfer rates between mini-USB and USB would be poor and thus not suitable for HDV?
    Your question was about tranfering data from laptop to external hard disk and vice-versa. The sustained transfer rate is only critical when capturing footage from the camera, which has to be done in real time.
    Tim

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