Hi there. I've been given the opportunity to get a laptop at a very reasonable price that would fulfil my editing needs in every respect but one - it has no firewire connection! Having taken the time to read these forums, it's clear that this is essential, so I've found a PCMCIA card that will give me a firewire connection:
Now, another thing I've picked up is the need to have a separate hard drive, and as I'd be using a laptop, this would have to be external realistically. It seems that most people feel that connecting the extra HD via USB isn't really good enough to maintain the transfer rates that are required for DV capture, and that it would be best to get a HD that is both fast and can be connected via firewire.
So here's the problem: when I'm capturing video onto this HD, I'll need a firewire connection for both the camera and the HD. The PCMCIA card that I've found does appear to have 2 sockets, and in its specs it says that it has 2 connections, but not having really investigated the world of firewire/PCMCIA cards before, I don't know whether both can be used simultaneously. I can't see why not, but I guess I'd like to confirm with somebody more knowledgable before making an expensive purchase. Any thoughs would be appreciated!