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StarTech.com 3 Port CardBus 1394a FireWire Adapter Card - Digital Video Editing Kit

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  • Easily add 3 FireWire ports to your laptop computer
  • A fun and easy way to make and edit your own home movies
  • Comes complete with a 5 foot FireWire cable (4-6 Pin M/M) and ULEAD VideoStudio SE Basic video editing software
  • Includes everything needed to edit your own home movies, add scene transitions and other effects with the included ULEAD® VideoStudio® SE software
  • High speed data transfer rates of up to 400 Mbits/sec.
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Technical Details
Item Weight231 g
Product Dimensions21 x 3.6 x 14.4 cm
Item model numberCB1394
Series3 Port IEEE-1394 FireWire CardBus Adapter with Digital Video Editing Kit
Operating SystemWindows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Server 2003 + Mac OS 8.6 +
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 277,189 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight249 g
Date First Available8 Feb. 2007

Product Description

Product Description

This 3 Port PCMCIA IEEE 1394 FireWire 400 Laptop Adapter Card allows you to connect FireWire/i.LINK devices such as iPods or DV (digital video) camcorders to your laptop computer through a CardBus slot.

Compatible with both PC and Mac laptop computers, the adapter card supports hot-swapping FireWire device connections, allowing you to unplug and swap peripherals with ease.The adapter card includes a 5ft FireWire cable as well as a copy of ULEAD''s VideoStudio SE Basic video editing software (Windows only), making it easy to capture and edit video on your notebook computer, directly from your digital video camcorder.

Box Contains

  • CardBus FireWire Card
  • FireWire 6-pin to 4-pin cable
  • VideoStudio software CD
  • Instruction Manual

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    Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 52 reviews
    48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Powered Firewire is possible 1 Dec. 2003
    By David Ross - Published on Amazon.com
    One of the reviews above states that this adapter won't provide power to devices such as the Apple iPod. You actually can power these devices by plugging an external power adapter into the card. This feature appears to be undocumented, but the plug is clearly visible to the left of the 1394 ports.
    I phoned the Startech customer support, and they said that you can use any generic DC adapter, with the following settings: 12 volt DC, 3 amp, and a plug with positive (+) in the centre.
    Hope it helps.
    50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars PCMCIA cards WILL NOT POWER IPODS! 28 Feb. 2004
    By James - Published on Amazon.com
    Some people are rating this card down incorrecty. To set the matter straight:
    The PCMCIA bus specification does not provide enough power to allow the PCMCIA cards to power external devices. Therefore, the PCMCIA Firewire cards do not provide enough power to the Firewire bus.
    NO PCMCIA firewire cards can charge an ipod by itself (using the laptop's battery). PCI firewire cards (the kind for you desktop) CAN, but PCMCIA cards (the ones for you laptop) CANNOT. It is not a "feature" that this card lacks.
    HOWEVER: Some PCMCIA cards come with an input for an external power adaptor, including this Startech card (as another reviewer mentioned). So basically, you plug an external adapter into the port (which you can see in the picture) and the external adapter will then power the firewire card, letting it charge your ipod. As far as I can tell, this feature isn't available on a lot of cheaper models. But you WILL have to have an external power adapter to use this feature.
    So again, NO PCMCIA cards can self power an ipod while charging. Don't rate a product down for something that's not possible.
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Works great with my iPod! 25 Jan. 2003
    By Mary McCanta - Published on Amazon.com
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    I bought this to transfer music to my new 10gig iPod. Installation was very easy on my laptop (running Windows 2000 Pro, SP 3.) Windows installed the drivers as soon as I plugged the card into the laptop and the iPod synced up just as easily. I didn't need the video editing software that came with this card (Ulead's Video Studio SE) so I can't comment on its usefulness.
    I haven't used Firewire before since I work with PCs mostly so I was amazed at how fast the transfer is with Firewire. I transferred 9gigs of music (2750 files) to the iPod in 40 minutes. I have an old mp3 player that works with USB 1.1 and it takes 40 minutes to transfer 30 songs!
    You should be careful to always use Windows' "Unplug or Eject Hardware" utility to disable the iPod and/or Startech card before diconnecting them from the laptop; I forgot once and had to reboot the laptop but I didn't have problems with the iPod (thank goodness!) Good product for a reasonable price. Not as cheap as the PCI cards at Compusa, but the best price I could find for a PCMCIA version. And it works great!
    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Works with Linux 21 July 2003
    By Christopher Smith - Published on Amazon.com
    I got this card to go with my iPod (2nd gen 10GB) and my IBM ThinkPad 600X which is currently running Mandrake 9.1. It worked straight out of the box, no config changes needed! Very impressive. One thing to note is the picture does not show the connectors (bulky plastic, not dongle as pic suggests). This might be a issue if you want to use two PCMCIA cards at the same time and the other card is thicker at end sticking out (wifi antenna for example).
    Other than that, it is perfect.
    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great with XP and Canon DV Camcorder 13 Jan. 2004
    By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
    Bought this to capture DV from Canon ZR20 to Toshiba Laptop with XP Home. Works great. Able to capture video to PC without loss of quality. Editing is easier with MovieMaker than with the included Ulead, but Ulead seems more versatile. I would definitely recommend this card for anyone trying to do the same thing.
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