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Firewire cables Does the cheaper firewire cables (4-pin to 6-pin) perform the same as the higher priced cables? What are the best brands to look for? Is the data and video transfer better with the higher priced cables? I would like to transfer family movies from a minDV camcorder (Sony) to my computer.

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I highly recommend that you avoid the cheapest cables. Generally speaking, they tend to fail at a much higher rate than cables in the mid to high cost range. The molded plugs crack, the end connectors become intermittent, and the wires inside the cable tend to "open" (come apart) when flexed or stored coiled too tightly. (All cables are best stored straight or, if need be, in a large loop).
Also, cheaper cables quite often have less "conductivity" and may be prone to have less "noise" (interference) suppression.
I assume your use is moderate at most (5-10 hours a week or less) in which case I beleive a mid-price cable--$25 to $35-- will work fine for you. Monster Cable is readily available online and in stores. Other brands usually have a selection of grades for the same length that you may need.

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You may also get back to me with the model # of the Computer so that I might be able to check the pin information.
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Greetings csallal,

It would depend on the type of computer you have. A laptop is going to require a 4-pin to 4-pin cable, whereas a desktop is going to require a 4-pin to 6-pin cable.

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FireWire, IEEE 1394 and iLink are all the same thing. There are 4 and 6 pin FireWire cords. My guess is that you need a 4pin to connect to your camcorder and a 6 pin to connect to your computer. But it all depends on what ports you have available.

You can get a FireWire cord for less than $10 at most computer electronics stores

Check out this FireWire guide for more information:

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You need a Firewire (also called IEEE1394) cable to transfer DV to your computer. I buy mine here, usually:

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