Firewire card & Notebooks

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jan
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Joined: Oct 13 2003

For months now, I have been puzzled with the following problem of writing digital video back to tape using a notebook.
The camera I am using is SONY's TRV19 which is DV-IN enabled by default. The notebook I am using to capture and edit DV is the ACER Travelmate 613 (1GHz, 20 GB HD, Pentium III, Intel 815EM chipset). It has no internal Firewire port, so I am using a PCMCIA firewire card, which is Pyro's ADS Firewire card for notebooks.
Capturing is no problem, but exporting the AVI back to tape simply doesn't work.
I tried really everything to sort out the problem but so far no success.

In a nutshell, these are all steps I have been taken so far, without any result however:

1) I tried several video editing software programs (Adobe Premiere, Pinnacle, Ulead, DVIO, etc.)
2) I tried several other Firewire cards (Adaptec Fireconnect for Notebooks, Pinnacle Studio Mobile Firewire card)
3) I tried another Firewire cable
4) I tried the Firewire card on several other laptops (Toshiba, ASUS, Compaq)
5) The problem seems independent of OS (Win XP, Win 2000, Win Me)
6) I tried updating drivers for the Pyro Fireiwre card, the SONY camera, the ACER laptop, BIOS
7) I tried to change PCI latency of the graphics board
8) Updated DirectX and defragmented the harddisk

Writing back to tape works when I am using a desktop with built-in Firewire port, so the camera cannot be the culprit.
The weird thing is that an a ACER Travelmate 420 which has both a built-in Firewire port as well as PCMCIA slots, exporting to tape does work when I am using the integrated Firewire port, but NOT when I am using the Pyro ADS Firewire card through the PCMCIA slot.

This problem is driving me crazy.

Is there anyone who has any idea of what is going wrong here?

Thanks,
Jan

tbeagley
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Joined: Feb 28 2004

Hi Jan,
sorry i can't help with your problem but i wondered if you can help with mine.
Iam about to buy an Acer aspire 1705 smi notebook & was wondering how you get on with yours for editing video.
I have premier pro & pinnacle studio 9 do these run ok? Do you have any problems with editing on a notebook?
Thanks for any help,
Terry.