Alternative to USB for photo transfer?

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davideo0
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I'd like to buy a digital camera but I have a problem.
My video editing system was bought from DVC in 1998 and consists of a dv300 setup which works OK.
But here's the rub: the USB functions are disabled. Although I can enable them in theory, I was told by the DVC sevice department that USB facilities are normally disabled where a DV300 card is installed because of potential problems. Any attempt to enable them would be my responsibility.

So if I buy a digital camera what alternatives for transfer are available in my sort of setup that do not entail an interminable wait for large files?

I would very much appreciate guidance from the experts out there.
David

gordo
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unfortunately, the news isn't that good.

unless you have a motherboard which supports an add on memory card reader, which I doubt considering what you have already, the two options are serial transfer or a floppy adapter.

The floppy adapter should be slightly faster than serial, but either way, USB is the fastest.

Gordo

davideo0
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Gordo, thanks for the information.
I suspected as much.
Bearing in mind I was hoping to go for a 5MP camera like the Dimage 7i, is the floppy adapter a practical alternative, in your opinion?
Just how slow would it be?
Unfortunately, I can't afford to change computers, or by an additional one at the moment.
David

Alan Roberts at work
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I've got a floppy adaptor for my Olympus C3030. It runs at about half the speed of USB, making it very slow for a 128M card. I wouldn't recommend it. Even USB isn't really fast enough for these bigger cards, but it's a lot more convenient than the serial port connection that's the only alternative. At least, with USB, I can use a card reader (which seems to be about 4 times quicker than using the camera connected via USB), and my serial port's occupied with other things.

davideo0
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Alan, thanks for your comments.
It appears I have only the floppy adapter option open to me.

I'll see if I can get a demo and make a decision then whether it's worth getting a digital camera bearing in mind the computer equipment I have available.

David

Slipperman
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I just did a google (UK) search . There appear to be firewire smart media card readers now. Would they be of any use?
http://www.berridgemail.co.uk/content.php?categoryId=124

[This message has been edited by Slipperman (edited 19 June 2002).]

davideo0
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Originally posted by Slipperman:
[B]I just did a google (UK) search . There appear to be firewire smart media card readers now. Would they be of any use?
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Thanks for the suggestion. I'll look into it.

Trevor Page
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You say that DVC recommended the USB be left disabled due to conflicts, was that in 1998 or have you asked again recently?

In 1998 USB was a relatively new development, with many teething troubles. Driver aand BIOS Updates for USB, Motherboard and the DV300 itself may well have been sorted by now so I wouldn't dismiss it out of hand.

If you have the facilities, a proper system backup and methodical approach to enabling USB could be the way to go.

trev

davideo0
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Quote:
Originally posted by Trevor Page:
[B]You say that DVC recommended the USB be left disabled due to conflicts, was that in 1998 or have you asked again recently?

In 1998 USB was a relatively new development, with many teething troubles. Driver aand BIOS Updates for USB, Motherboard and the DV300 itself may well have been sorted by now so I wouldn't dismiss it out of hand.

If you have the facilities, a proper system backup and methodical approach to enabling USB could be the way to go.

Trevor
my apologies for the long delay.

You were quite right. I had been convinced by another DV300 user that it was possible to successfully use USB.
I did precisely what you suggested:
A system backup and methodical approach did the trick. I now have my Minolta Dimage 7i happily up and downloading via USB.
As long as I take the card out of the reader, DV300 & Prem 6, so far and fingers crossed appear to work as ever they did.

Many thanks to all who contributed to this thread.