Posted 01 May 2010 - 07:13 PM
My question is, Is there a way for me to adapt or bypass the need for firewire stuff? For instance, by finding another way transfer/cache data? Some kind of firewire to usb interface/intermediary--even if it means things will take longer to process, just as long as it doesn't cause any data loss. I really don't feel like I need to edit straight off the camera/deck--I've been doing it between harddrives this long--but I also don't want to cause any problems in the future, especially as I go over to HD, since I plan to use this computer for the next couple of years.
Please, I'm not looking for suggestions such as "get yourself a mac". I'm pretty sold on Asus (and Sony Vegas), and the only other model I'm really considering right now is the G51j-series, which DOES have a 1394. For everything I've seen, ASUS has the most bang for the buck. I'm just more into g73jh-models.
Posted 02 May 2010 - 12:02 AM
But as far as I know USB and Firewire are pretty much mutually exclusive for most pro video apps, at least on Macs they are. In my experience, the video data won't flow properly --if at all-- when you go out USB and try to convert it to Firewire. But I haven't tried that cable.
I'd look for an Asus laptop that does have Firewire or buy the one you want and just live without it if the above cable doesn't work. Of course you can order the cable first and try it on USB port off a similar PC and go from there. . .
Posted 02 May 2010 - 12:11 PM
The lack-of-1393 (AND eSata, AND pci, AND usb 3.0) is one of the issues a lot of reviewers have brought up in regards to the G73jh models. . . I even wrote to Asus myself to gripe about the problem (call me a loon). It's my feeling that in a few months they're going to have a version that's firewire capable in a few months. . .we'll see. The G51 models aren't bad at all when it comes to what's inside, so I'll be more than content with that if need be.
Aside from all this though, I'd recommend that you check out Asus' computers. If it was just the price that would be one thing. But the specs, and I've done some HARD research, are hard to beat.
Posted 04 May 2010 - 05:01 PM
Are there no cardbus slots either?
No, there aren't cardbus slots either. There's no eSata, and the usb is just 2.0. Not all together a computer with great connectivity options.