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My Sony TRV 480 has both USB2 and i link capability
I have used the USB2 to transfer ( 450 kbps); looks good to me
However I have "heard" that firwire is optimal;
Is this true ?
I do not have a firewire card; I do not wish to invest in one IF the USB2 technology affords similar quality

thanks

AK :o

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Firewire was designed to transfer large quantities of data at a sustained high speed, so it is possible that you will see a performance gain by using it. Unless you really need to save some minutes; however, I don't see it giving you sizable performance gains.

If you want to try it out, go to any store that has computer equipment and pick up a cheap PCI Firewire or Firewire/USB2.0 combo card. They run anywhere from $10-30, so it shouldn't be too expensive. Even if you end up sticking with the USB2.0 connection, you will still have extra ports to use.

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finally got thru to Sony

The USB2 streaming has aspect ratio of 352x240 pixels
The i link has aspect ratio of 720X480 pixels
Both offer 29.97 frames per second
So firewire wins; higher bandwith;lowrer compression rate

off to purchase the proper hardware

thanks

AK

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