I have run out of PCI slots on my PC and can not take out any existing PCI cards make room for a Firewire card. Given that, is there a device (hub or router) that can connect to my USB port that I can then connect a IEEE 1394 plug into? Also, how well do these work?
Wonder why they even mentioned USB ... ?? as there appears to be no USB connector on the gadget at all ??
looks like you read the first paragraph too fast.
The Studio MovieBox Plus USB Video Capture Hardware and Software Bundle from Pinnacle is a USB video capture device with analog and digital inputs. The hardware is bundled with the Pinnacle Studio video editing software suite for Windows. The box connects via USB 2.0 and features composite, S-Video, and FireWire input. Pinnacle Studio is a user-friendly editing suite, making this an excellent choice for capturing and editing home movies for your computer.
I don't have a way to test this functionality. I connected my laptop via the front FW port, (while the box was connected to another PC via USB). My laptop wanted to install the hardware (pinnacle box) but I didn't have the disk handy. From why I see this may be the bridge you are looking for. Hope you can find it for the price I did (not that I was looking for this functionality)
(This would be the very first devices known to man that converts between USB and FireWire other than a host computer. It may be that there exists a USB port on the advertised device, but I could not find it in the literature or the manual or the pictures ... ?? )
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yes. Like I said, I couldn't test the functionality fully, for bridging. There is a usb port on the back (b-type). I may have some time in the next couple of days to check it out, altho the firewire port on my sony camcorder is hosed (which is why I bought this capture device to begin with).