FireWire 400, also called IEEE 1394a or i.LINK, is the consumer and professional standard
for formats such as DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD, and HDV. FireWire is
an inexpensive and easy way to capture and output high-quality digital video using a
variety of camcorders and decks and is capable of data rates as high as 400 Mbps.
Standard FireWire cables can be up to 4.5 meters long.
There are two kinds of FireWire connectors: a 4-pin connector (typically found on video
equipment such as camcorders or decks) and a 6-pin connector (used for computer
equipment). However, some newer video equipment uses the 6-pin connector, and
some video interfaces use the 4-pin connector. See your equipment’s documentation
for more information.