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FireWire (IEEE 1394)

FireWire is Apple Inc.'s brand name for the IEEE 1394 interface. Almost all modern digital camcorders have included this connection since 1995. Many computers intended for home or professional audio/video use have built-in FireWire ports including all Apple, Dell (except the Inspiron 1501, Dimension 8300 series, and Latitude 131L) and Sony laptop computers currently produced.

The system is commonly used for connection of data storage devices and DV (digital video) cameras, but is also popular in industrial systems for machine vision and professional audio systems. It is used instead of the more common USB due to its faster effective speed, higher power-distribution capabilities, and because it does not need a computer host. Perhaps more importantly, FireWire makes full use of all SCSI capabilities and, compared to USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, has higher sustained data transfer rates, especially on Apple OS X, with more varied results on Windows presumably since USB2 is Intel's answer to Firewire on Windows machines, a feature especially important for audio and video editors.

FireWire is an easy way of transfering your file to the computer and to the iTunes U website.


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