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  • Any Firewire ExpressCard / SxS card readers?

    Posted by Navarro Parker on May 14, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Just curious if there are any Firewire-based card readers for the EX?

    Sean Adair replied 15 years ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Craig Seeman

    May 14, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    None that I know of. There’s Sony’s SxS USB reader. Given that Sony is one of the “inventors” of firewire/iLink you’d think they’d go in that direction but there must have been a reason they haven’t nor has anyone else (yet).

    There is this PCIe Express Card reader but note there are SERIOUS caveats
    https://www.synchrotech.com/products-expc/pcie-expresscard-slot-drive_02.html
    Macs need to be rebooted on every card change and Windows needs to search to recognize hardware. This kills the speed advantage.

    They’ve even made this statement to detail what they’re running into
    https://www.synchrotech.com/support/tech-notes-hot_swapping_pcie_based_expresscards.html

  • Noah Kadner

    May 14, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    I’d go for a used Macbook Pro- very fast and reliable Express Card reader with full editing system bonus included….

    Noah

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  • Craig Seeman

    May 14, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    But then you have to hook the dern thing up to your desktop and copy the files over. Certainly GigE connection would be fast but it’s just another step.

    It would be nice to have PCIe to Express Card reader and Synchrotech is close except for the apparently insurmountable issue they’ve hit.

    Now for field use I’d like something like and iPhone or iTouch with Express Card reader and 160GB of storage. This way I can keep the thing in my pocket (or the PA’s pocket), have a little screening window . . . but I’d still need to hook that dern thing to my desktop and copy the files again.

    I was really hoping Apple was going to come out with a 13″ MacBookPro or start including Express Card slots in the MacBook. You can get a Windows laptop with Express Card slot in that price range or less.

    I have the Sony SxS USB reader but it’s only around 3.5x to 4x and then I have to convert them to .mov in the Transfer tool.

  • Sean Adair

    June 8, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    13″ macbook pro for less than the equiv macbook used to cost. With SDHC card & FW 800!
    Express cards are so yesterday ;^)

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