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Fire Wires-Some Like It Hot

Aug 21, 2008
We all know that some applications and plug-ins for our computers take a much higher speed of transfer than others. This is never been more true than in video application transfers that allow a more graphical sense to our creative computer world. The video captures and transference that is necessary from camcorder to computer simply cannot run at normal or low speeds and retain the level of quality that today's average computer owner expects in terms of performance.

The term fire wire first came into use after Apple developed the unique transference device wire that was intended to replace the Small Computer Systems Interface in order to handle faster transfers of audio and video material associated with camcorders and similar devices. It was to bridge the gap of low quality recordings and make even the amateur appear more professional in the pursuit of preserving home movies and sound tracks to capture memories forever. With its development, Sony created a version that eliminated power pins in reverence to a separate power supply. Over the years, this simple concept has developed beyond what was originally foreseen for it upon its conception.

The fire wire didn't just end up as a neat way to look professional for the average computer user. It has also been a useful tool for professionals who specialize in audio and video output and machine vision. In fact, the fire wire is preferred over the more standard USB. It has higher speed capacities for transferring with more power distribution capabilities than the standard USB. It also has the convenience of not requiring a computer host in order to be used, although it is often used on the computer. The fire wire utilizes all of the capabilities of the SCSI (Small Computer Systems Interface) and that creates a high sustained data transfer ratio. This ratio is one of the most important considerations for video and audio editors when creating their unique crafts.

Fire wires allow communication from peer-to-peer applications, such as a printer or scanner, without using any memory or a CPU, which can be important to those needing the advantages of it while using the device. The ability to support multiple hosts per bus and the ability to make use of plug and play as well as hot swapping makes the device even more attractive for professionals and amateurs alike.

The popularity of the fire wire can be witnessed in the corresponding manufacturer's response. Modern camcorders and other forms of recording and digital video devices including many models of cameras have included the connection for fire wire technology since 1995. With the advantages of speed and efficiency coupled with the obvious quality that is rendered due to the higher transfer rate, the fire wire has proved its value in the technological field. The simple device that appears to the naked eye of the novice to be a cable apparatus has become one of the must have for modern computer owners. Fire wires turn even the most novice of amateurs into professional videographers-even if it's only for the family.
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