Hi, hopefully I'm not covering old ground! i have just bought an i7 iMac as my P4 PC was struggling with HD footage from my HV30. I have an Avastor 500 gig firewire 400 drive. I have just ordered a firewire 800 to 400 lead for the drive and an 800 to 4 pin lead for the camera to go direct into the iMac. The iMac only has a single 800 firewire socket. I'm using FC Express.
My question is if i connect the hard drive to the iMac with the 400/800 lead, can I connect the HV30 to the hard drive (4 pin to 400) in a daisy chain fashion?
If the iMac sees the camera would it be possible to capture the footage from the HV30 onto the Avastor drive via the iMac? In other words, can the data from the camera go through the firewire chain to the iMac for capture and then go back out to the external hard drive?