Originally Posted by hmurchison
The funny thing is both USB and FW were supposed to reduce
needed ports. USB via hubs and FW via daisychaining yet that's not quiet how reality has worked out. What a paradox.
I think this is why combining firewire with the ethernet network interface is the next logical step. Think how easy it will be to share devices this way. Simply plug your firewire drive straight into a compatible wireless router and you've got a wifi Time Machine backup.
It's also far better for live recording because it supports much longer cable lengths and at a push you might even get away with wireless (HDV is only 25 Mbps). Imagine being able to position a camera absolutely anywhere while shooting and recording live. You can probably split a wired connection much more easily too.
The ideal scenario IMO is that we have one interface for everything. In the end, no matter if you are running a mouse, a display, a hard drive, it's all computer data. The only reason we have multiple interfaces is that they are created by different people for different reasons with different licensing and different performance.
Take bluetooth - why aren't we running our mice and keyboards over wifi? We have 802.11n capable of 300 Mbps max with a range of hundreds of meters and yet we use a 2 Mbps standard with a range of a few feet.
One reason I think FW 400 should disappear is due to the issue with the plug. There has been major damage caused to computers by inserting a worn plug in the wrong way round. This is a huge design flaw. I always triple-check a FW 400 plug before putting it in.
The cables and plugs are also very heavy.
If there is no FW capability at all, it will be disappointing but if it has combined FW/Gig-E, it will be a big step forward. S800T is an IEEE standard and published in June last year. This means that it's relatively new and it's about time someone started using it. Given that Apple developed firewire, it makes sense they should be the first to implement it.