Originally Posted by ryan330
I understand your points about the old MacBook, but I think you failed to understand my points about the new MacBook. Steve Jobs is not an idiot. He single handedly leads the computer industry. If he made a choice to drop a certain type of port from his best selling line of computers of all time, he must have had good evidence to support his decision. If firewire is the only means of rescuing harddrives and transferring data, then clearly this would have been a bad decision. Apple is not that stupid, however. I am not a computer EXPERT, so I can't rattle of different means of doing what you described off the top of my head, but i guarantee you there are ways to solve those issues without a firewire port. The times are changing in the computer industry and Apple clearly feels as though its time to phase out firewire.
first of all: if you don't have any peripherals that use firewire you don't know what the issue is about and shouldn't even be in this discussion.
secondly: it looks like you didn't read through the whole thread, just jumped in at the end. because there are numerous posts that explain the use for firewire in different areas than just rescuing harddrives.
thirdly: some pro editing software have security built in so the user can't blame the software manufacturer for not functioning at full capacity: the software will just ignore certain peripherals when not plugged into a proper firewire port, converter plug or not.
and last: yes: the industry might be moving away from firewire in the end, but since the life-cycle of most hardware is longer than those of laptops, it would have been logical to wait until all of those have switched to a new platform and most old peripherals had died before stopping support on those. it will cost me and others like me thousands of dollars to replace those for similar USB driven ones.
and please don't anybody post another link to a camera or interface that has USB. yes there are some that do, but that doesn't help if you don't have the money to replace all of the old hardware. I'm also not going to post links here to hardware that will run on USB1.0
Originally Posted by TenoBell
I don't understand the "audio has to have FireWire" argument. Video needs more bandwidth than audio. The video signal is larger and has at least one sometimes two audio tracks.
the audio tracks that come with film are usually at lower bitrate than pro-audio.
a typical audio interface has 8 channels of audio coming in, some midi data, and 2 to 8 channels of audio going out. it is also very common to daisy chain two or more audio interfaces together (with firewire) to be able to record more than 8 tracks at the same time (a drum kit typically already uses 10 channels alone), making sure that even more data is going through. and unlike the video transfer with a couple of glitches, you cannot try to transfer it again with audio because it was a live recording session. you will have lost the moment.
I seriously cannot see any current option other than firewire to have a smooth recording session.
and I need the laptop to be as small as possible (while having enough screen space for the software), because I already am carrying interfaces and microphones with me too. (I have a really neat suitcase that perfectly fits my macBook, an external drive and one audio interface. a 15" macBook pro would fit in). at home or in the studio I will hook it up to a larger screen.