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Re: Re: Seeking CPU Recomendations

> The camera is a Sony Digital 8 DCR-TRV525 NTSC.  It has a firewire port.
> There are instructions for downloading video to the camera but none for 
> writing from it directly to a file on a hard drive. How is this
> sychronized?

Try dvgrab.  BTW, your current hardware should be more than adequate for this.
$ aptitude show dvgrab
Package: dvgrab
State: not installed
Version: 1.8-4
Priority: extra
Section: graphics
Maintainer: Erik Schanze <eriks@debian.org>
Uncompressed Size: 258k
Depends: libavc1394-0 (>= 0.5.3), libc6 (>= 2.3.6-6), libdv4, libgcc1 (>=
         1:4.1.1-12), libjpeg62, libquicktime0, libraw1394-8, libstdc++6 (>=
Description: grab digital video data via IEEE1394 links
 dvgrab receives audio and video data from a digital camcorder via an IEEE1394
 (widely known as FireWire) link and stores them into one of several file
 formats. It features autosplit of long video sequences, and supports saving the
 data as raw frames, AVI type 1, AVI type 2, Quicktime DV, or a series of JPEG
 Homepage: http://www.kinodv.org/

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