The layout of the IEEE1394 adapter card is typical of the industry. At
least one of the ports is placed on the inside of the board to allow for
future use with internal FireWire capable devices. At this point I'm unaware of any
devices designed for the inside of the computer which utilize the IEEE1394 standard, but
the prospect of RAID-type arrays of storage devices with 400Mbit/s through-put is
tantalizing none the less.
The Super1394 software adds on a bit of utilitarian
video editing capability that would form a good place to jump off from for anyone just beginning to
enter the world of digital video. We were not able to test out the functionality of
the software for lack of FireWire enabled digital video camera. Basically though, Super1394 enables video
and still frame capture, playback and basic digital video editing.
The requirements for the program to run properly are somewhat steep. Apart from running on
Win98SE or later (this is the case with all IEEE1394 devices), it requires
min 350Mhz CPU, 64Mb RAM, and a 1GB hard drive.
Let's take a look at some benchmarks!