IEEE-1394 FireWire iLink DV Cable 6 Pin Male to 4 Pin Male – 3 Feet Clear
Do you remember that Handycam or other mini DV camcorder you used religiously for years until you started taking most of your videos on your phone or tablet? You still have it around, we’re sure; in fact, you may still use it when you want to film the kids (or grandkids) playing in the backyard or singing at a school play. When you want to export the video from the camcorder to your computer for editing, storage or posting on YouTube, how do you do it? Chances are, you use “that cable” that came with the video camera. But what kind of cable is it, and how can you replace it if it ever breaks or gets lost?
First of all, we’ll answer the “what kind of cable is it?” question. Most likely, it’s a FireWire cable; more specifically, a FireWire 400 (also known as IEEE-1394a or iLink) cable. It probably has one small connector with four pins at one end, and a slightly-larger connector with six pins at the other. The four-pin connector plugs into the port on your camera and the six-pin connector plugs into the FireWire port on your computer, and you’ve got a perfect link between the camcorder and computer. (If you have a newer computer with a 9-pin serial connector, you’ll need a FireWire 400 to FireWire 800 bilingual cable found elsewhere on our site; if you only have a USB port on your computer, you’ll need a separate FireWire to USB adapter.) There are other devices which also have four-pin IEEE-1394 ports – we’re just using video cameras as an example because they commonly featured these ports.
As for the “how do you replace it” question, you’ve just found the answer. Our Cmple FireWire/iLink 6 pin male to 4 pin cable is designed for optimal data transfer between FireWire 400 devices. It’s capable of full 400 Mbps throughput (limited only by the devices and ports you’re using) without any noticeable signal loss whatsoever. How does it do that, you ask? Start with the solid twisted-pair construction of the inner cable, and then add three levels of shielding; that reduces the effect of any interference in the area and eliminates problems with crosstalk, ensuring that all of your data makes it end to end the way it’s supposed to. A strong yet flexible clear outer jacket protects the entire package from wear and tear or accidental damage. One other nice feature of this iLink/FireWire cable is that it can be plugged in or removed without having to shut down the computer or device it’s attached to, thanks to plug and play and hot swap compatibility.
This cable is available in two colors and several length as well.
3 feet, 6 feet, 10 feet, 15 feet
Looking in detail at the Cmple IEEE-1394 FireWire iLink 6 pin male to 4 pin male DV cable:
- Twisted pair construction and triple shielding, to reduce crosstalk and maximize speed
- Rated up to 400 Mbps (limited by device/port speed)
- Molded construction
- Connectors: one 6-pin IEEE-1394 male, one 4-pin IEEE-1394 male
- Hot swap compatible
- Length: 3 Feet
- Color: Clear
A 6-pin to 4-pin male to male cable may be the most useful FireWire cable you can find, since 6-pin ports were standard on Macs and 4-pin iLink ports were extremely common on video cameras during the early part of the century. Most brick-and-mortar stores don’t carry them anymore. We do, and at a ridiculously low price.