Firewire vs My Camcorder

OK, so a little heart-stopping system action tonight.

I’ve been converting some old video tapes to digital, sucking them into the PowerMac via the D/A converter in my Canon ZR70MC Camcorder. That’s been a great path, and really works well through the regular FW ports on the Mac.

Now I’ve got this fancy new FW800 external RAID drive…. and every time I turn on the camcorder, the external drive just stops responding! As soon as I turn the camera off, the drive returns on its own.

I don’t get this one — very confusing. I mean, the workaround is to only have one or the other turned on, but there’s some serious weirdness associated with this seemingly normal connection combo!