Can digital camcorders be used as webcams?

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  1. Jeff Savage

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    Can the recent crop of digital camcorders also double as a webcam via their USB 2 or firewire ports?

    I would like to get one and the dual use would help justify the cost.

    Thanks!
    Jeff
     
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    I have an old 2nd generation JVC DV camcorder, and I can use it as a webcam, however, its captured using a Dazzle USB Video capture device rather than directly form the camcorder...
     
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    The newer Sony camcorders has software that does that. I haven't tried it but I read some poeple actually using it thru the USB connect.
     
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    I've used my firewire-equiped MiniDV camera with my Mac, using iChat AV. So videoconferencing works. Haven't tried a webcam sort of thing.
     
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    Another option is to plug the analog video out of any video camera into the analog video in of a video capture/TV tuner card.
     
  6. Jeff Savage

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    Thanks guys I guess it looks like it is possible I will just have to look very closely at the camera specs. I don't have a Dazzle box or a video capture card so I was hoping that a straight USB 2.0 or Firewire connection would work.

    Thanks!
    Jeff
     

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