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Can digital camcorders be used as webcams?


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#1 of 6 OFFLINE   Jeff Savage

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Posted November 25 2003 - 12:40 PM

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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#2 of 6 OFFLINE   NickSo

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Posted November 25 2003 - 12:48 PM

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...

#3 of 6 OFFLINE   Eric Samonte

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Posted November 26 2003 - 02:56 AM

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.

#4 of 6 OFFLINE   DonRoeber

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Posted November 26 2003 - 05:13 AM

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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#5 of 6 OFFLINE   Francois Caron

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Posted November 26 2003 - 09:59 AM

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 of 6 OFFLINE   Jeff Savage

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Posted November 26 2003 - 10:04 AM

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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