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JVC Everio GZ-HD7 as WebCam?

by huiggityhuy / March 15, 2008 6:14 PM PDT

I'm trying to use my JVC Everio GZ-HD7 camcorder as a webcam, but I'm having problems.

I'm using a firewire cable connected to my Sony Vaio NR notebook running Windows Vista. I've changed the video output setting on my camcorder to I-Link (firewire) and my computer along with AIM, Skype, and dv-camcorder-to-webcam-conversion programs like WebcamDV recognize it, so no problems there. But when I run it, I get a black screen. No video or audio whatsoever.

Does anybody have solutions or suggestions?

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Almost no camcorders do this anymore. Why?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 15, 2008 8:37 PM PDT

Even if you managed to get the video to show, the next issue is that the camera auto shuts down in a few minutes. This is because the possibility you may leave it on 24x7 and the designs are for shorter on times. The reasons are simple such as reduced weight and costs.

A webcam is cheaper too.

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Any other solutions?
by huiggityhuy / March 16, 2008 3:40 AM PDT

I wouldn't mind flicking the selection stick every few minutes to keep it alive. That's not a high price to pay for a cheaper, HD quality webcam if I can get it to work.

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Please post if you do.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 16, 2008 5:56 AM PDT
In reply to: Any other solutions?

Sadly this is an area that is not supported by the makers since it could reduce the life of the camcorder and create warranty issues. You are very much on your own.

As to HD web cam, those were cheaper than your camcorder...

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