Now uses a small microcontroller to emit IR control codes to said camcorders. You are right these are becoming more rare but I see all digital solutions are coming down in price.
Finding a camcorder with LANC control and a A/V input is becoming increasingly more difficult. Does anyone know of an alternative to being able to control the functions externally of a camcorder (wired remote for example) and to input video into a camcorder using USB or other method? I have used Sony camcorders for years and used their LANC port and A/V input so I could use the device as a recorder only. I've really been struggling trying to figure out a better way to do this using the newer digital camcorders. Any help would be greatly appreciated. You can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org