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Sony Digital 8 video camera to use as webcam.

by pc_pa / July 2, 2006 8:55 PM PDT

Hello out there. After much messing around I finally connected a webcam to my pc, a feat and a half for a pc cretin like me. I also managed to connect my Sony Digital 8 as I always wanted to convert my kids films onto CD. So far so good!!! doing pretty well. Now I am getting a bit more aventurous and I would like to find out if I can use my Digial Sony 8 as a webcam, great picture and magic clarity. Can anyone out there put me on the right track and tell me if it is at all possible and if so what is required ( software or Hardware)to achieve the required result.
I would greatefully appreciate any help as I am in the bush and pretty hard to get a knowledgable answer from pc retailers.
Thanking you in advance

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Sony Digital 8 Digicam
by kAnGkEr / July 2, 2006 9:35 PM PDT

Yes, I purchased a very useful video conversion gadget a few years ago, which I have been laboriously using to convert my massive collection of tapes and videos to digital files, stored on a spare hard drive or two. Most any video playing device can be plugged into one side, and, magically, the device outputs a digital version of your tape. I'm sure this could be rigged to work with your digital 8 device to output a live feed.

It is known as the "ConvertX PVR", small, and fairly inexpensive. Just plug this term into the search engines, and I'm sure there will be many places it can be ordered from. Good luck.


Imaginary Genius

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video 8
by pc_pa / July 4, 2006 7:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Sony Digital 8 Digicam

Thank you for your reply,Genius.
It gives me something to look at.

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Usually fails.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 2, 2006 11:52 PM PDT

These devices are not designed for running past a few hours. You can test this to see if it shuts off on it's own. With webcams being 10 bucks around here, why burn out an expensive camcorder?


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video 8
by pc_pa / July 4, 2006 7:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Usually fails.

Thank you for your help and reply. I was just looking for clarity and better image.

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Then connect it via a tv/video capture card.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 4, 2006 8:06 AM PDT
In reply to: video 8

Many video chats support video capture boards. But I worry you may shorten the camcorder time or find it just shuts off on you automatically.


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vdeo 8 as cam
by pc_pa / July 6, 2006 4:57 AM PDT

Thank you Bob for all your help.
Followed your instructions and you are absolutely right. Once the Video8 studio, opens up I can select between the Vid8 or my webcam. I selected Vid8 the image was extremely clear, sharp and true to colours.
Switching over to webcam the quality dropped by 90%.
As predicted by you the vid8 was cutting out after approx 3 to 5 minutes. What a shame!!!!! Would you know the reason and how to combat that drop off???
Once again thank you for your help.

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