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USB adaptor to connect camera as web cam / live viewer

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I've connected Easy VHS on Window successfully to act as a live viewer using the AV output on a DV camera connected using the RCA jack. The camera works in Skype and also using a freeware viewer, Split Cam.

 

I also have a Mac version (though the adaptor I understand is the same as the PC version) but cannot use the camera other than through the Easy VHS app. I tried Video Viewer to no avail, iChat does not recognize the DV camera, only the built in iSight camera. The DV camera does not have firewire. Anyone know of an app that will allow me full screen live view using the DV camera? Thanks.

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A DV camera without Firewire? How is one supposed to import the video taken with that camera? I gather that iMovie also doesn't see the camera.

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A DV camera without Firewire? How is one supposed to import the video taken with that camera? I gather that iMovie also doesn't see the camera.

Actually the majority of DV Camcorders are not coming with Firewire anymore…

 

The switch started after the move away from camcorders that store files on tape.

 

With HDD's and Memory cards for storage, USB came to the forefront because all you are doing is moving Files from the camcorder to the computer.

 

Here is a look at my little Sony HD Webbie when plugged into my USB (forgive the PC screen caps ;) ):

 

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Note that is shows up as 3 separate drives but it is only a Memory Card and on board RAM and ROM. The files are located within and I simply copy them to my computer:

 

 

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It seems that Mac OS sees the built in iSight as a USB device; the RCA-jack-to-Easy-VHS converts the DV camera to a USB camera (NOT using the camera's USB adaptor but the AV jack which is a mini-to-RCA cable). macam and VideoViewer don't recognize my DV cam, only Easy-VHS does.

 

The same setup works like a charm on a PC - I use a DV camera as a live viewer without using Firewire but it seems on the Mac while USB web cams may work, trying to achieve the same with a DV cam through Easy-VHS won't.

 

 

 

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It seems that Mac OS sees the built in iSight as a USB device; the RCA-jack-to-Easy-VHS converts the DV camera to a USB camera (NOT using the camera's USB adaptor but the AV jack which is a mini-to-RCA cable). macam and VideoViewer don't recognize my DV cam, only Easy-VHS does.

 

The same setup works like a charm on a PC - I use a DV camera as a live viewer without using Firewire but it seems on the Mac while USB web cams may work, trying to achieve the same with a DV cam through Easy-VHS won't.

 

It would appear roxio only want you to use it with the Easy VHS to DVD application, nothing else :(

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