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Mini DV GR-D73ex

Would like to use as a web cam through Skype but unable to pick up images i.e does not seem to connect, I am using firewire to connect to the pc and can see the image when I connect via my computer but skype does not pick it up.
Any ideas do I have to install software?

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Re: Mini DV GR-D73ex

I think skype will only detect USB connected cameras.

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Copying from TAPE to PC requires 4 things. The video cam where the TAPE will be played, a FIREWIRE compatible cable, a FIREWIRE card installed on your computer and a SOFTWARE that supports a firewire device that would record the video.

Unlike Digital Videos that you can just copy and paste the video file from the video cam to the computer, the tape to pc transfer is more of recording the video in from the video cam by playing it in real time while the computer is recording it.

This is a sample of a FIREWIRE card that is installed inside a computer.
An external USB version of this is also available.


This is a sample of a FIREWIRE cable.


Windows MOVIE MAKER is an example of a software that can be used to record the videos. It supports FIREWIRE devices.

Here's a sample video.

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