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LCD Viewfinder on Camileo HD Camcorder goes black/blank/off when i plug it into USB to use it as a webcam. Was wondering how i can fix so so i can access the zoom and other such functions.

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  • Taboganist00 Sep 10, 2009

    Well that's disappointing to hear. I bought this camcorder specifically because it had HD, 5 mega-pixel image and also had webcam funtionality. I assumed I would be able to avail of its video recording features while it was attached to my PC.
    Is there anyway to disable Mass Storage Mode while my Toshiba Camelio HD Camcorder is attacthed to my PC? (It came with a HDMI cable, I can't use that to transfer data for webcam functionality can I?)
    If there is no solution can u recommend any good Camcorders which would make the best webcams? Ya know, avail of its video features while attached to PC. I have a friend who uses a Sony Handycam and he can use all its features perfectly while attached. Even take pictures.

    I would very much concider a refund as i bought it recently if u could buy another for under 200 bucks.


  • Taboganist00 Sep 10, 2009

    LOL Ah jeez the Camileo HD has no firewire connection (only USB, HDMI and SD card imput), and I cant find any functionality options such as zoom and picture settings in the supplied ArcSoft software that came with it, and driver seems very basic indeed. Looks like i really made a bad purchase here. Should of opted for an I-Link camcoder and hooked it up via firewire.

    Thanks for your help Ginko, Looks like I'm gonna have to rethink my options here. Really made a dude buy for what i wanted it to be.


  • Taboganist00 Sep 10, 2009

    Oddly enough, I was just checking USB to Firewire adaptors lol. Do u
    think a USB to Firewire adapter could conceivably work? I'm not sure I
    would be able to use it as a webcam using either firewire or HDMI. But
    I'm investigating google as we speak. I'm sure there's an amicable
    solution to my predicament somewhere out there :)

  • Taboganist00 Sep 10, 2009

    Well I'm happy, we've possibly muddled our way to solving a situation that once seemed lost. A DVI to HDMI should resolve the issue. And I can download DVdriver from trackercam.com to pick up the feed. Thanks very much for ur help Ginko. :D

    I'll be sure to leave some postive feedback for ya!


  • Taboganist00 Sep 10, 2009

    Helped me devise a solution to a woes when i thought all was lost. Good work.

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You cannot Fix it because it is not a fault.

When you plug the USB cable into your camera, the camera will automatically set itself on data Mode, disabling zoom and most manual function and transferring control to computer software.

There is no way to change this.

Please let me know if you need more help, and please remember to leave feedback.

Thanks.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009

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    Ginko Sep 10, 2009

    Hi there,


    the point is that camcorders work all the same way.

    When USB is connected, the camcorder is controlled as a webcam, and all remote functions (Zoom, light settings etc.) are transferred to computer control.

    That is the way the USB Cam function works on a camcorder. Manufacturers assume that a webcam does not need viewfinder, since is not manually controlled.

    To grab and display directly on computer you can use firewire connection instead:
    IEEE 1394 interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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    Ginko Sep 10, 2009

    Hi,

    I wanted to add few considerations.

    As a webcam (USB) the functions are very restricted. The software should still allow you to control digital zoom, while optical zoom will be disabled. As I told you this is pretty much the same for all ordinary camcorders.

    Firewire had been replaced by HDMI, an HDMI connection can do the same as firewire. Connecting through HDMI you can use viewfinder and controls while you operate camcorder.

    On the market computer with HDMI are not very common, you may need to purchase an HDMI Adapter or DVI to HDMI Adapter.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Sep 10, 2009

    USB to firewire adapter normally works. In that case you will need to connect firewire on camcorder and USB to computer. The computer will receive plain video signal from camera on the adapter, and at the same time you will be able to control camera manually.

    In your particular case this won't solve the problem, since the camera has no firewire port. You still need to use HDMI or AV.

    The best thing to do is using an HDMI adapter connected to an USB or DVI input on computer. There are several kind of adapter that can do the job.

    The important thing is that camcorder is not connected to USB, or its functions will get disabled on Data mode. On the other side , the computer must connect to an Input port (eg. any USB, or input DVI). A good choice could be an adapter from USB on computer to HDMI on camcorder.
    After installing adapter you will need to use a software to manage the video stream on USB. This is often provided with adapter.






  • Ginko
    Ginko Sep 10, 2009

    If you have a desktop PC, then a simple solution is installing a video card with HDMI connector inside the computer, here is an example: Best AGP card with HDMI connector.

    If you do not want to use HDMI/DVI, then the only alternative solution is getting a camcorder with firewire. Many new camcorders do not have firewire port anymore.


  • Ginko
    Ginko Sep 10, 2009

    You are welcome.

    Thanks for the nice chat :)

    G.


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