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You will need:

A Camcorder (Firewire or Analog)
A Firewire Card (For Firewire Camcorder)
A Video Capture Card or TV Tuner (For an Analog Camcorder)

A way to connect the Camcorder to the corresponding cards.

The Eagletron TrackerCam Software.
Go to trackerCamhttp://www.trackercam.com/TCamWeb/download.htm
to download it, it is a free download. You need additional hardware to get full use of the software, but for a basic webcam this software is enough.Active WebCam captures images up to 30 frames per second from any video device including USB, analog cameras, TV-boards, camcorders, and from network IP cameras.

The program performs simultaneous recording and broadcasting from unlimited number of cameras.

WebcamDV allows you to have "the best quality webcam in the world:"

If you own a DV camcorder, or are about to buy one, wouldn't it be cool if you could use all its features by making it the world's best web cam? WebCamDV is a utility which runs in conjunction with your webcam software application. It lets your digital video camera with all its expensive features, act like a webcam! Imagine, a webcam with 600X zoom, auto focus, stereo sound, auto stabilizing, night vision, high quality optics, and more, depending on your camcorder.

DVDriver lets you iuse your camcorder as if it were a regular webcam:

DVdriver is a software tool that lets you use your camcorder with any software that works with webcams. It works by fooling Windows into thinking that your camcorder is just an ordinary USB webcam.

Use your camcorder with the full range of webcam software available today. Just plug your camcorder into your PC's Firewire port, run DVdriver and start the software you want to use.

What software do you use to turn your camcorder into a webcam?

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Si puedo utilizar su camara por eso. pero, la directiones estan en engles.


Primero es para S- Video

La orta mas pavajo estan directiones para USB Streaming

How to use a Sony® camcorder as a Web cam with a composite video or S-video connection.
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sp.gif sp.gif IMPORTANT: The computer must have a composite Video or S-Video input jack [FIG. 1]and compatible webcam software installed. Some computers may require a video capture card and/or sound board.
NOTE: This procedure cannot be performed when using the battery of the camcorder as a power source. If the camcorder is turned on, but not recording or playing a tape, it will automatically turn off after 5 minutes to conserve battery power. In addition, please be advised that this procedure may not work for all Sony camcorder models even when using the AC power adapter. Some models have an automatic demonstration mode that will activate after 5 minutes if the camera is turned on but not recording or playing a tape.
  1. Plug the AC power adapter for the camcorder into a working electrical outlet and then connect it to the camcorder.
  2. Connect a composite video cable or S-Video cable to the VIDEO or S-VIDEO jack on the camcorder. NOTES:
    • Sony camcorders usually come packaged with composite Audio/Video cables; S-Video cables are sold separately.
    • To purchase either of these cables, check with your local electronics dealer or visit the Sony® Parts and Accessories Sales Web site or by call (800) 488-7669.
  3. Connect the other end of the composite video cable or S-Video cable to the VIDEO IN or S-VIDEO IN jack on the computer.
  4. Turn on the camera by moving the POWER switch to the CAMERA position.
  5. Remove the cassette tape from the camcorder.
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[[Direct Accessories and Parts Center, DAPC]] How to use a Sony® camcorder as a webcam using USB Streaming. Solution
sp.gif sp.gif IMPORTANT:
  • Not all Sony® camcorders are equipped with a USB Streaming port. For compatibility information, or if you require further assistance with any of the steps below, consult the instruction manual of your camcorder. A copy of the camcorder instruction manual is available in the Manuals/Specs/Warranty section of the Sony® eSupport Web site
  • The USB Streaming driver is not compatible with the Apple® Mac OS® operating system.
  • The computer should have a factory installed USB port and compatible webcam software, such as Microsoft® NetMeeting®.

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