Mini DV Camcorder as Web Cam?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by jayeskreezy, Sep 13, 2005.

  1. jayeskreezy macrumors 65816

    Mar 3, 2005
    I have a Canon Optura 20 and I wanted to know if it was possible to turn it into a webcam for use on a mac and pc? If so how do I do that? Is there some special software needed? Is there freeware out there that can do the trick? Also, would I need a firewire connection or just a usb 2.0 connection? I need to know this ASAP so any and all help is greatly appreciated.
  2. berkleeboy210 macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2004
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Yup, It can be done. It requires a Firewire Connection for Ichat on the Mac. Not sure about the PC but probably USB 2 for Windows.
  3. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    I have a Canon MVX250i which i think is sort of the euro version of your camera (or something like that)

    I wanted to see what it was like as a webcam - it was pretty cool - just plugged it in via firewire, started up MSN, selected video chat, and MSN automagically brought up the video feed from the camera, no probs.

    Same as iMovie automatically finds the Firewire feed from any connected camera really.

    By the way does anyone know what iMovie etc would do if TWO cameras were connected via firewire?

    The only negative was the amount of cabling and equipment on my desk was a bit much - mini tripod, camera, camera power cable, firewire cable.

    Since I wasn't recording, the camera kept turning itself off too - had to dig into the manual to figure how to stop that. An easier way would be simply to record over a spare tape, and keep reusing that tape.

    hope this helps

    tomato - who still can't get used to people on videochat not quite looking me in the eye.
  4. jayeskreezy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 3, 2005
    thanks that was SOOO helpful...does anyone know if it's possible to do with skype?
  5. Bob_Barker macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2004
    Gainesville, FL
    A lot of cameras will shut off to save power, which makes using them as a webcam problematic. You should try to enable the demo mode on the camera while you are using it as a webcam. You will see the messages on the viewfinder that they display in the store, but it won't effect the signal that goes to the computer and the camera won't shut off.
  6. VanMac macrumors 6502a


    May 26, 2005
    Rampaging Tokyo
    Yep, firewire movie cameras work fine as a webcam. I would suggest buying a little tripod for it.....mabye external mic as welll.
  7. jayeskreezy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 3, 2005
    that's great! I have both so I should be good
  8. JMacPro macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2009
    Panasonic Mini DV Camcorder

    I have a Panasonic Mini DV camcorder, and i am trying to got it to work on my mac running leopard. HELP! I just can't get it to work. When I enable webcam mode on my camera it says "Connect USB Cable"

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