Using s-video/composite video (from external camera) as a webcam in Mac

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by MacoMan, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. MacoMan macrumors newbie

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    Dear All,

    I have one question regarding s-video/composite input to my macbook pro or imac 27!

    i have one video device (a specialized video recordings device for our experiments) with only S-Video/Composite out! I would like to stream this video directly to my mac (real time) and then use this as webcam stream (instead of isight) during our ichat conversations.

    is there a quick sloution?

    i actually once did it (2 years ago) but totally forgot which device/convertor i used!

    thanks for your help!

    -M
     
  2. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    I know if you hook up a camera via FireWire it will work. I'm not sure how to use a camera that only has S-Video. Actually are you SURE it only has S-video out? I bet it has FW (DV-out).
     
  3. MacoMan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for your reply!
    I am 100% sure that it has only s-video and composite in/out! actually it is a video conferencing device with an integrated camera! It gives you an oppertunity to use the video stream on your computer but with only 2 channels (s-video and composite)!

    cheers,
    -M
     
  4. jackerin macrumors 6502a

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    You'll need something to digitize the video, since S-video is analogue. Odds are, if you don't have a device already, it would be much cheaper just to buy a USB webcam.
     
  5. MacoMan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    unfortunately i HAVE TO use that integrated camera:( it is part of the setup!

    do you have any idea about any such device (from digitizing video and then viewing it live in mac)? affordable?
     
  6. MacoMan thread starter macrumors newbie

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  7. MacoMan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks a lot! Elegato looks good!

    so the stream which i get by the device should work as my webcam..right?
     
  8. DaveVan macrumors newbie

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    MacoMan,

    Did you manage to get this to work?

    Thanks,

    DaveVan
     
  9. nsputnik macrumors newbie

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    The Elegato is not recognized as a web cam. It only works with the included software as a recorder.
     

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