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Has anyone ever used their old Sony Handycam (or maybe any older hand-held camcorder) as a web cam? As in streaming the live video from the cam to a web server (local or remote/Internet).

My TRV815 has a pretty darn good picture quality for its time.. Via USB or Ethernet. It has S-Video but I think that is input. It has RCA out (white/red for audio and yellow for video) and I have used that to display to my TV.

I have web cams already but was wondering if I could put this one to use also just for kicks..

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try your question here: electronics.stackexchange.com –  studiohack Dec 12 '10 at 1:22
    
I disagree - chances are the solution is either a simple matter of a suitable interface, and suitable software. –  Journeyman Geek Dec 12 '10 at 2:47
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Well, i'm assuming like many cameras of the era, it supports firewire - you could use that interface and suitable software - this instructables post talks about a few alternatives for the latter to turn it into a webcam. Unfortunately all the software mentioned is more expensive than a webcam.

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In order to use your Sony camcorder (I use TRV350) you must first download a free software called splitcam.

SplitCam.Softonic.com

The firewire for some reason will not upload audio to your PC for skype use. The video is fine. For the audio you must connect a mic to your mic input of your PC.

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