Would you like to use your camcorder as a webcam? Yes, you can use your camcorder as a webcam with software like digital video driver. To use your camcorder as webcam, you need to download the digital video driver. You just hook up your camcorder to your computer with a fire wire port, also known as a institute of electrical and electronics engineers 1394 cable first.
Then you want to install digital video driver software, once that camcorder is hooked up with a fire wire cable. Once all that is completed then you should be able to use programs like Microsoft network messenger, Yahoo messenger, Skype, etc. that have an ability to use webcams with them. You can check to make sure that Microsoft Windows operating system installed a driver for your camcorder when you hook it up by going to “Start” then “Control Panel” then “Device Manager”.
In Microsoft Windows device manager, your camcorder should be listed some where under “Cameras”. If you do not have an institute of electrical and electronics engineers 1394 Firewire port on your camcorder, then you can try to use a universal serial bus port if available. If you hook up your camcorder to your personal computer using a universal serial bus port on your camera, and with a universal serial bus cable to that universal serial bus connection on your computer, then Microsoft Windows operating system should automatically detect and install a universal serial bus camera driver.
Once that driver installs successfully, then no other software is required. You can test it out in America Online instant messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Skype or whatever program you would like to use. Video quality will not be as good as using a firewire connection, but you will be able to use your camcorder as a webcam.
There is a FREE trial version of this software available. This allows you to test drive this software first. Also, this digital video driver software supports Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, and Microsoft Windows 7 operating systems.