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    Video Camera that will work as a webcam?

    Does anyone know of a decent little video camera that will plug into a PC/laptop via USB and act like a webcam when you do this.

    Reason for asking is that we are looking to stream one of our concerts through our website (via UStream) and it would be nice to be at least use a decent camera that an operater could pan, tilt, zoom as required rather than just a static low quality webcam. We will be micing the concert properly and pushing the mix in to the laptop, so would nice to have video that looked half decent as well, before the UStream app does its stuff and compresses it (instead of compressing video that already looks a bit naff!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFopp View Post
    Does anyone know of a decent little video camera that will plug into a PC/laptop via USB and act like a webcam when you do this.
    Does it have to be USB - could you use Firewire? If this is a laptop, does it already have a mini-firewire connector, or could you add one via a PCMCIA card? If so, you could then get hold of a second hand or cheap new MiniDV camera, which would generally have a decent zoom and so on and be able to be used as a video camera device directly from Windows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Does it have to be USB - could you use Firewire? If this is a laptop, does it already have a mini-firewire connector, or could you add one via a PCMCIA card? If so, you could then get hold of a second hand or cheap new MiniDV camera, which would generally have a decent zoom and so on and be able to be used as a video camera device directly from Windows.

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    Hadn't thought about firewire, but I suppose that makes sense for a decent video camera. Would all cameras with firewire be seen in Windows as a 'webcam' if they were connected and powered on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFopp View Post
    Would all cameras with firewire be seen in Windows as a 'webcam' if they were connected and powered on?
    I think they might even let you do swish stuff like zoom and so on, although I've just realised that our old MiniDV camera is completly knackered so I can't check this. You'll probably be able to get a quite decent actual camera for a good price on eBay if people are moving on to different formats - nothing wrong the camera itself.

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