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Todd Simpson
post Jul 29 2016, 12:10 AM
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I just purchased a new web cam for my computer and it's got optical zoom and a remote control to zoom in / out which is very handy when shooting guitar vids. It shoots in HD and connects to my computer via FIREWIRE not usb. So if you don't have firewire, you'd need to either buy a firewire card for your desktop. If it's a windows laptop without firewire, stop reading here.

For those still reading, (mac users or folks with firewire connections on pc) you are in luck. You can get a cam like this for less than $75. I got it used on ebay and it's actually a HD Handycam from Canon (with real canon optic glass) called an HV30. It records directly over firewire to my computer so there is no file transfer process. I just hit record. Also, I can run my DAW while recording video. So when doing music recording with video, it works great. I then combine the audio and video in Adobe Premiere.

The HV20 and HV30 cameras (several years old at this point) are very cheap now on ebay and especially if you get one that has issues with the tape drive. ( I don't need the tape deck part of it as I"m using it to record direct to computer over firewire.) you can get a killer deal. These units used to cost well over $1,000. Now you can grab one with a bad tape head / transport, for under $100 all day long. For the price of a decent web cam, you can have a real nice camera with real glass in it for a lense, not plastic, and optical not digital zoom. This one upgrade will make your videos look way more pro. Worth looking in to smile.gif

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post Jul 31 2016, 02:45 PM
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I hear there's some kind of cable I can get for my DSLR camera that will allow me to use it as a webcam, but it's sort of unofficial, but I might check it out some time.

That said I can also recommend some Logitech Webcams if it's just for filming something rather simple. With the right lighting it works great too and does HD.


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post Aug 3 2016, 09:20 PM
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Please do share smile.gif Tips for making better videos are always a good thing. I had a nice Canon Digital DSLR and ended up returning it as I couldn't get it to record direct to my computer sad.gif My production process is direct recording to quicktime movie files over firewire which is evidently a "Mac thing" but web cams over usb is very similar and very handy!!!

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I hear there's some kind of cable I can get for my DSLR camera that will allow me to use it as a webcam, but it's sort of unofficial, but I might check it out some time.

That said I can also recommend some Logitech Webcams if it's just for filming something rather simple. With the right lighting it works great too and does HD.



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post Aug 4 2016, 04:11 PM
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Logitech really makes some very nice cameras these days. I didn't pay much for my C525, but it works a charm for most things. If you're willing to pay a bit more, you can get some that shoots up to 1080p.

Regarding the cable I was talking about, I can't find it now. It was some kind of mini usb cable that was split in some way, if I recall correctly. But I could be completely wrong here now. I'm starting doubt myself as I write this smile.gif Maybe it wasn't to make it work as a webcam after all.


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post Aug 4 2016, 08:17 PM
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Maybe tell folks about your current setup with the DSLR and the software you found? It makes some killer videos!! Even has picture in picture to support a web cam and dslr with synched audio recorded directly to computer. That is freaking cool!!!


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Logitech really makes some very nice cameras these days. I didn't pay much for my C525, but it works a charm for most things. If you're willing to pay a bit more, you can get some that shoots up to 1080p.

Regarding the cable I was talking about, I can't find it now. It was some kind of mini usb cable that was split in some way, if I recall correctly. But I could be completely wrong here now. I'm starting doubt myself as I write this smile.gif Maybe it wasn't to make it work as a webcam after all.



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post Aug 4 2016, 08:23 PM
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I'll make a thread about it one of these days smile.gif


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