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I'm very curious about this. I have a friend who would enjoy to use a Full HD camcorder as a webcam. I heard it can be done and it's very simple nowadays (just hooking up the cam to a PC via USB or something like that). Is it true? Can it be done? And how?
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http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Use-Your-Camcorder-as-a-Webcam/

this might help!
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That's too old already frown.gif I actually read that a while ago but most (if not all) of the new HD camcorders are being sold with USB 2.0 only. Also, there aren't many motherboards with Firewire anymore.

Any other ideas?
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Use an hdmi capture card, such as the black magic. It provides an HDMI in port.

I used this card with an HD camcorder at a church. Also installed a network to stream the video to TVs around the building as well as to their web site. Works fantastic.

If your camera has FireWire, you can always install a FireWire PCI card.
Edited by ramkatral - 1/11/12 at 2:56pm
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Could there be a simpler way to get this done without using a PCI-e card? And everything would be acquired brand new (camcorder, tripod and whatnot). My friend just wants it to be as simple as possible and being able to stream in HD
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Get the capture card. It only uses a small one lane. Works perfect. I don't think it can be done in HD over USB. It would be too slow. FireWire actually has a higher data rate than USB when I comes to audio/video.
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BlackMagic offers a device that works with USB 3.0, I'm asumming it shoud provide enough bandwidth for what my friend wants. Am I right on this?

It's the Intensity Shuffle USB 3.0. Unfortunately there are no motherboards withThunderbold/Lightpeak ports frown.gif Whould that USB 3.0 version be enough?

http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/intensity/models/
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Could work, but I personally prefer the black magic pcie card.
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Why? Theoretically speaking USB 3.0 provides up to 5Gbit/s. That should be enough for an HD 720p stream, right?
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And BTW Ramkatral: How did you set everything up to stream the video online?
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