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Greg Hertfelder

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Analog video-to-USB interface
« on: November 07, 2008, 10:56:06 pm »

I am looking for an external computer interface that would enable me to feed a pro camera or video switcher video (and audio) output into the card, and be input into the PC via USB connector. The computer would need to interpret the device as a webcam or external video input by Microsoft LiveMeeting2007.

Bueller? Bueller? Anyone? Anyone?
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Re: Analog video-to-USB interface
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2008, 10:13:07 am »

You should be able to find some off the shelf video capture devices at your local CompUSA, BestBuy, or Circuit City that will work as a webcam.  These stores all have a fairly liberal return policy, which you may need to use.  I would think the problem won't be finding something that "works", it will be finding something that is acceptable for your target audience/application.  A "pro" camera and/or quality switcher won't make the results particularly better in my experience with such applications.
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Re: Analog video-to-USB interface
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2008, 12:25:52 pm »

Ed
Thanks for your response, but the corporation I work for will not reimburse my credit card for a "technology" purchase, so I need a solid manufacturer and model number, fill out a requisition, etc. Trial and error would be procedurally unwieldy.
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Karl P(eterson)

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Re: Analog video-to-USB interface
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2008, 07:29:07 pm »

You should be able to use a firewire card in your computer and an Analog to DV video converter.

Depending on what kind of quality you need I would use a Canopus ADVC 300 or 700

http://www.firewire-1394.com/canopus-advc-300.htm

http://www.firewire-1394.com/canopus-advc-700.htm

Most programs can pick up a dv stream as a video feed. If not you can use a program like WebCamDV to take the firewire and pull it in.

http://www.orangeware.com/endusers/webcamdv.html

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Re: Analog video-to-USB interface
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2008, 04:44:00 pm »

Thanks, Karl. That's a step in the right direction, but I really need USB 2.0 connection. Unfortunately, the company-issued leased laptops do not have fire wire ports. But, the lease eventually will expire and we will be issued new laptops. Maybe future laptops will have fire wire.
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Re: Analog video-to-USB interface
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2009, 05:59:05 pm »

So, it turns out the whole issue was a bad video driver on my Toshiba M7 computer. Now updated, I can feed any firewire source now and LiveMeeting recognizes it. Thanks, all for your advice.
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