To use the Sony Handycam as a webcam, connect the Handycam to a computer using a USB connector, and stream the cam's input instead of recording it. Webcam software is required on the computer's end to use an Internet connection to stream video to other computers. The camera must be plugged into an AC outlet.Continue Reading
Download any updates to the computer's USB driver, and install prior to making any connection between the computer and the Handycam. Install a webcam program, or make certain that the program installed on the system is up-to-date with all current patches installed.
Plug one end of the USB cable into the Handycam. If you do not know the location of the USB port in your model of Handycam, check the user's manual. Plug the other end of the USB cable into the computer's USB port.
Turn on the camera's power by selecting the Camera or Tape mode using the Power dial. This allows access to the camcorder's touch screen. Select P-Menu on the touch screen, then select the Menu option. Scroll to Standard Set using the up and down arrows on the screen, then press the OK button. Scroll to USB Camera, and press OK. Finally, select the Stream option in the menu to complete the camera set up.
Power-up the computer, and wait for the operating system to recognize the Handycam. Start the webcam software, and use the set-up menu provided to select the Handycam as the operative webcam and to set color and contrast levels. The Handycam is now ready to be used as a webcam.
Make a spy camera by hiding a small camera or camera-equipped mobile phone inside an inconspicuous household object or by modifying a webcam to fit in one. Control wireless webcams and mobile phones remotely by connecting them to a Web server that can communicate between the controller and camera via a website interface or mobile application.Full Answer >
Invite others to see your webcam live by initiating a video chat through a program such as Google Hangouts, Skype or FaceTime. Each program requires you to invite other people from your contacts list or by directly typing in their usernames on the service.Full Answer >
Capture still images with a webcam using software such as AMCap or Picasa. You can also capture still images through web-based services, such as WebcamToy.com.Full Answer >
A live webcam feed can be set up by attaching a webcam to an Internet-connected device, such as a PC or laptop, and creating an account on a live streaming service such as Livestream or UStream. These services provide interfaces to customize and produce streams online through downloadable software.Full Answer >