Using Skype Video

I used online video chat to talk to friends and family for the first time today. I know this has been possible for several years, but finally now most people I know have broadband access, and my whole immediate family uses Skype. So I set up my video camera, installed WebCamDV, and chatted with my brother Joel, my parents, and my friends Dan & Heather.

Here’s what they saw:

Matthew WebCam

A month or two ago, I had tried to use my video camera (Panasonic PV-GS35) as a webcam, but couldn’t get the software working correctly. Supposedly there’s free software from the Panasonic web site that lets you use your camera as a USB webcam. Back then, I had seen WebCamDV, but didn’t want to pay for it (it’s free to try, $20 to buy). But my brother Joel called me on Skype tonight, and he was using the trial version with his camcorder, and it seemed to work really well, so I decided to try it, then I paid for the full version. The advantage of using this software is that it gets the signal from the camera through the FireWire port, so it’s a much better quality than if you use the USB port.

It works well. And part of the reason I bought it is because of the recommendation on their web site from Tom’s Hardware. I’ve been reading that web site for a number of years, and they have great hardware reviews.

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    Saw your post on Skype/WebCamDV and wonder if you had any problems with the audio?
    I’ve got a Panasonic GS150 and Skype. The video plays fine but there is no audio.
    Any clue what I might be doing wrong?

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