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Adapt RCA cam cable to Firewire?

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by blackbird, Jul 24, 2005.

  1. blackbird

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    I just sent for:

    A Bullet Cam from http://www.smarthome.com/7574.html which has RCA cable

    Web Cam Monitor software from http://www.deskshare.com/wcm.aspx which requires a firewire connection

    And a Firewire card from Dell

    However I’m wondering now if they will be compatible. Can RCA cable from the cam be adapted to a Firewire connection? Or does that defeat the purpose of firewire.

    The cam accessories include: • RCA adapter, Male/male RCA cable, Male/male RCA to 6-pin coupler, RCA/BNC connector

    The Web Cam Monitor software is supposed to detect motion and then record it according to settings

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Roy Mallard

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    Do a search under 'Dazzle' and 'Keene' there are analogue video>dv convertors out there, expect to pay around £150-£200, don;t know much else about them, i.e. can they be left on all the time and be triggered by software activiation... anyway you can ask the sales guys that.
     
  3. MarkE19

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    As Roy has suggested, you will need to buy a converter as the bullet cam is analogue and firewire is a digital connection.
    A DV camcorder with AV-in enabled will be able to do the conversion, but many sold in the UK do not have this. Otherwise it is a converter as suggested at £150-£200, another popular make being the Canopus ADVC converters.
    If you just want basic CCTV use then you are probably going to be better off getting a USB webcam at around £20-£30 or an analogue to USB AV card, but then the software you have may not work as you say it requires a firewire input. Therefore a very cheap camcorder may be the best option.

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