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Enabling DV-in

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Making Forum' started by sg4455, Jan 9, 2005.

  1. sg4455

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    Does anybody know whether Sony's HC18E camcorder can be hacked to enable DV-in functionality? This is my first dabble in the field digital video and never appreciated the benefit of having a camera with DV-in capabilities and hence naturally bought the cheaper version which doesnt do it.

    A have noticed (from the web) that a number of cameras on the market can be modified but I havent found anything for this particular camera. Any help would be much appreciated as my hard disk is now bursting at the seems and I need to transfer the footage back to the camera.
     
  2. MarkE19

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    If your camcorder is a new model then there is no way of enabling the DV-in function as it is hardware disabled.
    Earlier models were able to be enabled because they were normally only locked down in the firmware as without DV-in they were classed lower for tax reasons and could therefore be sold cheaper. But now the EU have said that if it is possible to enable the DV-in then it will be classed as being a VCR, that pays more tax, rather than as a camcorder which is charged less tax.

    :censored: EU tax laws!

    Mark.
     
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    I am new to digital camcorders as I have (or I should say had) a Video 8 camcorder for many years which recently died. I am planning on buying a Sony Digital 8 camcorder (TRV480) to playback/digitize the old Video 8 tapes and use the firewire link to a borrowed miniDV JVC camcorder to make backup copies on miniDV. This means using DV-in on the JVC. But by reading this and other threads, it seems DV-in are disabled on European camcorders. The manual of the JVC (printed in Germany) indicates that one can record digital signals using DV-in so it seems like it would work. But I wouldn't want to buy a new camcorder before knowing if my backup plan is ok. Is there a list of European model camcorders that have DV-in enabled?

    I guess if one cannot find a DV-in enabled camcorder, then the only choice is to make backups on DVD??? Any help or info is appreciated.

    Best regards,
    Mak
     
  4. Roy Mallard

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    Not quite, as in any market the cheapest cameras tend to have the lowest specification, and don't tend to have DV-in, if you go up the range a bit then DV-In starts to appear. There are loads of DV-In JVC camcorders kicking around, the problem is that new camcorders with DV-out only cannot be altered (some older cameras could).
     
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    you can by what they call a widget which allows dv-in if they still sell em
     
  6. MarkE19

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    They do still sell them, but they definately wont work on the latest models as the EU have said that if DV-in can be enabled then it counts as being enabled when the cam is sold! Therefore DV-in is now hardware disabled. See my previous post stating this.

    Mark.
     

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