Need app that can display TV audio/video via USB

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by M.L., Mar 30, 2005.

  1. M.L.

    M.L. Guest

    Hi. I need an app that will allow me to display a VCR output picture
    (connected from my VCR to my Sony TRV428 camcorder) onto my laptop via
    USB. So far all the capture apps I've tried have come up short. The
    problem is that none of them except the USB Streaming Tool (that came
    with the camcorder) will play any audio when the USB Audio Device is
    selected. For now I'm using the audio from my stereo system, but I'd
    like to control it from the computer. I'd also like the app to have a
    brightness control.

    The following are the ones I've tried, and their shortcomings:

    USB Streaming Tool:
    Sound from USB Audio Device - Yes (the only device with sound output)
    Brightness/Contrast Control - Yes/No
    Resizable Screen - No
    Compact Display - No

    DV 4500:
    Sound from USB Audio Device - No
    Brightness/Contrast Control - No/No
    Resizable Screen - No
    Compact Display - No

    Sound from USB Audio Device - No
    Brightness/Contrast Control - No/No
    Resizable Screen - Yes (but the picture looks horrible when enlarged)
    Compact Display - Yes

    Sound from USB Audio Device - No
    Brightness/Contrast Control - No/No
    Resizable Screen - Yes
    Compact Display - Yes

    Is there any freeware USB or firewire A/V display app that can do
    better than these? Thanks.
    M.L., Mar 30, 2005
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  2. "M.L." wrote ...
    Why USB? Most cameras (quite likely including your Sony TRV428)
    do only low-res, low-rate (and likely no-sound) "web-cam" video via
    USB. Most devices use Firewire (IEEE 1394, Sony calls it "i-Link")
    to do "normal" video.
    Richard Crowley, Mar 31, 2005
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  3. M.L.

    C.J.Patten Guest

    Oddly, the '428 is a relatively recent camera that's Hi-8, not digital-8. No
    firewire. 8O

    Note to the original poster: what HARDWARE are you using to get the video
    into your computer? (since it's not firewire...)

    C.J.Patten, Mar 31, 2005
  4. M.L.

    M.L. Guest

    Thanks for your reply. I don't have my camcorder with me right now but
    I must have misnamed it because it definitely has firewire and is
    digital8. Perhaps it is the 468 model. I'll check it later.

    In any case, I'm not trying to do a firewire capture, I'd just like an
    app that would allow me to watch TV on my laptop via the camcorder's
    usb or firewire port.
    M.L., Apr 1, 2005
  5. I'm trying to picture this setup. The cable box composite outputs are hooked
    to a long composite video cable, which is in turn stretched out along the
    floor to the analog inputs of the camcorder, which in turn is hooked into
    the firewire or USB - so the user can watch television on his laptop?

    Wouldn't LCD or regular TV with cable outlet near where laptop is being
    used be more efficient? Oh well, whatever blows your dress up!

    Try this
    Digital Video Solutions, Apr 1, 2005
  6. M.L.

    M.L. Guest

    There is no cable TV involved, just rabbit ears antenna. I'm
    experimenting with getting TV on my laptop where cable doesn't exist,
    using the following equipment:

    antenna->VCR->camcorder->software streaming app->Laptop

    The camcorder is Sony TRV460 Digital8 with analog-to-digital
    Regular TV set not allowed for this experiment :) The hardware works
    fine, and the TV picture looks good too (for an antenna source). I'm
    just looking for better USB or Firewire display software that uses
    audio from the camcorder. All except one of the streaming apps
    mentioned above ignore the USB Audio Device input and apparently
    expect me to use a line-in to my sound card. However, my laptop does
    not have an audio-in port except for the microphone. I'd also like the
    display software to allow me to adjust display size and brightness, at
    the least.
    I'll check it out. Thanks.
    M.L., Apr 5, 2005
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