Digital video cameras, also known as DV cameras, are video cameras that allow you to upload your footage to your computer. Often times these cameras can double as Web cameras, so you can stream live video online. Skype, a video chatting program, doesn't have built-in DV camera support. However, there are several third-party companies that have developed software so you can use your DV camera for Skype video chatting. Now there is no need to buy a separate webcam to use Skype.
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Download SplitCam (see Resources). Stream live video to Skype using this free program. This program also can be used to stream to other video chat programs such as Yahoo! Instant Messenger and MSN Messenger. It gives you additional video options that Skype doesn't, such as video zoom and frame rate settings.
Use TrackerCam from Eagletron (see Resources). While you can use it to stream video from your DV camera to Skype, the free TrackerCam software gives you a number of other uses for your camera. You can even use it as a surveillance system, streaming live video and pictures straight to a cell phone or another computer. Although these other features are handy, if you simply want to video chat on Skype, you can do it using TrackerCam.
Buy WebCamDV (see Resources). This software is simply for using your DV camera as a webcam, whether you want to video chat on Skype or prerecord video for a webcast. You have some extra video options as well, such as night vision and autofocus.
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