Windows 7 and Making Sony DV camera work as Webcam for Skype
Sunday, February 14, 2010 9:39:50 AM
I've been using my aging Sony DV camera for family videos and as a webcam for Skype since 6 or 7 years ago. It worked fine with XP and I hopped over Vista.
After recently upgrading to Windows 7 64 bit, the dv camera stopped working and the best it could produce was blocky video. The solution to this problem turned out to be non-obvious. So here it is, recorded for posterity.
The camera is a DCR-PC350E from Sony and is connected via a firewire (1394) cable to a generic firewire PCI card that I got for my computer years ago. This solution or a variant of it, may do the trick for you. Windows 7 detects this card automatically and installed a driver called:
NEC 1394 OHCI Compliant Host Driver
This turned out to be the culprit. The solution was to:
- Open "Device Manager"
- Right click on the "NEC 1394 Compliant Host Driver"
- Choose "Driver", then "Update Driver"
- Choose "Browse my computer for driver software"
- Select "Let me pick from a list of drivers on my computer"
- Select "1394 OHCI Compliant Controller (Legacy)"
- Confirm everything
The camera now shows up in Skype -> Options -> Video with nice and smooth, non-blocky video.