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  Enabling DV-in on Sony Digital Camcorders 
  Jan 08, 2002, 07:30am EST 


By: Sander Sassen

Many camcorder manufacturers continue to misinform their customers of the inability of their Digital camcorders to record from external sources, such as the FireWire port. We‘ve shown you how to enable DVin again on Sony’s popular PC4/5 MiniDV camcorders, without the use of a $100 widget or the need to send it in to a dealer that’ll unlock it for $100. The parts we’ve listed that you’ll need to make the interface cable will cost you approximately $5 and the software is shareware and can be downloaded for free.

DV-in enabled

Fig 11. The DV-in indicator turns on the moment the camcorder is connected to a FireWire port of a PC.

Unfortunately we cannot cover every digital camcorder that’s being sold, we simply only have a few models we had to work with and those were Sony’s PC4/5s. However the majority of digital camcorders feature a LanC connection or a similar connection and thus should be able to have their registers modified and DV-in enabled. However do take notice that you’ll void your warranty if you start modifying the camcorder’s registers, and when you do send it in for other repairs under warranty they’ll charge you for setting it back to factory defaults.

Other than that the firmware hack will save you from having to buy a separate $2500 MiniDV deck as we can now edit your footage on our PC and put it right back on tape and archive it. As to be honest, what is the use of owning a Digital camcorder and having to back up your footage to VHS tape, or worse store it on your PC where it’ll quickly fill up your harddisk.

Sander Sassen.

1. Introduction
2. LanC Interface Cable
3. Checking For Connectivity
4. Dumping Camcorder Firmware
5. Changing Register Values
6. Extra Features
7. Troubleshooting
8. Conclusion

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