HDMI

Can I use my camcorder as a webcam?

Episode 1003

Rick from New Jersey

Rick has a Panasonic camcorder and would like to use it as a high quality webcam. Leo says that it depends on the camera. Most new ones are able to do it via HDMI. Some have live HDMI.

Rick needs is a live component or composite. It has to be able to pass the video stream out of the camera and into the PC. HDMI makes it easy. If it doesn't have that, then Leo says a capture card is likely needed. Also, camcorders will time out after a set time, so he'll have to turn that off in the settings or "pop" the cassette to keep it going. Firewire will work as it is always live.

Why can't I get DVDs to play correctly?

Episode 998

John from Newport Richey, FL

John bought a DVD player and the DVDs just aren't playing right. So he returned it and got another but he's having issues with that one as well. Leo says that if John is playing off the analog component cable, then it's likely he's dealing with copy protection and the TV isn't supporting the analog hole. Leo says to look on the back of the TV and choose the best quality connector. Ideally, HDMI is the way to go. Component will work as well, but he just needs the right cables.

Are there USB to HDMI converters for streaming video?

Episode 986

Ken from Simi Valley, CA

Ken was streaming video on an older laptop linked to his TV, and the TV gave up the ghost. His new TV has no VGA port. Is there a USB to HDMI converter? Leo says yes, it's an analog converter, but it works. The quality won't be as good and USB isn't all that fast for super high resolution. How can it do that if it's bypassing the video card? Leo says it's done with onboard software.

How do I connect the DISH Network Hopper?

Episode 967

Rich from Florence, MT

Rich just upgraded to DISH Network's Hopper, but is only getting a green screen by HDMI connection. Leo says that it could be a copy protection issue and recommends trying a different HDMI. It may also be that Rich's TV doesn't support HDCP, and the Hopper is HDCP compliant. Also, he should make sure he's plugging the cable into the proper port. The port or cable could be bad. Try the easy stuff first. Then contact DISH.

How can I connect a VCR to an HDTV?

Episode 959

Mark from Anaheim, CA

Mark recently upgraded to a Samsung 42" TV that he wants to connect to his old VCR. He's connected it, but it looks terrible. Leo says that's because the VCR is inferior in quality and it's a lot more obvious with an HDTV. There are VCRs that have built-in DVD recorders. They may have digital out options. Leo recommends Overstock.com, but the future isn't bright for finding one.

Scott Wilkinson, Home Theater HiFi

Episode 935

Scott Wilkinson went to see The Hobbit last night, not only in HFR, but also in Atmos. Sadly though, the projector crashed and he couldn't see it. Leo says that digital projectors are just computers and sometimes, they crash. The great irony is that it was a special screening of media by Dolby for the HFR and Atmos presentation. And the great irony is, that while there was a Dolby tech there to handle any Atmos issues, there was no projector tech.