OK, bear with me.
I have a sharp vlwd255u that I purchased from the US of A some years ago. Recently I've been filming motorbikes and the other day I purchased a budget 420 line headcam from dogcam, confident that the camcorder manual said I could record from an external source and that it had the right inputs and outputs (s-video and 3 phono).
The headcam works, I plugged it into the AV sockets of my TV and I get a great picture (and sound) using the phono cables supplied.
The camcorder sends to an external source - I can display my miniDV recordings on the TV. It also receives signals from an external source - I have a portable DVD player (Toshiba, also purchased in the US) with which I can send the image to the camcorder using a s-video cable. So the principle is there.
However, this is where it falls down. I cannot receive the headcam signal on the camcorder using phono. I've also tried sending other phono signals to the camcorder - my Wii and PS2 for example. I have also been unable to test receiving other s-video signals because I've run out of cable options (so the only s-video I've tried is the DVD player).
I'm left wondering a few things:
I feel like I am almost there - headcam on the TV, and DVD on the camcorder. Now just to get the headcam on the camcorder...
- Does the camcorder only accept s-video externally (despite saying otherwise in the manual)?
- Does it only accept NTSC signals?
- Can I convert the headcam phonos to send s-video (I've got an adapter on the way to try this)?
- Is there some issue with "in line" recording? In other words, it will accept a playback source, but not another camera signal. My camcorder is not on this list (hardly exhaustive) and the manual suggests external source is entirely possible.
Any insights would be gratefully received.
And, hello! Since this is my first post.
PS, if you're after a headcam, the 420 I picked up has a sweet picture - I can't see why you'd want any better unless it was for professional filming (especially after you take a vibrating crotch rocket as the platform into account).