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How To Hack A Video Camcorder

How To Hack A Video Camcorder

VideoJug user KipKay shows us how to hack a video camcorder. He shows VideoJug users how to take a one time use video camcorder, and learn to hack it so you can use it again and again, saving you money!

Step 1: Digital Camcorder Features

In this project, I'm going to show you how to take a one-time digital camcorder that you find in drugstores and camera stores, and hack it, so you can use it again and again. All for about $30.

On the bottom of the camcorder, you will find a little sticker that talks about processing and how it cannot be hooked up to a TV or a computer. Well, peel that little sticker off and what you will find inside is a connector that you use to download the videos at the store.

Step 2: Accessories

Then you will need to find a Palm series cable for the Palm M100. That is the connector we are going to use to plug into the camcorder.

Then you will also need a USB-cable that has the type B-female connector on the end and you are going to cut that connector off exposing four wires: a white, black green and red one.

Step 3: Hacking The Digital Camcorder

Then following this diagram you are going to solder the four wires onto the M100 connector. Starting at pin 1 is black, white, green and then pin 5 is red. Now you've made the cable that is going to plug into the camcorder and into the computer. You can also look on some auction sites and see if you can find the cable pre-made.

Now you need to find the firmware of the camcorder. This is done by holding the record and delete buttons down and powering up the camcorder. Take note of what the firmware is because you will need that.

Step 4: Searching For Software

Now you need to google for two pieces of software: Camcorderkit20 and Clear2Receive. Download these free programs and install them.

If you google the word camerahacking, you'll come to a site where you can get all the exact specific details about installing the software and making it work with the camcorder.

Step 5: Install Camcorder Functions

You can tweak the camcorders recording characteristics like resolution - bring it up to 640*480-, the frame rate, the time limits as well as a lot of other properties. Video turns out pretty good and what is also cool, you can change the splash screens.

Now you can shoot video, transfer it to your computer, delete video of the camcorder and shoot again and again and again. You just hacked the one-time use digital camcorder.