webcam support?


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JethroUK

Does Windows Vista have any built-in webcam support?

Drivers?
Monitoring Software?

I have a webcam but i'm reluctant to install software that is not
essential - the software that came with it is too crappy but i can't find
any Microsoft webcam software in Windows Vista ( Premium) - i was a bit
suprised that Win Movie Maker doesn't support webcam input
 
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Steve Easton

Have you tried hooking up the web cam and then just see what Vista does about it?
 
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Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin]

Nope, that is the responsibility of the hardware developer to provide with
their product. Products such as Windows Live Messenger or Yahoo Messenger
include web cam support, but no drivers.
 
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Frank Slootweg

JethroUK said:
Does Windows Vista have any built-in webcam support?

Drivers?
Monitoring Software?

I have a webcam but i'm reluctant to install software that is not
essential - the software that came with it is too crappy but i can't find
any Microsoft webcam software in Windows Vista ( Premium) - i was a bit
suprised that Win Movie Maker doesn't support webcam input

I might be wrong, but I think you once mentioned you have Roxio
software. If so, that may have what you need. I have Roxio Creator Basic
v9. When you start that, under Home there's Applications. When you click
that, it lists "Media Import" under the "utilities". Media Import can
record from a webcam (assuming of course that the webcam *driver* is
already installed, mine just uses a Microsoft provided driver). If you
want, you can view the recorded video with WMP (or with Media Import
itself).

I hope this helps.
 
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Lester Stiefel

PsychGen said:
'Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin said:
;604301']Nope, that is the responsibility of the hardware developer to
provide with
their product. Products such as Windows Live Messenger or Yahoo
Messenger
include web cam support, but no drivers.
--
Andre
Blog: 'Teching It Easy: Windows Vista'
(http://adacosta.spaces.live.com)
My Vista Quickstart Guide:
'http://adacosta.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!E8E5CC039D51E3DB!9709.entry'
(http://tinyurl.com/638ur8)
JethroUK said:
Does Windows Vista have any built-in webcam support?

Drivers?
Monitoring Software?

I have a webcam but i'm reluctant to install software that is not
essential - the software that came with it is too crappy but i can't find
any Microsoft webcam software in Windows Vista ( Premium) - i was a bit
suprised that Win Movie Maker doesn't support webcam input

Kinda dumb for a 'new' OS that has everything but the kitchen sink. I
can plug a web cam in, Vista says 'Oh EZCAM III' and loads the driver.
Yet I cant do anything with the camera. Plug a microphone into the sound
card, open up sound recorder and record sounds to my delight, no drivers
nothing extra to make windows sound recorder 'more' compatible with my
sound card. So why did the engineers not think to add a way to capture
images from a web cam. How hard could it be? Seems like w95, w98 and XP
used a file called AMCap to provide a means of recording webcams. What
happened to it in Vista? Lets provide a multimedia experience but they
overlooked the webcam. Tsk tsk.
you might want to experiment with other third party video
recorder capture programs. Some disc burn software adds
the video editor in their suite. Check with the manufacturer
of the cam for custom drivers to enable use of video
editors/compositors with your cameras.
 
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Sinner

PsychGen said:
'Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin said:
;604301']Nope, that is the responsibility of the hardware developer to
provide with
their product. Products such as Windows Live Messenger or Yahoo
Messenger
include web cam support, but no drivers.
--
Andre
Blog: 'Teching It Easy: Windows Vista'
(http://adacosta.spaces.live.com)
My Vista Quickstart Guide:
'http://adacosta.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!E8E5CC039D51E3DB!9709.entry'
(http://tinyurl.com/638ur8)
JethroUK said:
Does Windows Vista have any built-in webcam support?

Drivers?
Monitoring Software?

I have a webcam but i'm reluctant to install software that is not
essential - the software that came with it is too crappy but i can't find
any Microsoft webcam software in Windows Vista ( Premium) - i was a bit
suprised that Win Movie Maker doesn't support webcam input

Kinda dumb for a 'new' OS that has everything but the kitchen sink. I
can plug a web cam in, Vista says 'Oh EZCAM III' and loads the driver.
Yet I cant do anything with the camera. Plug a microphone into the sound
card, open up sound recorder and record sounds to my delight, no drivers
nothing extra to make windows sound recorder 'more' compatible with my
sound card. So why did the engineers not think to add a way to capture
images from a web cam. How hard could it be? Seems like w95, w98 and XP
used a file called AMCap to provide a means of recording webcams. What
happened to it in Vista? Lets provide a multimedia experience but they
overlooked the webcam. Tsk tsk.

Doesn't MovieMaker accept input from a webcam?
 
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Colin Barnhorst

PsychGen said:
For whatever reasons, Vista must not want to record from web cams. Even
loading the Ezonics software that came with the cam, I can get a display
picture, I can take still frames with the camera, when I try to record,
I get a message saying I don't have a recording device.

Where are you telling the software to record the video?
 

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