Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
Have you ever wondered how many frames per second yourwebcam is sending? Choppy video, with out-of-sync audio, is typicallydue to low fps. Anything less than 8-10 fps is going to be noticeable.Now there is a free service that allows anyone to test their webcam fps. You don't have to download anything and you don't even have to register for an account. The service is called mailVU.com, and here's how to use it to measure your webcam performance.
Open any browser (Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari, etc.) and go to http://mailVU.com. You will be prompted to allow access to your webcam. Select Allow.
You can now see yourself on the left side under LiveCamera. If you don't see yourself click on the drop down list ofcameras and select the one that works for you. On the Mac it istypically called USB Webcam.
Click the red Record buttonabove your image to start the recording session. After you click it thebutton will change to Stop and a notification will appear thatrecording is in process. When done click the red Stop button. To view your message simply click the green Play buttonabove your image. Your recording will now play in the right side windowwhile you still see yourself live in the left side Live Camera window.
Look under the Playback window and you will see your webcam fps performance!You can try this test as often as you like, from multiple locations,and with multiple webcams. Try it with different lighting and differentInternet connections (wired/wireless) to determine the best for yoursituation.
By using mailVU.com anyone can quickly and easily test their webcam fps performance. And asan added bonus it also tests your webcam video and audio quality. Ifyou like, you can also record and send free video mail right from thesite. Try it today for free!
Posted by Alan... on
Apr 27, 2012 | Sony Cameras
Jul 29, 2011 | Nikon Coolpix S4000 Digital Camera
Feb 04, 2011 | GE EasyCam Webcam
Jul 30, 2010 | Cameras
Feb 02, 2010 | Computers & Internet
2,488 people viewed this tip
Usually answered in minutes!