Question about Genius Look 1320 Web Cam
Installed new driver from companies website (which has W7 not in the list). Can't get camera to work. it worked fine on XP
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Hi, this is a simple page intended to give you an idea of what is involved in setting up a web cam. It is not a comprehensive instructional manual covering exact procedures, cameras, or software programs. You will have to do some research on your own, and when you select your equipment and software, you need to become familiar with them
Software and Drivers
Once you have your camera, you then have a choice to make; whether to install the software and drivers that come with the camera or not. A driver is a special piece of software that allows your computer to communicate with the camera. Many of the newer cameras are UVC, (Universal Video Class) compatible. This means the camera can use standard drivers which are built-in to your operating system (Windows, Mac OS, Linix) and you don't have to install the drivers that come with the camera. However, some features of the camera may not work without the drivers that come with it. Which features work, depends on the camera. For example, some of my auto focus cameras won't auto focus using the UVC driver, others will. Some cameras have various resolutions that arn't available without installing the drivers that come with it.
The reason I bring this up is because much of the software that comes with some cameras will use a great deal of your computer's processing power. If your computer is already slow, this can make your poor machine even slower. Much of the software included with most cameras contain things that many people never use, such as turning your face into a talking flower or animal, or special services unique to that camera or manufacturer. Having the camera put a gas mask over my face may be fun for some, but will you actually use it? If you are going to use a service (discussed further down the page) and the camera is UVC, then you have the option of not installing the extra software. Check the box or my review pages to see if your camera is UVC. If it is, then try the camera without the software first. If you decide you want the extra features later, you can install the software then. I generally recommend that you don't install any software that you arn't going to use. Every time you install software, your computer is altered by the installation process and removing the software doesn't always set your system back the way it was.
If you decide to install the camera software, or are required to because the camera is not UVC, then make sure you READ the instructions first. Some require that you install the software first, others require the camera to be plugged in first. If you do it in the wrong order, you may not be able to get the camera working at all.
Step 2 Choose a delivery system
How are your images going to get to your viewers? There are basically 3 choices. Scroll further down the page to see the details on each of the following options.
1. Use a web cam service such as Yahoo, AOL or SKYPE or HeloWorld (pay service). This is the simplest system for the beginner. However, this method requires the other person to install the same service in order to see your camera and usually gives the poorest image quality. There are also a number of pay web cam services, but I don't have any experience with them so they won't be covered here.
2. FTP to your website. Use web cam software that uploads pictures to a website via FTP (File Transfer Protocol). This method is more complicated than #1 and you must have your own website which is FTP accessible. This may be the best method if you have a dial up connection, and expect to have more than one person watching at the same time, or your camera will be pointed out a window or at a scene that doesn't change much.
3. In house server. Use web cam software that uses your computer as a web or streaming media server. This is not recommended for the beginner because of security issues and complexity of setup. However, this method can usually deliver the best quality images and can offer a much faster image refresh rate than the FTP method, providing you have a high speed Internet connection.
Step 2 Option 1
Use a service
This is by far the simplist system for the beginner. If you already have an Instant Messenger program such as Yahoo, MSN or AOL, then all you need to do is setup your web cam and activate it inside your Messenger. Check either your Messenger program's help menu or their web site for detailed instructions.
This option works well, but usually gives the poorest picture quality and is reliant on your Messenger host keeping the service available and running smoothly. It also requires anyone who wants to see your camera to have the same service. If you don't have a chat (or IM 'Instant Messenger') program, download one and install it from your favorite service.
Step 2 Option 2
If you don't already have a web page, or don't know what FTP is about, this is not the best choice for you to start out with. It can get quite complicated initially. Once set up and running, this method works quite well and is easy to operate. However, this is the system that tends to give people the most trouble getting started, especially if you don't have any experience troubleshooting FTP problems. Check my FTP page for more on File Transfer Protocol.
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Posted on Nov 01, 2010
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