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For the Acer Aspire 6540-5143, that's the camera utility that they have on that system. Try this if you just want to use a basic camera recorder. If you want extra features like special effects, animations, try Cyberlink's YouCam that you can get here.
Open the "Start" menu and then select "Control Panel". A new window will pop up with two rows of icons. Click on the text on the side panel that says "Switch to Classic View." Double-click on the icon that says "Scanners and Cameras." A new window will pop up. Double-click the "Webcam" icon. You will see a live video stream from the camera. Once you have the subject you want in the frame, press the "Take Picture" button at the bottom of the window. The picture will be saved in your "Webcam" folder.
If you have a WEB camera you need to configure your video Webcam settings. Open Skype click on Tools - Options - Video Settings - select your Webcam model.
When you open Skype click on Tools - Options - Audio Settings and click on Microphone and select the microphone you are using and save the setting. If you still have problems with your mic. then - To test if the microphone is working, go to Start - Programs - Accessories - Entertainment - Sound Recorder and record you voice. Can you see your voice recording, the green line should vary as you speek. If you see a flat green line, then the microphone is either faulty or the wrong microphone is selected.
Vista does not include any way to test the camera. You may have QuickPlay in the Programs list - this will test the camera.
You can use MSN messenger and establish a video link or load Skype.
Willing WebCam Lite from www.willingsoftware.com if you want to test it.
Import video is only when you have recorded a video using the webcam in a particular format and not on the fly which is what you are trying to do.
Record what you want using another application and the webcam then import the video into movie maker to edit.
Alternatively, I think you need to to go the options screen and select the default audio device. Go to control pannels and see if its there and then select the webcam as the default device for MS applications.