webcam

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by kev59, Dec 11, 2003.

  1. kev59

    kev59 OSNN Senior Addict

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    I ught a trust 380 usb webcam which is suppose to be a good one but the images are grainy and seem to lack colour any ideas
     
  2. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    What app are you using to obtain images? resolution? Compression? Video format?

    Web-cam images were never intended to be great, and unless you pay £70+ for your cam, they'll always be a bit grainy. Also most cams need a LOT of light to work in, low light (even that of a bulb/lamp lit room isnt enough for some cams) the image quality will be poor.
     
  3. kev59

    kev59 OSNN Senior Addict

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    i am only a novice so can you explain more
     
  4. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    OK :)

    Start with, What application are you using to obtain the image from the web-cam ? .. this shouldn't matter as such, as applications don't really affect the image quality, but different apps will use different settings.
     
  5. kev59

    kev59 OSNN Senior Addict

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    using it threw msn messenger
     
  6. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    That would probably be why then. MSN uses a heavily compressed image at a small resolution to save bandwidth.
     
  7. Taggert_LOA

    Taggert_LOA Modding Addict Political User

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    if you want good picture quality then you need to use a camcorder either Hi8 or Mini DV the give excellent quality.
     
  8. kev59

    kev59 OSNN Senior Addict

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    also teveo vidio suite
     
  9. kev59

    kev59 OSNN Senior Addict

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    sorry and its the same
     
  10. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Is there plenty of light? webcams don't work well in dark places. My old cam never used to work in anything but daylight.