A webcam is a video camera that sends its video data to a computer in real time, as opposed to recording it first.

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How can I take a picture with my webcam in Windows 7?

I know it existed as sort of a folder in Windows Explorer in at least Windows XP, but I just can't seem to find it in Windows 7... How can I take a picture with my webcam in Windows 7 without using ...
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WebCam as a security camera

I am looking to mount a webcam to my laptop (which sits at home all day) to act as a security camera. I'd like to it to write the video to an external hard drive, which I can then review later. It ...
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Greenscreen (aka chroma key) effect with a webcam?

This is not the blue screen of death I am speaking of, but the process called bluescreening (also known as green screen, or Chroma Key). It removes a particular colored background from an image so ...
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Windows 7 Webcam recording software [closed]

I want to record a video on my webcam on Lenovo T61 powered by Windows 7 Professional. I've noticed it's working differently from Windows XP. Can anyone care to recommend a decent webcam software that ...
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Looking for a moderately priced home surveillance setup [closed]

I've got a need for a comprehensive home surveillance solution that meets the following criteria no monthly charges support for multiple cameras (preferably over ethernet or wifi) motion detection ...
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Take a webcam photo on login using Windows 7

How do I set up my webcam to capture an image on the sly each time my account (or any account) logs on? Is there some specific software that will do this? I have a Logitech QuickCam Fusion cam and ...
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Finding out which app is using the webcam

Yesterday I was working on my laptop. Suddenly I noticed that the indicator light of the webcam was on, despite the fact that I wasn't making a video call or using the webcam in any other way at the ...
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Intranet video-streaming

What's a good option for home-video-streaming? For example, somebody may use a laptop webcam to stream their baby's crib allowing them to monitor it from the main home PC. In this case, I wouldn't ...
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Windows 7 webcam not functioning with warning message “Camera is used by other application”

A friend of mine told me her webcam is not functioning during her Skype call session. Symptoms/tests: Running the Skype video test gives the warning "Camera is used by other application Searching ...
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how to close applications using webcam dell integrated webcam?

I am using Dell Latitude. I don't know from when the issue started. I am not able to use my integrated webcam. it is telling "Close any other video streaming application to start video.". I confirmed ...
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Can a normal camera with a USB connection be used as a webcam?

Is this possible natively on Windows or is there special software to do it? EDIT My goal is to stream a lecture from our hall over the internet, but we want the computer / camera to be in the back ...
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Software for recording motion from webcam (Windows) for free

There's a few questions out there but none of them seem to have answers which fit my needs. I need a webcam software which can record video when it detects motion, and a few seconds after the motion. ...
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Problems with webcam

My friend is using Windows 8.1, and he has a webcam. He says it is working very well even without installing drivers. Webcam is A4tech - PK-331F. I asked for this webcam for use. I plugged in the ...
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How to see webcam in Ubuntu?

I don't have any idea what IM client would I use in Ubuntu 9.10. And how do I access the webcam in the Acer Aspire laptop. Do I need any drivers for this one? I've tried to install XP on virtual box ...
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webcam problem with skype on linux

I am runing ubuntu 9.10 and the latest version of skype but I have problem with webcam. When I trie the webcam with cheese it works fine but when I try to use the web on skype , skype crashes. can any ...
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50 USB webcams in a single computer. Is that really possible?

Theoretically an USB HD webcam working at 15 FPS consume a bandwidth nearing 18MB/s - 1280 (width) x 960(height) x 3(RGB channels) x 15(FPS) - without compression. An USB 2.0 controller have a ...
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Building video incrementally from incoming jpeg images

Is it possible to append one jpeg frame (or a small number of frames) to a video while retaining good image quality and compression? I have a script that downloads a jpeg image from a webcam every 30 ...
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Getting Sony Vaio notebooks running properly under Linux

I have a Sony Vaio notebook (VGN-SR) which came with Windows Vista, which I un-installed and replaced with Ubuntu Linux 9.04. Under Windows I had the ability to adjust the screen brightness, volume, ...
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Skype - Unable to use Webcam

This question might already exist the answer to be frank, wasn't very helpful and the only answer was a response to a comment the author made. As far as I am concerned it's not a duplicate of this ...
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Webcam automatically takes picture when the computer wakes up

Is it possible to have the webcam take a picture if my computer is woken from sleep mode? I have seen that there are some programs with motion detection, but I would prefer a method that takes a ...
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Time-lapse software for Windows 7 [closed]

Timershot was an excellent part of the PowerToys for Windows XP collection. But alas, it doesn't appear to work on Windows 7, even when run in XP SP3 compatibility mode. Can anyone recommend a ...
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TvTuner as webcamera

I have decent TVTuner which can capture both analog signal & HDMI. I am able to connect my camera and see output of it in realtime in VirtualDub. I want to be able to use it in Skype and other ...
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Using Digital Still camera as webcam

I have an old Sony DSC P-200 camera. Can I use it as a webcam. If so, how?
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Recording from two Webcams simultaneously on one computer

I'm trying to set up a simple two-camera interview using two Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 cameras connected via USB to a single Windows Vista machine. The problem is, Logitech's camera software sees both ...
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More than 2 webcams on Windows

Well, for the project I envisioned I have MY software and want to attach 4 webcams to the PC. I dug deep down into development only to find out that... Windows won't work with more than 2 webcams?! ...
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Webcam as Ambient Light Sensor in Windows 7

Windows 7 introduces an Adaptive Brightness service that requires an Ambient Light Sensor doodad to work. Is there software that turns a webcam into a (periodic) ALS that is compatible with the ...
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How to access webcam from VirtualBox?

I have installed windows XP on Apple MacBook Pro using VirtualBox. Here I want to access webcam from installed windows XP using VirtualBox. Is it possible? If yes, How to do this?
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Simple Webcam Streaming Software

I'm looking for some really simple software to broadcast video from a webcam. PC is running Vista, web cam is a standard MS one. All I'd like to be able to do is access the output from the camera in ...
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Software for sharing a live webcam stream with audio

My friend is getting married in November and has asked me to look into setting a webcam feed with audio for the ceremony. Does anyone have any suggestions of some software they have used which has ...
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Using VLC to stream secondary monitor and webcam?

Is there anyway to stream the secondary monitor (extended monitor only) and also stream the correct webcam in my PC? Also , the stream should output it as a JPEG files or other standard image files at ...
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Free CCTV software using webcam running on Windows [closed]

My wife asked me to film our hamster when he's active at night. I've got a webcam and a pretty bright infrared LED already, the only thing missing is some software. There are plrenty of programs out ...
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Automatically disable integrated webcam when an external one is connected?

I use my laptop as a desktop quite often, about 75% of the time. As a desktop setup, it has a monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse and webcam connected externally—the latter three over USB. It is then ...
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Windows app to grab webcam snapshots?

I want to periodically capture an image from a webcam attached to a Windows PC, and upload it to a Linux server on the network (preferably FTP, could be SFTP or even Samba). The images have to be ...
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My VirtualBox virtual machine freezes, when I try to use the webcam

I'm using a hp ElteBook 8540w with Windows 7 x64 as host and a Windows 7 x64 virtual machine running inside. I added the webcam to to the usb filter: carefully terminated Skype ( 1 off the 4 ...
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Turn webcam into a CCTV? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: WebCam as a security camera. is that possible? Is there a software that can do that?