Macally Portable USB Video Web Camera User manual

User Manual
Contents
What’s in the box? ........................................................................................................ 3
Introduction .................................................................................................................. 4
Specifications ................................................................................................................ 5
Getting Started .............................................................................................................. 7
System requirements .............................................................................................. 7
Physical set-up ........................................................................................................ 7
Installing the drivers ................................................................................................ 8
PC: instructions for installation of AMCAP driver: ............................................ 8
MAC: instructions for installation of webcam monitor driver ......................... 10
Functionality................................................................................................................ 14
AmCap (PC) ........................................................................................................... 14
Special effects ................................................................................................. 14
Capturing images and videos .......................................................................... 14
Webcam Monitor (Mac) ........................................................................................ 17
Changing the settings ...................................................................................... 17
Capturing still images and videos .................................................................... 17
The video will now begin recording and can be stopped at the users prompt. 18
Special effects ................................................................................................. 18
Chat Programs ............................................................................................................. 19
PC: ......................................................................................................................... 19
MSN/Windows Live Messenger ....................................................................... 19
Skype ............................................................................................................... 21
Yahoo Messenger ............................................................................................ 23
MAC: ..................................................................................................................... 25
Skype ............................................................................................................... 25
iChat ................................................................................................................ 26
Troubleshooting/FAQs ................................................................................................ 27
Cleaning and Handling ................................................................................................. 29
Warranty Information ................................................................................................. 29
Contact Details/More Information .................................. Error! Bookmark not defined.
Contents
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What’s in the box?
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Credential Cam with USB cord (1)
Notebook/Mac book clip (2)
Desktop stand (3)
LCD/iMac clip (4)
Cord wrap (5)
Lens protective pouch/lens cleaner, Webcam carry pouch (6)
Driver/software CD (7)
User manual (8)
What’s in the box 3
Introduction
Congratulations on purchasing the Credential Cam. The Credential Cam is a true piece
of revolutionary technology. It is compatible with both PC and Mac operating systems.
Its 5 layer glass, true Full HD 2.0 megapixel lens provides some of the sharpest pictures
around. The Credential Cam also includes a host of other features including bright light
auto exposure, internal microphone, 3 different stands, a protective lens cover and
carry case, and a software suite with an amazing range of features. Manufactured to
the highest standards, the Credential Cam is backed by a 2-year warranty, so you can
be confident that you have made the right choice.
The Credential Cam has a number of upgrade features from its earlier editions. Its new
sensor is able to achieve some of the greatest picture clarity on the market, and an
upgraded built-in microphone that runs solely through the USB cord will ensure you
will sound crystal clear every time. A range of new features and additions to the
accessory list have also been included to help you get the most out of your new
Credential Cam.
The Credential Cam can be used for a number of different purposes, which will be run
through in this manual including, but not limited to:
Video email/capture, editing, and special effects using the webcam
monitor/AmCap applications;
Video conferencing with MSN, Skype, Yahoo messenger, iChat, and many
others; and
Snapshot images up to an incredible full HD 2MP resolution or 8MP
interpolated resolution.
The following manual will provide you with a step-by-step procedure for setting up
and using your webcam. We hope this helps you on your way to having an enjoyable
experience with your Credential Cam.
Introduction 4
Specifications
Compatibility
PC and Mac
Min Operating
System
Windows® XP, Vista, 7
Mac OSC 10.4.3 or higher, G3, G4, G5 and Intel Macs
Video Capture
Full HD 2MP. Up to 5MP by interpolation
Still Capture Image
Full HD 2MP. Up to 8MP by interpolation
Lens
5 Layer glass 2.0 MP resolution
UVC
Plug and play for Windows XP SP2 and Vista, Mac OSX 10.4.3
or greater, and iChat 10.4.9 or later
Casing
Webcam Software
Compatibility
Driver Software
Connections
Focus Adjustment
Digital Zoom
Continuous Speed
Shooting
Cables
German quality steel casing
Works with iChat, MSN, Yahoo, Skype, AOL, and all other
major chat programs
Plug and play webcam with additional Mac and PC drivers and
utilities and webcam software
1 x USB 2.0 connection
Manual focus and auto exposure with bright light technology
4 with compatible driver
30 frames per second
1 x USB cable: 5”8 in/175 cm
Specifications 5
Video Input
Motion sensor software, automatic face tracking technology
software compatible with driver.
Peripheral Devices
CD-ROM, Graphics card
Image Focus Length
5cm – infinity
Brightness/Contrast
Automatic color compensation and brightness adjustment
Dynamic Range
Greater than 72 db
Warranty
12 month warranty
Specifications 6
Getting Started
System requirements
PC
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Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
Pentium III 300 (Pentium III 500 recommended), Celeron, AMD Athlon
processor
512 MB RAM (or minimum OS requirement, whichever is higher)
200 MB free hard drive space
1 available USB port
CD-ROM drive
16-bit color display adaptor
MAC
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OSX 10.4.3 or higher, G3, G4, G5, and Intel Macs
500 MHz processor
512 MB RAM
200 MB free hard drive space
1 available USB port
Physical set-up
Your package includes a number of different stands to suit your preference. Simply
screw the stand into the bottom of the webcam and position accordingly.
LCD/iMac Clip
Macbook/Notebook
Clip
Desktop Stand
Getting Started 7
Installing the drivers
PC: instructions for installation of AMCAP driver
The AMCAP driver allows the user to utilize a great number of features, such as
facetracking, zoom, video recording, image capture, image manipulation, and more
i.
Plug the Credential Cam webcam into a USB port (not through a USB hub) and
set position. (See page 7 for options.) The Webcam should install automatically
with notification appearing in the bottom right hand corner of your screen
notifying you that the device is ready to use.
ii.
Insert CD. The installer should load automatically. If not, select the CD-drive
from the My Computer menu. Then open the PC Driver folder on the CD and
select the Credential Cam PC Driver.EXE file.
iii.
Follow instructions on the Installation Wizard to install the AMCAP driver.
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iv.
After installation is complete, click Finish and restart your computer.
v.
Open AMCAP through the desktop shortcut or the Windows Start Bar – look for
AMCap under the VIMICRO USB 2.0 UVC Camera folder.
vi.
If the Credential Cam is not automatically selected, do so in the Devices menu.
Select Venus USB 2.0 Camera. Be sure to also select Microphone (Venus USB
2.0 Camera).
If the picture does not appear, select Preview in the Options menu.
vii.
To manually adjust the focus, turn the focus ring at the front of the webcam.
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MAC: instructions for installation of webcam monitor
driver
The Credential Cam is plug-and-play for all Mac users. No driver is required; however,
for added functionality you may install the included Webcam Monitor driver.
i.
Plug the Credential Cam webcam into a USB port (not through a USB hub) and
set position.
ii.
Place the Credential Cam CD into your CD drive.
iii.
Open the CD folder and click on Credential Cam Driver Installer.mpkg.
iv.
The installation screen will appear. Follow the onscreen instructions.
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v.
Open the application folder on your hard drive and click Webcam Monitor
(typically under Applications). This will open the webcam image.
vi.
To alter the video and audio settings go to the Monitor menu. Here you will find
the video and sound settings as well as the image size controls and recording
options.
vii.
To select the Credential Cam webcam click Video Settings > Source and select
Venus USB2.0 Camera.
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viii.
To adjust image quality/speed of frames, select the Compression tab and adjust
accordingly. A higher image quality will reduce the video speed and vice versa.
ix.
To setup the microphone, select Monitor > Sound Settings. Under the Source
tab, select Venus USB 2.0 Camera. When you tap or talk into the microphone,
the level bars should rise and fall.
From this menu, you can also adjust gain and volume, by shifting the bars across
to your desired level.
To switch between mono and stereo modes, select Sample and adjust accordingly.
To adjust compression settings, select the Compression tab and adjust accordingly.
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x.
To manually adjust the focus, turn the focus ring at the front of the webcam.
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Functionality
AmCap (PC)
AMCap can perform a range of functions. You may first want to get the basic settings
sorted.
Changing the settings
To adjust the video settings, such as contrast and brightness, click on Video Capture
Filter under the Options menu. Select the Video Proc Amp tab.
Click Apply once the desired changes have been made.
Special effects
While in the Preferences menu, you can also select a range of other functions, such as
face tracking, face effects, zoom, flip, and others
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Use the Feature tab to choose from a range of screen effects
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Use the Face Effects tab to choose from a range of novelty face effects
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Use the Camera Control tab to modify exposure levels
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Use the Face Tracking tab to utilize the zoom and face tracking features.
Capturing images and videos
To capture a still image, use the Get Image application that appears in the program
bar in the bottom right hand corner of your screen. Right click it and then select your
desired image size.
Functionality:PC 14
Get Image icon used to capture
still images.
After the image appears on your screen, you can save by clicking File > Save. Please
note that in order for this to function correctly, you will have to select RGB Format in
the Color Space box in the Preferences menu. To do this, click on Video Capture Pin
under the Options menu and then change accordingly if it has not defaulted to this
option.
To record video, first select a file path for which you want the file to be saved under.
To do this, click on File > Set Capture File and save accordingly.
You can then select the desired output size by clicking on Options > Video Capture
Pin. Click on the Output Size Dropdown menu to select the appropriate size. Note that
the majority of special effects will not work on resolutions greater than 640 X 480 and
that increasing the output size and frame rate will increase the file size.
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To start recording, click on Start Capture under the Capture menu.
To stop recording (if a time limit has not been set or if you want to finish recording
early) click on Stop Capture, under the Capture menu.
To find the video file you just recorded, go the folder that you chose the video file to
be saved and the video file will be there in .avi format.
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Webcam Monitor (Mac)
Changing the settings
To adjust settings, such as saturation, brightness, and contrast, select Monitor > Video
Settings > Adjustments.
Capturing still images and videos
The Camgrabber application is included in the software bundle. This can be used to
capture still images.
To record videos in webcam monitor, click Monitor > Record Without Hogging
Machine (or Record Until MouseClick).
You will now be prompted to select the file path and file name of the video you wish
to record.
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The video will now begin recording and can be stopped at the user’s prompt.
The video will now be saved at the selected location with an image.
Special effects
To utilize a range of special effects, we recommend you use the Camtwist application
that is included in the software bundle. Please note that this will not install
automatically. You will need to select the application in the installation process.
Once installed:
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Open Camtwist.
Select Webcam.
Under the Tools Menu, select Preview.
Open Webcam Monitor Mac driver.
Select Monitor.
Select Video Settings.
Select Source.
Select Camtwist.
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Chat Programs
The Credential Cam is compatible with all major chat programs. Find instructions on
how to get started with some of these programs below.
PC:
MSN/Windows Live Messenger
1.
Log in to the chat program, ensuring that any other programs using the webcam
are closed.
2.
Select Audio and Video Setup
from the Tools menu.
3.
From the Microphone menu,
select Microphone (Venus USB
2.0 Camera). You can test the
volume here. The green volume
bar should rise and fall when
you talk. Click Next to proceed
to the next step.
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4.
Select Credential Cam from the
Webcam dropdown menu
(Venus USB 2.0 Webcam).
The picture should preview in the
square below it. Click Webcam Settings
to adjust the picture settings, such as
brightness and exposure. Otherwise,
click Finish.
5.
To use the webcam, select
Actions > Video > Show my
Webcam.
Your Credential Cam webcam is now ready to be used with MSN/Windows Live
Messenger!
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Skype
1.
Log in to Skype.
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Select Options from the
Tools menu.
Select Video Settings >
Venus USB 2.0 Camera
from the webcam
dropdown list. Select
Preview. Ensure Enable
Skype Video is selected.
4.
Just below the Webcam Selection box, click Webcam Settings to adjust
brightness, contrast, etc.
5.
Still in the Options box, select Audio Settings. Choose Microphone (Venus USB
2.0 Camera) from the Microphones menu.
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To test the microphone, click Save, close the Options box, and re-open it to the same
menu. The audio bar under the Microphone Selection box should rise and fall as you
speak.
6.
Save any modifications
Your Credential Cam webcam is now ready to be used with Skype!
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Yahoo Messenger
1.
Sign in to Yahoo Messenger.
2.
Select My Webcam from
the Messenger menu.
3.
In the My Webcam window, select Preferences under the File menu. Then
select Camera Source.
4.
Click the arrow on the dropdown menu and select Venus USB 2.0 Camera. Click
Ok. Back in the Preferences box, there is a Camera Settings box next to the
Camera Source button shown in step 3 above. Use this to adjust the camera
settings such as brightness, sharpness, etc and then click Apply.
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5.
In the Preferences box, select Calling & Devices in the Category menu on the
left hand side. Under the Microphone menu, select Microphone (Venus USB 2.0
Camera). Click Apply.
6.
To test audio, select Open the Call Setup Assistant under the dropdown menus.
Click Next. Talk into the microphone. The volume bar should rise and fall and a
confirmation message will appear at the bottom as shown below. Click Next to
test the speakers, and then click Finish.
Your Credential Cam webcam is now ready to be used with Yahoo Messenger!
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MAC:
Skype
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Open Skype and log in.
Select Skype > Preferences.
3.
In the Preferences menu,
select Video. From the
Camera dropdown menu,
select Venus USB 2.0
Camera.
4.
To set up the microphone, select the Audio tab > Venus USB 2.0 Camera from
the Audio Input dropdown menu.
Your Credential Cam webcam is now ready to be used with Skype!
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iChat
The V4 is plug and play with iChat AV.
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Open iChat and log in.
To setup the Credential Cam, select Preferences under the iChat menu.
3.
Under the Audio/Video
tab, select Venus USB
2.0 Camera from both
the Camera and
Microphone dropdown
menus.
Your Credential Cam webcam is now
ready to be used with iChat!
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Troubleshooting/FAQS
My operating system is lower than OSX 10.4.3. Can I still use the Credential Cam
webcam?
If you at least have OSX version 10.4 (Tiger), but less than OSX 10.4.3, you can get a
free update by following the instructions here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1338.
I only get a blank screen in Webcam Monitor/Amcap.
If you have a Mac, please refer to page 10 of this manual. If you have a PC, please
refer to page 8 of this manual.
My PC/Mac is not picking up the Webcam.
Ensure that the driver is installed and that your system specifications match those
required in page 5 of this manual.
My picture is blurry/out of focus. How do I fix this?
You will find that the Credential Cam does not automatically focus. To get your desired
clarity, turn the manual focus ring at the front of the webcam.
How do I adjust basic settings such as brightness and sharpness?
Generally, each piece of software that the Credential Cam can be used with will have a
webcam settings option. If you are using Webcam Monitor/Amcap, please refer to
page 14 of this manual. If you are using a chat program such as MSN Messenger, refer
to the Chat Programs section of this manual on page 18.
I can’t get my Credential Cam webcam setup on Skype.
To use Skype you will need to ensure that the webcam is not in use by another
program. Close other programs using the webcam first and then refer to page 21 of
this manual (PC users) or page 25 (Mac users) for setup instructions.
I can’t get the microphone to work when chatting.
Refer to the setup options on page 19 of this manual. We recommend that you first
check whether the volume bars rise and fall when you talk. This means the
microphone is working. If it does not register, ensure that you have selected Venus
USB 2.0 Webcam from the Audio/Microphone selection box.
Is the Credential Cam compatible with iMovie?
Unfortunately, as the Credential Cam is a UVC webcam, it is not compatible with
iMovie.
Is the Credential Cam compatible with iChat?
The Credential Cam is plug-and-play with iChat AV.
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How do I use special effects while using a chat program?
Easy! For Mac users, Camtwist is included in the software bundle on the CD. You can
utilize a range of special effects while chatting. Refer to page 18 of this manual for
further instructions.
Is the webcam compatible with Mac minis?
Absolutely! You will just need to make sure that you have the minimum system
requirements.
What size is the webcam?
Approximately 78mm x 30mm.
What warranty does the Credential Cam come with?
The Credential Cam comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty. Please refer to
page 29 of this manual for more information.
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Cleaning and Handling
To clean the outside of the Credential Cam and its components, use a soft, lint-free
cloth that has been slightly dampened. Ensure the Credential Cam and the
components are unplugged and that you avoid getting any moisture in any of the
openings. Refrain from using aerosol sprays, abrasives, alcohol, or anything of that
nature.
When transporting the webcam, we recommend using the carry pouch and box
provided as a means of protecting the webcam.
We strongly recommend that you do not attempt repairs or disassembling, as it
presents a hazard to your safety and may void the warranty.
Warranty Information
Limited Warranty: Credential Cam declares that any hardware product accompanying
this document is free from any significant defects in material and workmanship for a
period of one (1) year from the date of purchase. This warranty is limited to the
original purchaser and is not transferrable. This Warranty gives you specific rights
under the relevant law.
Warranty Claims: Our liability and your remedy for any breach in the aforementioned
warranty shall be, at our discretion, to repair and replace the hardware or to refund
the price paid, minus any shipping costs involved in returning the product back to
Credential Cam. This is subject to the product being returned to a place, as Credential
Cam directs, with a copy of the sales receipt or invoice. Any replaced hardware will be
warranted for the remainder of the original warranty period or thirty (30) days,
whichever is longer. Such remedies will be void if failure of the hardware is a result of
misuse, abuse, accident, or unauthorised modification or disassembly. Upon request
by Credential Cam, you must provide proof of the original purchase of the hardware
by a dated invoice or receipt.
Customer Support: Before submitting a warranty claim, please ensure that you have
followed the installation and set-up instructions carefully. We recommend that any
issues you may have with the webcam first be bought to our support team, who may
be able to rectify the problem.
Other Information 29
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