HP WEBCAM HD 5210
USER’S GUIDE
Version 1.0.EN
Part number: 652060-001
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Table of Contents
Webcam Overview .................................................................................................................................1
Software Overview ..................................................................................................................................2
System Requirements................................................................................................................................2
Quality and Performance..........................................................................................................................3
Using the HP Webcam Control Center .......................................................................................................4
Starting a Video Chat ..............................................................................................................................5
Recording a Video...................................................................................................................................7
Taking a Picture.......................................................................................................................................8
Managing Videos and Pictures..................................................................................................................9
Uploading a Picture or a Video ...............................................................................................................10
Applying Effects to a Video or Picture ......................................................................................................11
Using Masques .....................................................................................................................................12
Using Fun Frame ...................................................................................................................................13
Editing a Video .....................................................................................................................................14
Advanced Editing ..................................................................................................................................14
Using Your Webcam as a Video Monitor .................................................................................................15
Adjusting Webcam Settings ....................................................................................................................16
Adjusting Additional Webcam Settings ....................................................................................................17
Troubleshooting.....................................................................................................................................18
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Webcam Overview
Congratulations on purchasing the HP Webcam HD 5210. Your webcam includes the
following features:
1 Snapshot button
5 Adjustable clip/stand
2 HP Instant Chat button
6 Product label
3 Video Record button
7 USB connector
4 Integrated microphone
Please refer to the product label for the HP product number and serial number. This is
useful information if you ever need to contact technical support.
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Software Overview
The CD that comes with your webcam includes the following software:
Webcam drivers. Enables your webcam to operate with optimum performance.
Video Chat Quick Launch. Helps you set up your chat application to communicate
with your webcam.
ArcSoft Magic-i™ Visual Effects. Enables you to apply special effects to your video
chats when used in conjunction with your instant messaging (IM) application.
ArcSoft WebCam Companion®. Enables you to record and edit videos, take
snapshots, use your webcam as a video monitor, and apply a variety of special effects
including masques and frames.
ArcSoft ShowBiz®. Enables you to edit your videos and combine them with other
video clips, transitions, and effects.
HP Webcam Control Center. Enables you to access all of your webcam functions from
a single location on your desktop.
The software on this CD is not available via web download. In North America and
Europe, a replacement CD can be ordered on the web at www.hp.com/support.
System Requirements
To use your webcam with the included software, your PC must meet the following minimum
system requirements:
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For 1920x1080 (1080p) preview, capture, edit, and playback in WebCam
Companion/Magic-i Visual Effects/ShowBiz
Windows® XP (SP2 or SP3), Windows Vista® (32-bit or 64-bit), or
Windows 7® (32-bit or 64-bit)
Intel® Core™ i5 750 2.66 GHz or equivalent AMD CPU
400 MB free hard drive space required for program installation
2 GB DDR RAM or above
VGA card with 64 MB or more
16-bit color display at 1024x768 with DirectX 3D support
DirectX 9.0 or above
USB 2.0 high speed
For 1280x720 (720p) preview, capture, edit, and playback in WebCam
Companion/Magic-i Visual Effects/ShowBiz
Windows XP (SP2 or SP3), Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit), or Windows 7
(32-bit or 64-bit)
Intel® Core™2 Quad 2.33 GHz or equivalent AMD CPU
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400 MB free hard drive space required for program installation
2 GB DDR RAM or above
VGA card with 64 MB or more
16-bit color display at 1024x768 with DirectX 3D support
DirectX 9.0 or above
USB 2.0 high speed
For 640x480 (VGA) preview, capture, edit, and playback in WebCam Companion/
Magic-i Visual Effects/ShowBiz
Windows XP (SP2 or SP3), Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit), or Windows 7
(32-bit or 64-bit)
Intel® Pentium® IV Hyper-Threading 3.0 GHz or equivalent AMD CPU
400 MB free hard drive space required for program installation
1 GB DDR RAM or above
16-bit color display at 1024x768 with DirectX 3D support
DirectX 9.0 or above
USB 2.0 high speed
Quality and Performance
Image quality and video performance are impacted by the following factors:
The amount of light on the subject
The webcam resolution setting
The performance of the PC
The bandwidth of the internet connection, especially for chat
If you are experiencing slow or choppy video or washed out color, try adding a small
lamp to the area that will not be visible in the frame. This will light the viewing area of the
webcam and help provide more lifelike video and more accurate color.
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Using the HP Webcam Control Center
All of the software utilities included with your HP Webcam can be accessed through the
HP Webcam Control Center. Simply double-click the icon on your desktop to open the
control center. From the Features tab, you can click an icon to select one of the following
features:
Start a Video Chat – allows you to add live video to popular instant messaging
applications
Record Video – allows you to record and share video
Take a Photo – allows you to capture and share still photos
Monitor – allows you to set the webcam to record video whenever the camera
detects motion or a face
Webcam Gallery – displays all photos and videos you have captured and allows
you to edit and share them
Webcam Settings – allows you to change settings in order to optimize the
webcam’s functionality
The Applications tab provides direct access to each of the ArcSoft applications. The
Help & Support tab links you to your User’s Guide, Online Support, and the HP online
store.
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Starting a Video Chat
You can add live video to the most
popular instant messaging (IM)
applications (ISP connection required):
AOL® Instant Messenger™ (AIM®)
Google Video Chat™
Skype™
Windows Live™ Messenger
Yahoo!® Messenger
If there is not a link to your preferred
chat application, you can either click
Browse to find the application’s .exe
file on your computer, or add the URL to
a web application and then click
Go to.
1 To start a video chat, do either of
the following:
Press the HP Instant Chat
button on your webcam.
Double-click the HP Webcam Control Center
desktop, and then click Video Chat
icon on the Windows
.
2 Select the instant messaging (IM) application you want to use.
3 If prompted, follow the on-screen instructions to install and set up the IM application.
4 Follow the video chat steps in the IM application’s documentation.
NOTE: The Video Chat Quick Launch utility appears only during initial setup. The
next time you press the HP Instant Chat button, the selected IM application will open
automatically.
To select a different IM application after initial setup, double-click the HP Webcam
Control Center
icon on your desktop, and then click Video Chat
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5 (Optional) Select the effects you want to apply:
Turn face tracking on and off.
To track one face, click Single.
To track more than one face, click Single to
select the first face, and then click Next to select
the next face.
To find the best angle for a group image, click
Multiple.
Zoom in and out, or pan around the image.
Add fun house effects to your video.
Add a picture frame to the face on the screen.
Decorate your video with a theme.
Adopt a different persona by selecting an avatar.
Make your video brighter and sharper.
Combine your face with a masque template.
TIP: You can also open ArcSoft Magic-i Visual Effects by double-clicking ArcSoft
Magic-i Visual Effects
in the Windows System Tray.
To learn more about using effects in your chats, click Help
the ArcSoft Magic-i Visual Effects window.
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in the upper-right corner of
Recording a Video
1 Do either of the following to open ArcSoft WebCam Companion and enter
capture mode:
Press the Video Record
button on your webcam.
Double-click the HP Webcam Control Center
desktop, and then click Record Video
2 (Optional) Click Full Screen
icon on the Windows
.
to record in full-screen mode.
3 (Optional) Click the resolution list below the icons in the upper-right corner, and select
the resolution setting you want to use for the recording. The default setting is
1280x720 (HD 720p), which provides optimum performance in most environments.
NOTE: Higher resolutions and/or poor lighting may slow down the frame rate and
make the video jerky. For more information on resolution issues, see
“Troubleshooting.”
4 Press the Video Record
button or click Record Video
to
begin recording.
5 Press the Video Record
button again or click Stop Recording
to stop
recording and save the video to your PC.
6 If you’re recording in full-screen mode, click the Exit
icon on the right side of the
screen to return to partial-screen mode.
To learn more about using ArcSoft WebCam Companion, click Extras and select
Application Help.
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Taking a Picture
1 Do either of the following to open ArcSoft WebCam Companion and enter
capture mode:
Press the Snapshot
Double-click HP Webcam Control Center
then click Take a Photo
button on your webcam.
on the Windows desktop, and
.
2 Use capture mode to take either a single picture or a series of pictures:
To take a single picture, press the Snapshot
Take Picture
button again or click
.
To take a series of pictures, click Burst
.
3 To edit, print, and share your pictures, hover over the Capture
the menu, and click the Edit
icon to expand
icon to enter edit mode.
To learn more about taking pictures with ArcSoft WebCam Companion, click Extras and
select Application Help.
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Managing Videos and Pictures
After you capture a video or take a picture, you can use the icons in the lower-left corner of
the Capture screen to manage your pictures and videos. Click any of the following icons:
Preview a picture or video.
Locate a picture or video on your PC hard drive.
Send a picture or video as an e-mail attachment.
Upload a picture or video to YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, or Facebook.
Print the pictures you selected.
Delete the selected picture or video.
To learn more about using ArcSoft WebCam Companion, click Extras and select
Application Help.
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Uploading a Picture or a Video
After you take a picture or record a video, follow these steps to post it on YouTube, Flickr,
Twitter, or Facebook:
1 If you are in capture mode in ArcSoft WebCam Companion:
Click the Captures
icon to display your pictures and videos.
Click the picture or video you want to upload.
Click the Upload
Facebook.
icon and select either YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, or
2 If you are in edit mode in ArcSoft WebCam Companion:
Click the picture or video you want to upload.
Use the buttons at the top right of the page to select either Facebook, Twitter,
Flickr, or YouTube.
3 Log into your account.
4 Follow the on-screen instructions to post the picture or video.
TIP: If ArcSoft WebCam Companion is closed, you can open it directly in edit mode.
Simply double-click the HP Webcam Control Center
desktop, and then click Webcam Gallery
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Applying Effects to a Video or Picture
Many of the ArcSoft Magic-i Visual Effects features are integrated into ArcSoft WebCam
Companion, so that you can continue to enjoy the effects you use in your video chats while
you capture videos and take pictures.
1 Double-click the HP Webcam Control Center
2 Click either Record Video
3 Click the Effects
icon on the Windows desktop.
or Take a Photo
.
tab.
4 Click any of the icons in the lower-left corner to apply an effect.
5 To turn off all effects, click No Effect
.
To learn more about using effects in your chats, see “Using the HP Webcam Control
Center.”
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Using Masques
1 Double-click the HP Webcam Control Center
and then click Take a Photo
2 Hover over the Capture
Masque
icon on the Windows desktop,
.
icon to expand the menu, and click the
icon.
3 Select the masque you want to use.
4 (Optional) Click the icons above the preview image to adjust the image.
5 Press the Snapshot
button again or click Take Picture
to take the picture.
To learn more about using masques, click Extras and select Application Help.
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Using Fun Frame
1 Double-click the HP Webcam Control Center
and then click Take a Photo
2 Hover over the Capture
Fun Frame
icon on the Windows desktop,
.
icon to expand the menu, and then click the
icon.
3 (Optional) Click Customize, click Select Layout and select a layout, select the
frames you want to use, and then click OK.
4 Do either of the following:
Press the Snapshot
button or click Take Picture
to take the picture.
Click Start auto-snapshot with pose detection
to let the software
detect a pose and take the picture. To adjust the pose sensitivity, drag the slider
above the picture frame.
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Editing a Video
1 Double-click the HP Webcam Control Center
and then click Webcam Gallery
icon on the Windows desktop,
.
2 Click the video you want to edit.
To learn about specific editing functions, click Extras and select Application Help.
Advanced Editing
1 Hover over the Capture
Advanced Editing
icon to expand the menu, and then click the
icon.
2 Click the video you want to edit, and then drag and drop it into the Storyboard.
To learn about specific editing functions in ArcSoft ShowBiz, click Options and
select Help.
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Using Your Webcam as a Video Monitor
With the Monitor feature, you can use your webcam as a security camera. If the webcam
detects motion or a face, it records the activity on your PC hard drive. Additionally, you
can set the Monitor feature to send a snapshot by e-mail or post a snapshot on an FTP site
if it detects activity.
1 Double-click the HP Webcam Control Center
2 Click Monitor
icon on the Windows desktop.
.
3 Click Start Monitor to begin monitoring.
4 Click Stop Monitor to finish monitoring and save the video to your PC.
You can also specify motion regions for the application to focus on. Click the Enable
Rectangle Motion Detection
icon, and then click and drag to draw a rectangle
around the area you want the motion detector to work within.
To learn more about using ArcSoft WebCam Companion, click Extras and select
Application Help.
TIP: You can disable either the motion detection or face detection feature, but you cannot
turn them both off.
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Adjusting Webcam Settings
You can adjust most of your webcam’s settings in ArcSoft WebCam Companion.
1 Double-click the HP Webcam
Control Center
icon on the
Windows desktop, and then click
Webcam Settings
.
2 Click the WebCam Settings
icon near the top right corner of the
screen, and then click Advanced.
3 On the Video Proc Amp tab do
either of the following:
To manually adjust a setting,
drag the slider for that setting.
To let the webcam auto-detect a
setting, place a check in the
Auto check box to the right of
that setting.
4 Click the Camera Control tab
and do any of the following:
To manually adjust the focus,
remove the check from the
Auto Focus check box, and
then drag the Focus slider.
To manually adjust the
exposure, remove the check
from the Auto Exposure
check box and then drag the
Exposure slider.
5 Click OK.
NOTE: To restore the factory settings, click Default.
To learn about customizing the Capture, Monitor, Fun Frame, and Masque settings in
ArcSoft WebCam Companion, click Extras and select Application Help.
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Adjusting Additional Webcam Settings
You can change additional webcam settings in ArcSoft Magic-i Visual Effects.
1 If it is open, close the ArcSoft WebCam Companion window.
2 Double-click ArcSoft Magic-i Visual Effects
3 On the Webcam Settings
Click System Setting
in the Windows System Tray.
tab, do any of the following:
, click the Private tab,
click Load Image
, and then select an image
to replace the webcam video when you want
privacy during a chat.
Click Private
to replace the webcam video
with the image you selected in System Settings.
When you’re done with the chat, click Private
again to reveal the video so that your webcam is
ready to use the next time you want to use it.
Click Mute Microphone
to turn off the
webcam microphone during a chat. When you’re
done with the chat, click Mute Microphone
again to turn the microphone back on so that your
webcam is ready to use the next time you want
to use it.
Remove the check from the LED On check box to
turn off the status LED on the front of your webcam.
Place a check in the Video Off check box to
disable the webcam video during a chat. A blank
screen replaces the video. When you’re done with
the chat, remove the check to enable the video
feature, so that your webcam is ready to use the
next time you want to use it.
Drag the slider for the individual settings. To see additional settings, drag the scroll
bar on the right side of the ArcSoft Magic-i Visual Effects window.
Click Current Profile, enter a name, and then click Save
current settings in a user profile.
to store the
To learn more about customizing webcam settings in ArcSoft Magic-i Visual Effects, click
Help
in the upper-right corner.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Solution
The video is jerky
Many factors affect video quality, including lighting, PC processor speed and
memory, and Internet connection speed. If the video is jerky, you need to
choose a lower resolution setting.
1 Double-click the HP Webcam Control Center
Windows desktop.
2 Click either Record Video
icon on the
or Take a Photo
.
3 Click the resolution list below the icons in the upper-right corner, and select
a lower resolution setting.
There are lines interfering
with the image
Right-click the Button Manager
icon in the Windows System Tray and
select the appropriate setting for your location: 60Hz or 50Hz. The interfering
lines should disappear.
I don’t want to use ArcSoft
Magic-i Visual Effects with my
IM application
Close ArcSoft Magic-i Visual Effects.
My webcam isn’t connected
to my IM application
Double-click the HP Webcam Control Center
I want to turn off the
autofocus feature
icon on the Windows
desktop, and then click Video Chat
. If you have multiple IM applications
and you already set up all of your IM applications, select a different video
device in your IM application. See your IM documentation for details.
1 Double-click the HP Webcam Control Center
Windows desktop, and then click Webcam Settings
2 Click Advanced...
3 Click the Camera Control tab.
4 Remove the check from the Auto Focus check box.
5 Drag the Focus slider to manually adjust the focus.
6 Click OK or Apply.
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Problem
The webcam buttons are not
working properly
I hear an echo or feedback in
the speakers
Solution
Look in the Windows System Tray for the HP Button Manager
icon. If you don’t see the HP Button Manager icon, then open the Start
menu and click HP Button Manager to restart the application.
On Windows XP computers, check to see if the USB Video Device
application and ArcSoft WebCam Companion are both running. If so,
close both of these applications, and then press the Snapshot button. To
avoid this problem in the future, do not open the USB Video Device in
My Computer. Instead, use the ArcSoft applications that came with your
webcam.
On Windows XP computers (Classic view):
1 Click Start > Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices.
2 Click the Audio tab.
3 Under Sound playback, click Volume, and drag the Master Volume
slider to adjust the speaker volume.
4 Under Sound recording, click Volume, and drag the Microphone slider
to adjust the microphone volume.
On Windows Vista computers (Classic view) or Windows 7
computers (Large icons or Small icons view):
1 Open the Start menu and then click Control Panel > Sound.
2 Click the Playback tab.
3 Select the Speaker you are using and then click Properties.
4 Click the Levels tab and drag the sliders to adjust the output level.
5 Click the Recording tab.
6 Select the Microphone you are using and then click Properties.
7 Click the Levels tab and drag the sliders to adjust the input level.
The webcam audio is not
synchronized with the
webcam video
From the Video Capture screen, select the resolution list in the upper-right
corner, and set the video resolution to 640x480 to synchronize the video and
audio. After synchronizing the audio and video, try increasing the resolution to
the next level. If the problem recurs, go back to the previous resolution setting.
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Problem
Solution
I am having trouble using the
webcam with Skype
1 Check for updates to make sure you installed the latest version of Skype.
I see a blank screen with
static when I run Skype
After you place the call, make sure the video device is set to USB Video Device
(Windows XP) or HP Webcam HD 5210 (LR374AA) (Windows Vista or
Windows 7).
The webcam microphone
does not work with Skype
1 On the menu bar, select Call > Audio Settings.
2 Check the microphone setting in Audio Settings and the webcam setting
in Video Settings. They should be set to USB Video Device (Windows
XP) or HP Webcam HD 5210 (LR374AA) (Windows Vista or
Windows 7).
2 Make sure the microphone device is set to USB Video Device
(Windows XP) or HP Webcam HD 5210 (LR374AA) (Windows Vista
or Windows 7).
3 Drag the Microphone Volume slider towards High to increase the
volume level.
4 Click Save. Retry your call.
I have more than one USB
Video Device option. Which
one should I use?
You have more than one video device connected to your PC. Try selecting each
option and then attempt to use your webcam. If the webcam works, you found
the right option. If the webcam doesn’t work, try another option until you find
the one associated with your webcam.
Still need help? Please refer to the warranty that came with your webcam for support phone numbers and Web site
information.
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