Creative Live Cam Voice User`s guide

User’s Guide
Creative Live! Cam Voice
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Introduction
Introduction
Congratulations on purchasing your Creative Live!® Cam Voice. You can enjoy
fantastic voice clarity and high quality video images while video chatting with your
friends and loved ones. This webcam captures 24-bit videos and still photos in
16.7 million colors at resolutions up to SXGA (1280 x 960). Its built-in
microphones enable you to lean back and chat comfortably while video chatting!
Read on to learn more about your web camera and how to use it to enhance your
video chatting experience.
Before You
Begin
Package Contents
Your webcam package contains the following items:
❑ Creative Live! Cam Voice with USB cable attached
❑ Creative Live! Cam Voice Installation CD
❑ Hands-free Headset
❑ Quick Start Booklet
Note
• Contents may vary depending on product model and region of purchase.
README file
The README file on the CD-ROM contains late-breaking or other information that
supplements the product documentation. Read the file before you begin installing
your webcam.
Introduction 1-1
Minimum System
Requirements
❑ Intel® Pentium® III or AMD® equivalent processor running at 850 MHz or higher
(Intel Pentium 4, 2.8 GHz recommended)
❑ Microsoft® Windows® XP or Windows 2000
❑ 128 MB RAM (256 MB RAM or higher recommended)
❑ 100 MB free hard disk space (excludes third party software installation)
❑ Available USB 1.1 port or a USB 1.1 hub with external power supply (USB 2.0
required for maximum frame rate and resolution)
❑ 16-bit true color display
❑ CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive for software installation
❑ Sound Blaster® or other Windows-compatible audio card. Sound Blaster 16 or
higher required for simultaneous two-way conversation with full-duplex support.
For Video Instant Messaging
❑ Modem or LAN access to the Internet at 56 Kbps or faster
Introduction 1-2
About
Creative Live!
Cam Voice
The figure below highlights the features of Creative Live! Cam Voice.
1
2
3
5
4
Component
Description
1.
Snapshot
button
Press to launch WebCam Center (when
Cam Detector is running in the
background) and capture images.
2.
Microphones
Captures voices clearly during video
chats.
Introduction 1-3
Component
Description
3.
Power LED
Lights up green when your webcam is
connected to your computer’s USB port.
Lights up red when performing video
and/or audio capture.
4.
Hinged lever
Use this to mount your camera on an
LCD display panel.
5.
USB cable
Connect to your computer’s USB port.
Introduction 1-4
Installing Your Webcam
Installing Your Webcam
You need to install device drivers and applications before using your webcam.
Do not connect your webcam to your computer before installing the
drivers.
If you accidentally begin installation with your webcam connected and the Add
New Hardware Wizard or Found New Hardware Wizard dialog box appears,
click the Cancel button.
1. Insert the Installation CD into your CD-ROM drive. Your CD should start
automatically. If it does not, follow the steps below:
i.
Double-click the My Computer icon.
Alternatively, click Start →My Computer.
ii. Right-click the CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive icon, and then click Autoplay.
2.
Select the region you are in and then click the Next button.
3.
Select a language and then click the Next button.
4.
Click the options for installing drivers and applications, and then click the
Install button.
5.
When prompted, connect your webcam’s USB cable to an available USB port
on your computer (see "Connecting Your Webcam" on page 2-3).
Windows automatically detects the device.
6.
To complete the installation, follow the appropriate steps below:
For Windows XP
i.
When the Found New Hardware Wizard dialog box appears, select
Install the software automatically (Recommended), and then click
the Next button.
ii. Follow the instructions on screen to complete the installation. You may be
asked, after the drivers have been successfully installed, if you want to
restart your computer. Select No until all the applications are installed.
iii. Restart your computer after all the applications have been installed.
Installing Your Webcam 2-1
To verify the installation, see "Verifying the installation in Windows XP and
Windows 2000".
For Windows 2000
i.
When a Digital Signature Not Found dialog box appears (see figure
below), telling you that Creative Live! Cam Voice has been detected,
click the Yes button.
ii.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
You may be asked, after the drivers have been successfully installed, if
you want to restart your computer. Select No until all the applications are
installed.
iii. Restart your computer after all the applications have been installed.
To verify the installation, see "Verifying the installation in Windows XP and
Windows 2000".
Installing Your Webcam 2-2
Note
For users with USB 2.0-equipped computers only
Creative Installation automatically checks that the software components
required for optimal USB 2.0 performance are installed on your computer, and
alerts you if these components are missing. If you receive such a message, do
one of the following to ensure that your webcam always performs to its fullest
potential over a USB 2.0 connection:
•
download and install the latest Windows Service Pack for your operating
system
•
if you are using Windows XP SP1, install Windows XP Hotfix KB822603
•
install the USB 2.0 driver provided by your hardware vendor
The latest Windows Service Packs and Windows Hotfix KB822603 can be
obtained from the Microsoft Help and Support website or via Windows Update.
Connecting
Your Webcam
Do not connect your webcam to your computer before installing the drivers. To
install your drivers, see "Installing Your Webcam" on page 2-1.
Place your webcam on top of your computer monitor or other flat surface. For LCD
flat panel monitors or notebook computers, use the integrated hinged lever to
mount the camera.
Installing Your Webcam 2-3
Follow the diagram below to connect your webcam.
2
1
Component
1.
Hinged lever
2.
USB port
Note
• You can connect your webcam while your computer is turned on.
• You can attach your webcam to a USB hub or device with its own dedicated
power supply.
Installing Your Webcam 2-4
Verifying the
installation in
Windows XP and
Windows 2000
1.
Right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop or in the Windows Start
menu.
2.
On the menu that appears, click Properties.
3.
In the System Properties dialog box, click the Hardware tab.
4.
Click the Device Manager button. A window appears.
5.
Click the plus (+) sign next to the Imaging Device icon.
The entry “Live! Cam Voice” appears.
6.
Click the plus (+) sign next to the Sound, Video and Game controllers
icon.
The entry “Live! Cam Voice (Mic)” appears.
Installing Your Webcam 2-5
Creative Live! Cam Voice
Applications
Creative Live! Cam Voice Applications
The Installation CD includes the following:
❑ Creative WebCam Center
❑ Creative Photo Manager
❑ Creative Photo Calendar
❑ muvee® autoProducer™
❑ Orb™ with OrbSecure
❑ SightSpeed™
❑ Yahoo!® Messenger
Note
• The applications included with your webcam may differ from those described
here.
Creative
WebCam
Center
With this powerful application, you can record videos, take pictures and perform
advanced tasks like remote monitoring, motion detection and time lapse video
capturing. There are various settings for you to adjust, allowing you to optimize
the quality of your pictures and videos. You can also browse all your photos and
videos at one convenient location. For details, see "Using Creative WebCam
Center".
Creative Live! Cam Voice Applications 3-1
Creative Photo
Manager
With Creative Photo Manager, you can organize, arrange and manage all your
photos and videos. It also comes with enhanced features and effects for advanced
photo and video management.
Creative Live! Cam Voice Applications 3-2
For additional information and usage instructions, see the application's Help.
Creative Photo
Calendar
Use Creative Photo Calendar to design and create your own photo calendar for
print. You can also insert your own lunar calendar dates, public holidays and
special events.
Creative Live! Cam Voice Applications 3-3
You can have your personalized photo calendar ready in three easy steps: just
create, save and print!
muvee
autoProducer
With muvee autoProducer, you can create videos easily and quickly. Its fantastic
video editing technology enables you to produce professional videos in an
amazingly short period of time. Simply shoot it, muvee it and share it!
Creative Live! Cam Voice Applications 3-4
For additional information and usage instructions, see the application's Help.
Orb with
OrbSecure
Perfect for remote monitoring, Orb with OrbSecure is your personal home security
application. From anywhere and at any time, you can view your home to assure
yourself that all is right.
When used together with Internet-connected devices such as notebooks or
Personal Digital Assistants, Orb with OrbSecure also gives you instant access to
files on your home computer.
Creative Live! Cam Voice Applications 3-5
For additional information and usage instructions, see the application's Help.
Note
• Only available for American customers.
SightSpeed
SightSpeed is an easy-to-use technology that transforms your computer into a
video phone. With SightSpeed, you can see and hear your co-workers, friends and
family, no matter how far away they are, without incurring long-distance fees. You
can have multiparty conference and video calls with up to four people seeing and
hearing one another simultaneously!
Creative Live! Cam Voice Applications 3-6
For additional information and usage instructions, see the application's Help.
Creative Live! Cam Voice Applications 3-7
Yahoo!
Messenger
Enhance your Internet messaging and web chat experience with Yahoo! Messenger
services. For additional information and usage instructions, see the application's
Help.
Creative Live! Cam Voice Applications 3-8
Using Creative WebCam Center
Using Creative WebCam Center
Creative WebCam Center makes it easy to capture images and video with your
webcam. You can also perform advanced tasks like remote monitoring, motion
detection and time lapse video capturing.
You can start Creative WebCam Center in any of the following ways:
❑ Click Start →Programs or All Programs →Creative →Creative WebCam →
Creative WebCam Center.
❑ Right-click the Creative Cam Detector icon
in your taskbar, and select
Launch WebCam Center.
❑ Plug your camera into the USB port and let Windows auto-detect it. You can
choose to start Creative WebCam Center in Capture mode from a popup window
that appears.
Note
• If Creative WebCam Center does not recognize the camera correctly, see
"Frequently Asked Questions" on page C-1.
• Creative WebCam Center automatically detects your installed model of
webcam, and disables any unsupported features in the user interface.
For more information about the application’s features and settings, refer to its Help
file.
To start the Help file: In Creative WebCam Center’s main window, click Help.
Using Creative WebCam Center 4-1
Capturing
Images and
Videos
Taking a Photo
1.
In the Creative WebCam Center window, click the Capture tab.
2.
Click the Photo Resolution box and select the resolution that you want.
3.
Click the Snap photo button
to capture an image. Images are saved as
files in the default media folder.
To view the images in the image viewer, double-click the image files in the
Thumbnails/Details pane.
Note
• Your photo resolution is determined by your video resolution. To adjust your
photo resolution, select the video resolution that you want.
Recording a Video
1.
In the Creative WebCam Center window, click the Capture tab.
2.
Click the Video Resolution box and select the resolution that you want.
3.
Click the Record button
to start and stop video recording.
Videos are saved as files in the default media folder when you stop recording.
To view the videos in the video viewer, double-click the video files in the
Thumbnails/Details pane.
Using Creative WebCam Center 4-2
Using Face
Tracking
With Face Tracking, your camera automatically zooms in on your face during video
instant messaging sessions, or when recording video.
Using color detection technology that locks on to skin tone, your camera will zoom
in on and frame your face in real time. Face Tracking also recognizes and detects
all faces if there is more than one face in your camera's field of view.
Face Tracking has two tracking modes:
❑ Continuous
The tracker continuously follows each face movement (Note: Avoid selecting this
mode if there is rapid head movement as continuous tracking movement can
result in jerky video).
❑ Smart
The tracker waits until your head stops moving before framing your face.
Enabling Face
Tracking
You can enable Face Tracking in the Face Tracking Utility. You can launch the Face
Tracking Utility in the following ways:
❑ In WebCam Center, select Creative Live! Cam Voice and click Tools →Face
Tracking Utility.
❑ Right-click the Creative Cam Detector icon in the System Tray and select the
Face Tracking Utility option.
Using Creative WebCam Center 4-3
If you have more than one camera installed in your computer, you must first
select the camera that you want.
❑ Click Start →Programs or All Programs →Creative →Creative Live! Cam
Voice →Face Tracking Utility.
Note
• Face Tracking is only available with selected webcams. You will not see the Face
Tracking Utility option if your camera does not support Face Tracking.
Tips for successful
Face Tracking
❑ Make sure the white balance is correctly adjusted so that there is no color cast.
To quickly adjust white balance, place a blank sheet of white paper about 20 cm
(8-inches) in front of your webcam for three seconds.
❑ Make sure your face is well lit and not over- or under-exposed. An over-exposed
face appears white whereas an under-exposed face appears dark.
❑ Avoid backgrounds and clothing that are the same color as human skin.
❑ Avoid sleeveless clothing.
❑ The tracker is sensitive to head movement. In the unlikely event that the tracker
fails to detect very small head movements, gently move your head to attract the
attention of the tracker.
❑ The tracker is set to work best at the default color saturation setting. Changing
this setting, especially to one of the extreme ends, will affect the performance of
the tracker.
❑ Place the camera on a sturdy surface. The Face Tracking feature is very sensitive
to movement, and holding the camera can cause the software not to track
properly.
Using Creative WebCam Center 4-4
Using the Pan
and Tilt
feature
With the digital Pan and Tilt feature, you can control your webcam's view in zoom
mode without moving your webcam manually. The software lets you adjust the
view by panning horizontally, vertically and diagonally in eight different directions.
Select one of the following options to start controlling your webcam’s view directly
from your computer.
❑ With WebCam Center
❑ With Pan and Tilt Control.
With WebCam
Center
1.
In Creative WebCam Center, make sure Face Tracking is not enabled, and you
are not in My Recordings mode.
2.
On the video pane, click the Zoom In slider to enable the feature.
3.
Move your mouse toward the direction you want to view. An arrow appears on
the screen.
4.
Click the arrow. Your camera view moves toward the direction indicated by the
arrow.
5.
To bring the camera view back to its default position, move your mouse
toward the center of the video pane, and then click the symbol
appears.
With Pan and Tilt
Control
that
1.
Launch Pan and Tilt Control in the following ways:
•
In WebCam Center, select Creative Live! Cam Voice and click Tools →
Pan and Tilt Control.
•
Right-click the Creative Cam Detector icon in the System Tray and select
the Pan and Tilt Control option.
If you have more than one camera installed in your computer, you must
first select the camera that you want.
•
Click Start →Programs or All Programs →Creative →Creative Live!
Cam Voice →Pan and Tilt Control.
2.
On the Pan and Tilt window, click the Zoom In button to enable the Pan and
Tilt feature.
Using Creative WebCam Center 4-5
3.
To change the field of view, click any of the directional buttons.
Alternatively, you can also navigate your camera view by pressing the arrow
keys on your keyboard.
4.
To zoom in or out of the camera's field of view, click the zoom button you
want.
Using Creative WebCam Center 4-6
Understanding
the WebCam
Audio Control
feature
The WebCam Audio Control feature activates your webcam's stereo microphones,
freeing you from wearing a headset during video chatting. The WebCam Audio
Control feature includes audio enhancements like noise cancellation and directional
beam. This patented technological feature will redefine voice clarity for video
chatting.
There are three types of audio control:
❑ Normal
The sensitive stereo microphones in your webcam let you to speak comfortably,
from a distance of up to 48 inches (1.2 metres) away.
❑ Noise Cancellation
This speech-centric feature removes environmental and background noise by
improving the signal-to-noise ratio and enabling higher voice recognition rates.
❑ Directional Beam with Noise Cancellation
This directional beam feature centers the microphone sensitivity on your voice
and reduces pickup of surrounding noise.
Launching
WebCam Audio
Control
1.
Launch WebCam Audio Control using one of the following methods:
In WebCam Center, select Creative Live! Cam Voice and click Tools →
WebCam Audio Control.
•
Right-click the Creative Cam Detector icon in the System Tray and select
WebCam Audio Control.
If you have more than one camera installed in your computer, you must
first select the camera that you want.
•
Click Start →Programs or All Programs →Creative → Creative Live!
Cam Voice →WebCam Audio Control.
•
2.
On the WebCam Audio Control window, click the audio control mode that
you want.
Using Creative WebCam Center 4-7
Note
• This feature is only available for Creative Live! Cam Voice.
• It is recommended that you set Directional Beam with Noise Cancellation as the
default setting before you begin video chatting.
• To change your default recording device settings, see "Frequently Asked
Questions" on page C-1.
Using Creative WebCam Center 4-8
Using Creative WebCam Features
Using Creative WebCam Features
Enabling
Advanced
Video FX
Utility
Advanced Video FX Utility enables you to add fun and interesting effects to your
webcam video. You can launch the Advanced Video FX Utility in the following ways:
❑ Right-click the Creative Cam Detector icon in the System Tray and click the
Advanced Video FX Utility option
❑ Click Start → Programs or All Programs → Creative → Creative WebCam
→ Advanced Video FX Utility
To apply a video effect, do the following:
1. Launch Advanced Video FX Utility.
2.
Click the Select Category box (if available), and select the type of effect you
want.
3.
Click the Select Effect box, and select the specific effect you want.
4.
Launch WebCam Center.
Click Start → Programs or All Programs
WebCam → Creative WebCam Center.
5.
In WebCam Center, select Creative WebCam (With Video Effects) from the
Device list box.
→ Creative → Creative
Note
• Make sure you launch Advanced Video FX Utility before launching WebCam
Center.
• The Select Category box is available only when you download more video
effects. For more information, click More → More video effects.
To add the downloaded video effects to Advanced Video FX Utility, click More
Add video effects.
→
Using Creative WebCam Features 5-1
• For more information on Advanced Video FX Utility, refer to the Creative
WebCam Features online Help.
Using Creative WebCam Features 5-2
Technical Specifications
Technical Specifications
Construction
❑ Creative Live! Cam Voice with an attached USB cable
Power
❑ Supplied by a USB port
Sensor
❑ 1.3 Megapixels Sensor
Video Resolution
❑ Up to 1.3 Megapixels (true resolution)
Picture Resolution
❑ Up to 5 Megapixels software enhancement with Creative WebCam Center
Video formats
❑ RGB24
❑ I420
Audio
❑ Frequency: 200 Hz - 10 000 Hz
❑ Sensitivity: -44dB, +/-4dB
Exposure control
❑ Automatic
White balance
❑ Automatic
Field-of-view
❑ 85 degrees +/- 5% (diagonal)
Focus range
❑ 15 centimeters (6 inches) to infinity
Port compatibility
❑ Universal Serial Bus (USB) 1.1 and 2.0
Technical Specifications A-1
Software
compatibility
❑ TWAIN, Video for Windows, and WDM MiniDriver for DirectShow that runs in
Windows XP and Windows 2000.
Technical Specifications A-2
Note on USB Compatibility
Note on USB Compatibility
While testing your webcam on motherboards with integrated Universal Serial Bus
(USB) ports, we encountered a small number of motherboards that do not meet
the USB specification exactly. These and other non-USB-compliant motherboards
may not operate correctly with your webcam. Fortunately, the manufacturers of
some of these motherboards have released new versions of motherboards or BIOS
to address the problem.
If the setup program warns you that your motherboard’s USB port is incompatible
with your webcam, or if the camera does not work on your system and you suspect
that the problem may be related to your computer’s USB port, the following is a
list of available options:
1. Contact your computer vendor.
Your computer vendor may be able to upgrade your motherboard or its BIOS
to a newer version that addresses USB incompatibilities.
2.
Use a PCI host adapter that provides USB connectors.
If you are not able to upgrade your motherboard or its BIOS, we recommend
this approach.
3.
Attach your webcam to a USB hub with an external power supply.
Note on USB Compatibility B-1
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
This section covers questions you might have while using your webcam. If you
have more questions about this product, you may wish to consult our self-help tool
"Knowledge Base". Go to www.creative.com, select your region and then select
Support.
The audio enhancement (for directional beam) feature cannot be enabled
during video chatting.
To resolve this problem:
1.
Exit from your video chatting application.
2.
Click Start →Programs or All Programs
Voice →WebCam Audio Control.
→Creative →Creative Live! Cam
3.
Select Directional Beam with Noise Cancellation.
4.
Start your video chatting application.
Note
• Set Directional Beam as your default audio enhancement feature to enable
changing of audio enhancement settings during video chatting.
Unable to capture audio using another recording device.
Creative Live! Cam Voice is the default recording device. To change a recording
device, follow the steps below:
→Settings →Control Panel →Sounds and Audio Devices.
1.
Click Start
2.
Click the Audio tab.
Frequently Asked Questions C-1
3.
Select the device that you want from the Sound recording Default device list
box.
Note
• Repeat the steps above if you want your webcam to be the default recording
device subsequently.
An application reports that the video driver is already in use, or that the
camera cannot be found.
The camera is not properly connected.
To resolve this problem:
4.
Ensure that the camera’s USB connector is inserted, and that the USB
connector is enabled in the BIOS. Refer to your computer’s documentation for
information on the BIOS.
5.
Reinstall the video capture drivers and restart your computer.
My computer cannot detect the camera when I connect the camera with
an extended USB cable.
To resolve this problem:
❑ Connect the camera directly to a USB port on your computer.
Make sure the camera is connected to the USB port at the back of your computer.
Some USB ports at the front of computers may not supply sufficient power for
your camera.
Frequently Asked Questions C-2
The webcam does not light up, or in Windows 2000, the computer restarts
for no apparent reason.
You may have USB devices drawing too much power from your computer. This can
happen especially when connecting USB devices to a passive or self-powered USB
hub. In Windows XP, a USB Hub Power Exceeded dialog box appears.
Try the following:
❑ Connect the camera directly to your computer’s USB port.
❑ Use a USB hub with an external power supply.
Insufficient system resources reserved for the USB port, causing the
system to be unable to function.
There are too many devices in the system, causing IRQ problems with the
system’s USB controller.
Do the following:
1.
Remove some devices from the system.
2.
Restart the system.
The computer reallocates resources.
Frequently Asked Questions C-3
Appendixes
License and Copyright
License and Copyright
Information in this document is subject to change without notice and does not represent a
commitment on the part of Creative Technology Ltd. No part of this manual may be reproduced or
transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and
recording, for any purpose without the written permission of Creative Technology Ltd.
Copyright © 2005 Creative Technology Ltd. All rights reserved. The Creative logo, Sound Blaster,
Blaster and Live! are trademarks or registered trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd. in the United
States and/or other countries. Microsoft, MS-DOS, and Windows are registered trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation. muvee Technologies and its logotype are registered trademarks of muvee
Technologies Pte. Ltd. in the US and other countries. Orb is a trademark of Orb in the United States
and other countries. Sightspeed is a trademark of SightSpeed, Inc. All other brand and product
names listed are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
The Software License Agreement is found in a separate folder on the installation CD.
Version 1.0
December 2005
License and Copyright -1