HP HD 2300 Webcam User manual

HP HD 2300 Webcam User manual
HP WEBCAM HD USER GUIDE
© Copyright 2012 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
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The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products
and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services.
Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for
technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.
First Edition: February 2012
Part number: 672780-001
Table of Contents
Webcam overview ................................................................................................................................................................... 1
Software overview ................................................................................................................................................................... 2
System requirements................................................................................................................................................................ 2
Quality and performance ......................................................................................................................................................... 2
Installation ............................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Using HP Webcam Control Center.......................................................................................................................................... 3
Starting a video call ................................................................................................................................................................. 4
Recording video or capturing still photos................................................................................................................................ 4
Troubleshooting ....................................................................................................................................................................... 7
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Webcam overview
Congratulations on purchasing an HP Webcam. Your webcam includes the following features:
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Power LED
4
USB connector cable
2
HP Webcam Control Center button
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Adjustable clip/stand
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Integrated microphone
Please refer to the product label for the HP product number and serial number.
If the information provided in this user guide or in Help and Support does not answer your
questions, you can contact HP Customer Service. For U.S. product support, go to http://
www.hp.com/go/contactHP. For worldwide product support, go to http://welcome.hp.com/
country/us/en/wwcontact_us.html.
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Software overview
The disc that comes with your webcam includes the following software:
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Webcam drivers – enable your webcam to operate with optimum performance.
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Video Call Quick Launch – helps you set up your chat program to communicate with your
webcam.
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Video/photo capture program
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HP Webcam Control Center – enables you to access all of your webcam functions from a
single location on your desktop.
You can download webcam software from www.hp.com/support.
System requirements
The HP Webcam HD can record video up to 720p resolution 30 fps. To use your webcam with the
included software, your computer must meet the following minimum system requirements:
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Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, or Windows 7
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Intel® Pentium 4 with 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon equivalent processor or faster; 1.6-GHz Dual
Core recommended
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1 GB RAM minimum; 2 GB RAM recommended
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230 MB free hard drive space required for program installation
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DVD/CD-ROM drive
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USB 2.0 high speed port
Quality and performance
Image quality and video performance are impacted by the following factors:
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The amount of light on the subject
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The webcam resolution setting
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The performance of the computer
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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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Installation
To install webcam software on your computer:
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Insert the HP Webcam Control Center disc in your optical drive. The Installation Wizard
loads, and the Welcome screen displays.
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Click Next to continue.
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Read the End User License Agreement. If you accept, choose I accept the terms in the
license agreement, and then click Next to continue.
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You may specify the location of the software installation or click Next to install the software
in the suggested folder.
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Click Install to begin installation.
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Click Finish after installation is complete.
Using HP Webcam Control Center
You can access all of the software utilities included with your HP Webcam through HP Webcam
Control Center
, accessible from your desktop.
Click the Features
icon to access webcam utilities.
Start a Video Call
– launch video call programs.
Take Video or Photos
– take videos or still photos.
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Starting a video call
You can launch installed video chat programs, as well as install common video chat programs.
Supported video chat programs include:
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Google™ Video Chat
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Skype
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Windows Live Messenger
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Yahoo! Messenger
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AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)
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HP MyRoom
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To start a video call, double-click the HP Webcam Control Center
Windows desktop, and then click Installed Video Chat
supported, currently installed video chat programs.
icon on the
. The system displays all
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Select the program you want to use. The program opens.
3
To install a video chat program, click Download & Install
supported, video chat programs not currently installed.
4
Select the program you want to use. The program opens in your default web browser.
. The system displays all
Recording video or capturing still photos
To take videos or capture images:
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Double-click the HP Webcam Control Center
click Take a Video or Photos
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icon on the Windows desktop, and then
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If necessary, click Select webcam and select which webcam to use.
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To configure webcam settings, click Settings.
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Video Settings
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Video Path – the path for the location to store your videos. You can use the default
location or navigate to an alternate location.
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Select Audio Device – select the device to use to record audio with the webcam. For best
results, select the microphone built into the webcam.
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Select Video Format – select the format in which to record your videos. Available
options are avi or wmv.
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Resolution – select the resolution of the videos you capture. Higher resolutions offer
better quality images but take up more memory.
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Preselect Record Time – select this box to set the amount of time the webcam records a
video. Clear this box to require that you manually stop video recording. The default
setting is clear.
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Video Duration – select the length of time (in minutes) that the webcam records your
videos. You must select the Preselect Record Time box to enable the Video Duration
field.
Image Settings
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Image Path – the path for the location to store your images. You can use the default
location or navigate to an alternate location.
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Burst Image Count – select the number of consecutive still images to capture during a
“Burst” operation. You can set a burst of 2 to 9 images.
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Burst Image Interval – select the amount of time that elapses between each image taken
in a “Burst” operation.
Facebook Settings – enter your Facebook account credentials.
Click the Advanced Settings button to access standard Windows webcam settings, where
you can configure various webcam video settings, including brightness, contrast, hue, and
frequency. To manually adjust a setting, drag the slider for the setting. To let the webcam
automatically detect a setting, select the Auto check box for that setting.
NOTE: In Advanced Settings, make sure to set the PowerLine Frequency (Anti Flicker)
for the power line standards of your country. Available settings are 50Hz or 60Hz. An
improper setting may result in lines disrupting the image.
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To immediately begin recording video while showing it on the screen, click Record Video.
After recording a video, the video capture window displays. You can save the video, upload
the video to Facebook, or delete the video using the following buttons:
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Save this video to a file – browse to a folder and save the video file.
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Upload this video to Facebook – log in to Facebook and upload the video file.
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Discard this video – delete the current video file, and then return to the main window.
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To capture still photos, click Snapshot. The preview window provides a countdown to when
shooting will begin, and then the webcam takes a single image capture. You can save the
image, upload the image to Facebook, or delete the image using the following buttons:
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Save this image to a file – browse to a folder and save the image file.
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Upload this image to Facebook – log in to Facebook and upload the image file.
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Discard this image – delete the current image file, and then return to the main window.
To capture multiple still photos in quick succession, click Burst. The preview window
provides a countdown to when shooting will begin, and then the webcam starts the burst
image capture. You can save the image, upload the image to Facebook, or delete the image
using the following buttons:
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Save these images to a file – browse to a folder and save the image files.
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Upload these images to Facebook – log in to Facebook and upload the image files.
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Discard these images – delete the current image files, and then return to the main
window.
Troubleshooting
Problem
Solution
The video is jerky.
Many factors affect video quality, including lighting, computer processor speed and
memory, and Internet connection speed. If the video is jerky, try a lower resolution
setting. To change the resolution:
There are lines interfering with
the image.
My webcam is not connected to
my IM program.
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Double-click the HP Webcam Control Center
desktop.
icon on the Windows
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Click Take Video or Photos
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Select a lower value from the Resolution list.
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Double-click the HP Webcam Control Center
desktop.
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Click Take Video or Photos
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Click Settings, and then click Advanced Settings.
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Change the PowerLine Frequency (Anti Flicker) setting to the appropriate
value for your location: 60Hz or 50Hz. The lines should disappear.
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Double-click the HP Webcam Control Center
desktop.
2
Click Start a Video Call
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If you have already set up all of your IM programs, select a different video
device in your IM program. See your IM documentation for details.
, and then click Settings.
icon on the Windows
.
icon on the Windows
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Problem
Solution
The webcam buttons are not
working properly.
Look in the notification area, at the far right of the task bar for the HP Button
Manager icon. If you do not see the HP Button Manager icon, then open the Start
menu and click HP Button Manager to restart the program.
I hear an echo or feedback in the
speakers.
On Windows XP computers:
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Click Start > Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices.
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Click the Audio tab.
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Under Sound playback, click Volume, and drag the Volume Control slider to
adjust the speaker volume.
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Under Sound recording, click Volume, and drag the Microphone slider to
adjust the microphone volume.
On Windows Vista computers or Windows 7 computers (Large icons or Small
icons view):
I am having trouble using the
webcam with Skype
I see a blank screen with static
when I run Skype
The webcam microphone does
not work with Skype
I have more than one USB
Video Device option. Which one
should I use?
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Open the Start menu, and then click Control Panel > Sound.
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Click the Playback tab.
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Select the speaker you are using, and then click Properties.
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Click the Levels tab, and then drag the sliders to adjust the output level.
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Click the Recording tab.
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Select the microphone you are using, and then click Properties.
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Click the Levels tab, and then drag the sliders to adjust the input level.
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Check for updates to make sure you installed the latest version of Skype.
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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 (Windows Vista or Windows 7).
After you place the call, make sure the video device is set to USB Video Device
(Windows XP) or HP Webcam (Windows Vista or Windows 7).
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On the Skype menu bar, select Call > Audio Settings.
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Make sure the microphone device is set to USB Video Device (Windows XP) or
HP Webcam (Windows Vista or Windows 7).
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Drag the Microphone Volume slider toward High to increase the volume level.
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Click Save. Retry your call.
You have more than one video device connected to your computer. Try selecting each
option and then attempt to use your webcam. If the webcam works, you found the
right option. If the webcam does not work, try another option until you find the one
associated with your webcam.
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