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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

How To Use A Webcam To Capture Images And Videos

The Internet today allows almost everything - sending emails, publishing write-ups, and of course, photo and video sharing. The most fun thing to do among them would be photo and video sharing, indeed. And to effectively share your pictures and videos, you have to first learn how to use a webcam.

Webcam is the short term for web camera. It is the device that has the ability to capture images, both still and moving, and save it on your computer. Most webcams are connected to the computer's USB port.

Learning how to use a webcam is fairly easy. All you have to do is follow the steps below:

1. Make Sure That The Webcam Is Properly Installed On Your Computer.

When you buy a webcam from a computer or an electronics store, the package will come with a disc. Run the disc and make sure that the camera is properly detected by the operating system. Load the software according to the instructions so it will work.

2. Determine How You Are To Use The Webcam.

The camera will come with its own software. You can use that to capture images. But it can also work with online messaging services like Yahoo, Skype, and AOL. Using your webcam to share images and videos using these services is free. You might want to check them out.

3. Position The Webcam Properly And Launch The Software.

If you have decided to use the webcam's built-in software, just click on the icon that was created after the program was installed. The camera will work the moment you launch the software. If you want to use the webcam with an online messaging service, sign-in with your username and password. After that, look for the option that will activate and share your webcam.

4. Capture And Save The Images As Desired.

The webcam's built-in software is created with buttons that you can click to save and store the images produced on the screen. Strike a pose. Wear your biggest smile. Then click away! However, with a messenger service, click on the broadcast check box. The images captured by the webcam will then be shared immediately with the users you have approved.

These are the simple steps to use a webcam. You need not be an expert Internet user or computer programmer to learn how this simple device works. Enjoy!