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A question about laptop camera.
« on: November 01, 2016, 01:41:18 PM »
Hello, and ... here is one more question...

I noticed recently that when I use my computer's camera (using Windows 10 application) the videos created are not good. Especially when there is a movement in front of the screen, many many squares appear and destroy the video. I had no problems in summer (July) when I used it again.

What do you think?
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Re: A question about laptop camera.
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2016, 12:34:37 PM »
Sorry, Panos, I have no suggestions other than perhaps there is a more recent driver.  Taking a shot, under "Device Manager", check "Imaging Devices".  Right-click on the web-cam device and look at properties.  What is the information for the driver.  Is there anything shown under "Events"?


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Re: A question about laptop camera.
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2016, 12:48:46 PM »
Hi, Corrine.

I tried update the driver, but it says that I have the most recent one. I also uninstalled it and restarted the computer to install it again, but nothing changed. Yes, there are some events, on August the 3rd and October 10th. On October 10th I have done the uninstall and reinstall procedure. I attach the events for August.
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Re: A question about laptop camera.
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2016, 01:20:09 PM »
Panos, double check these two settings ... select the Settings button located in the upper-right corner of the Camera window, then the option tab for Settings ... then under the Videos section:

Flicker Reduction: you might choose an option other than Disabled if you are filming indoors.

Digital Video Stabilization: make sure this is not turned 'off', this option helps prevent blurring in videos.

You could also play with the Video Recording options, and change how many pixels appear in your videos.  Choppy playback can sometimes be fixed by reducing the size of the video image in the webcam software.
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Re: A question about laptop camera.
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2016, 02:05:06 PM »
Hello, Winchester.

I played a lot with these settings, although I think that are always set to the same thing, and they don't change.

Also, I noticed that there is no Digital Video Stabilization option.

I uninstalled the camera app, reinstalled it, but nothing changed in video quality. Actually, now I'm sure that the bad quality with the little squares that destroy the video, comes when there is a movement in front of the screen.
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Re: A question about laptop camera.
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2017, 05:57:21 PM »
Hello.

I'm writing here, continuing this topic, as nothing changed since I started it.

The problem is that there is a bad video when I record with high definition options (1280x720p). The video is good (as good it can be with this resolution) when the resolution is 384x216p/30fps.

Another thing to ask. This camera is the Windows camera, downloaded from the store. Was this camera installed in my computer from the beginning? My computer has its own integrated webcam (shown in device manager), but I can't find anywhere a software related to it, so I can try it. Are these two different things or it is just my computer's camera?
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Re: A question about laptop camera.
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2017, 07:27:21 PM »
Another thing to ask. This camera is the Windows camera, downloaded from the store. Was this camera installed in my computer from the beginning? My computer has its own integrated webcam (shown in device manager), but I can't find anywhere a software related to it, so I can try it. Are these two different things or it is just my computer's camera?

Panos ...

The Windows Camera you refer to is an app, it is using the built-in webcam (shown in the device manager) on your computer.  The webcam needs an app to help take pictures, record/stream videos, etc.  Microsoft has built an app called Camera which is available by default in Windows 10.

There are other webcam software options besides Windows Camera, some free, some not.  While Camera is easy to use, more advanced users will be disappointed with the simplicity, and will want more manual controls and settings.  You might try different software and see if it makes a difference.

You might also look into external cameras to use for your video purposes, they are fairly inexpensive but much higher quality than your built-in one.
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Re: A question about laptop camera.
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2017, 08:44:19 PM »
To be honest you aren't going to get a high definition quality out a laptop web camera. There for basic use such as skpe, etc. The older the laptop model, the lower quality you are going to get. You can find external cameras that are higher quality.

Editing software will help, but moving the quality to a higher resolution isn't going to improve the camera.

This is a older software from MS that isn't supported any longer but works well in WIN 10, Windows movie maker.

http://filehippo.com/download_windows_live_movie_maker/

You can find external cameras that are higher quality, even 1080P, but there is no guarantee  it's going to be better. If I was going to buy one I would do some research, and if you look most will not have high reviews.

Examples Here:

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_n_1/132-9467270-7531417?fst=as%3Aoff&rh=n%3A172511%2Ck%3Aexternal+camera+for+computer&keywords=external+camera+for+computer&ie=UTF8&qid=1500672996&rnid=2941120011


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Re: A question about laptop camera.
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2017, 08:43:56 AM »
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The Windows Camera you refer to is an app, it is using the built-in webcam (shown in the device manager) on your computer.  The webcam needs an app to help take pictures, record/stream videos, etc.  Microsoft has built an app called Camera which is available by default in Windows 10.

Thank you, Winchester! I'm really sorry for my silly questions, but I would like to understand some things. :)


Editing software will help, but moving the quality to a higher resolution isn't going to improve the camera.

This is a older software from MS that isn't supported any longer but works well in WIN 10, Windows movie maker.


In fact, I'm not talking about just a bad video quality, that needs to get better. It seems that the video is corrupted, with little squares that dissolve the image. Also, sometimes the video gets stucked, while the sound is OK. This is only when I have the resolution on 1280x720p. When I go to 384x216, no corrupted video, no problems, except the low resolution. The strange is that there was no problem a year ago, since I have many good videos during July 2016, as well as years before. I'm thinking of the Anniversary update and if it caused problems to the camera, but I don't know.

I tried the free version of ManyCam. The resolution is lower than 1280x720, but surely much better than 384x216.  I'm not sure if I will continue with this, as I prefer the Windows app. I hope, there will be a solution.

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Re: A question about laptop camera.
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2017, 11:13:48 AM »
It's the poor quality of the built-in camera of your laptop that is causing the problem. Not the software. The camera was intended for facial recognition only. If you want better quality buy a remote camera.
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Re: A question about laptop camera.
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2017, 09:54:28 PM »
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Re: A question about laptop camera.
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2017, 09:57:25 AM »
Hello!

I remembered that before Windows 10, my computer had Dell Webcam software installed. I don't know when, how and why this camera software disappeared. Anyway, I installed it, and everything is back to normal now. It can record videos with very high definition, so I'm happy with it. The only ''problem'' is that it has to start with Windows, otherwise it won't open.

As for the Windows Camera app, as I said, it was working fine till July 2016. Suddenly, recording with high definition settings produced videos with signs of corruption. Is it possible the poor quality of the built-in camera to be the cause of this change? But why it was working fine for a year?

Anyway, thank you all for your helpful comments and hints!

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