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How to Install and Connect a Webcam to Your PC

How to Install and Connect a Webcam to Your PC

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Before connecting a webcam to a computer, lay out the webcam materials so you have a clear picture of what you need to do. Most webcams have a USB connection, a software disk for drivers, and a camera. The camera is where the lens is. Put the camera somewhere where you can see it and where it can see you.

Information in this article applies generally to webcams used with a PC that has Windows 10 installed.

Disable an Internal Webcam

To help a particular computer program like Skype or Google Voice and Video recognize your new webcam, you can disable the internal webcam through Windows. Click in the top right-hand corner of Windows and select the «Search» charm, or use the search box in thee Start Menu or taskbar, and type «device manager.» When the device manager launches, expand the section beside «Imaging Devices» and then right-click on your webcam and choose «Disable.»

Some software may also allow you to choose to use a webcam built into your computer or an external one. In that case, you might not need to actually disable one camera to activate another.

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There are two ways to connect your iPhone to your Windows computer and use it as a document camera. We will be using iVcam since it is reliable and easy to setup. Please follow the instructions below to install iVcam and connect it with your iPhone and computer.

► If you’re using work computer with no administration right; please talk to the consultant at the Engineering Help Desk, 319-335-5055 for assistant.
► To use iVcam without an advertisement pops up; you will need to purchase a full version. Go to iVcam setting and look for purchase a full version.

Use iVcam via Wi-Fi

Go to Appstore on your phone. Search and download iVcam.

Once iVcam is installed on your iPhone; open up a browser on your computer and go to https://www.e2esoft.com/iVcam/. Download the Windows version appropriate for your computer. Follow the prompt to install the software.

After the installation is completed; open iVcam app on your iPhone and on your computer. If your phone is already connected to Wi-Fi; iVcam connection will be established instantly. You can share your screen via Zoom meeting, Panopto or Skype for Business.

Use iVcam via cable:

One extra step required, if you’re using cable instead of Wi-Fi. First, follow the instruction above to get iVcam installed on your phone and computer.

Next, on your computer; go to menu then search and launch Microsoft Store. Search for iTunes. Click “Get” to download then follow the prompt to complete the installation.

Once iTunes is installed; connect your phone to your computer using the appropriate cable. Run iTunes and sync it with your phone. Launch iVcam and the connection will be established instantly.

Note: if you’re using a free version, your screen will be flipped each time an advertisement pops up. Locate the flip screen icon in the app and use it to flip the screen back.

For assistance please talk to the consultant at the Engineering Help Desk, 319-335-5055, 1253 SC.

Your phone’s main camera will produce a higher quality image than the selfie camera, and with more options for zooming and focusing as well. The iPhone 11 , Samsung Galaxy S20 and many other premium smartphones have sharper resolution at 1080p than the latest MacBook models , which has a 720p webcam built in. For best results for using your phone as a webcam, use that rear camera instead of the front-facing selfie camera.

The webcam apps and video chatting apps will often allow you to select options like video resolution, quality and orientation, as well as focus, white balance and color effects.

How to Activate a Webcam Without a Disc

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Webcams allow you to record video clips on your computer and help you to keep in touch with friends on video chat services. Many laptop computers ship with integrated webcams along with the software you need to run the device. Standalone webcams come with software on a disc that you need to install on your desktop or laptop computer before you can activate and use the webcam. If you don’t have the webcam installation software disc, download it from the support section of the manufacturer’s website.

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Find the webcam’s make and model details on the side or bottom of the device. Alternatively, check the webcam’s original packaging or user guide for this information.

Launch your Web browser and go to the webcam manufacturer’s website. Click “Support” in the main navigation menu.

Type the webcam’s name, model or style details into the Search input box. On some manufacturer websites, you may need to select these details from pull-down menus on the Support page.

Click the “Downloads” or “Software” option from the webcam’s product support information page.

Find the latest software package for your webcam in the list of available downloads. This contains the same drivers and operational software that you’d get on the webcam’s installation disc. Click the “Download” button, then select “Save As” to download the software to your computer. Set a download location folder or use the default download folder. Wait for the file to download.

Go to the file download location on your computer. Double-click the file to install the software on your computer.

Plug the webcam connection cable into a free port on the computer. Launch the software to use your webcam.

  • If you can’t find the correct software on the manufacturer’s website, contact the manufacturer via the support email or helpline number published on the website.
  • Don’t connect your webcam to the computer until after you’ve installed the software.

Resources

  • Logitech: Support
  • Microsoft Hardware: Downloads

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Adrian Grahams began writing professionally in 1989 after training as a newspaper reporter. His work has been published online and in various newspapers, including «The Cornish Times» and «The Sunday Independent.» Grahams specializes in technology and communications. He holds a Bachelor of Science, postgraduate diplomas in journalism and website design and is studying for an MBA.

Getting started with ManyCam

1. What is ManyCam?

ManyCam is a free webcam software and video switcher that allows you to enhance your video chats and create live streams on multiple platforms at the same time. With ManyCam, you’ll be able to create professional-looking broadcasts on your favorite platforms, record your screen, add many effects, add music, apply green screen, draw over your video, add multiple webcams to your stream, share your screen, connect your mobile and IP cameras, stream games and many more.

2. How does ManyCam work?

As shown below, ManyCam allows you to pick a video source for your stream, adjust it by applying effects and various multimedia settings, and start streaming/recording.

The video sources you select and any changes you introduce to your feed will appear in the Main Live Window – the largest window that shows the output picture with all the effects and settings currently applied.

The output image you see in the Main Live Window is being transmitted to the application where you selected ManyCam Virtual Webcam as a video source. By clicking on the Main Live window, you can choose the output video source: your web cameras, game, IP cameras, your desktop area, media files, YouTube videos, cameras of your mobile devices or some blank images.

3. How to activate ManyCam?

1. Download ManyCam from our official website: download.manycam.com
2. Install and launch ManyCam
3. In the app, navigate to ManyCam SettingsAccount and log in with the ManyCam account you created during the purchase.

4. Then go to SettingsSubscriptions and make sure your subscription is enabled.

4. How do I add a webcam?

1. Open ManyCam and right-click on the Main Live window
2. Select the webcam or another source you need from the drop-down list. Learn more about ManyCam’s video sources: All available sources

3. Select your microphone as an Audio Input and select your speakers as a Playback Device in ManyCam’s Audio Settings

To add multiple webcams/video sources to a single feed, use the Picture-in-Picture mode.

5. Setting up ManyCam before going live

  1. Select the video source you want to go live with (see above)
  2. Select the resolution (recommended 720p or 1080p) in the Video settings
  3. Select the FPS rate (recommended 30 FPS)
  4. Set up your Audio settings (select your microphone as an Audio Input, select your speakers as a Playback Device)
  5. Apply effects if your broadcast requires any (ManyCam effects, Chroma key, Lower third, etc).
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6. How do I use ManyCam with a website/application?

Video settings (Webcam)

To use ManyCam as a webcam in an application or on a website, you need to select ManyCam Virtual Webcam as a video source in Video settings.

The output image you see in ManyCam’s Main Live Window is being transmitted to an application/website where ManyCam Virtual Webcam is selected as a video source.

See how it’s done in Skype:


Audio settings (microphone and playback device)

  1. Set your native microphone as an Audio Input and your speakers as a Playback Device in ManyCam’s Audio Settings.
  2. Select ManyCam Virtual Microphone as a microphone source (audio input device) in the Audio settings of an app/website you are going to connect ManyCam with. Learn more here.

7. How do I go live on Facebook with ManyCam?

1. Select the Live video option from your news feed

2. Select ManyCam Virtual Webcam as a Video source and Go Live

Learn about other ways to go live on Facebook: How to stream to Facebook Live with ManyCam

How to stream to other platforms: RTMP streaming

8. How do I make a recording?

  1. In case you need to capture the audio feed, make sure you’ve added your microphone or other audio input devices.
  2. Press the record button , the video will start recording. On the left, there will be a timer showing the current length of the recording.
  3. If you want to skip some of the material being recorded, press the pause recording button that appears to the left to the start recording button during the recording session. Once resumed, ManyCam will continue recording to the same video file.
  4. To end your recording session, you will need to click on the stop recording button. This will save the recorded file to the specified location.

By default, all recorded videos are added to the ManyCam Gallery and saved to user’s profile folder on your computer’s hard drive.

MacOS default location: /Users/user_name/Movies/ManyCam

Windows default location: C:Usersuser_nameVideosManyCam

9. How do I connect a mobile device?

10. How do I replace my background?

Navigate to the Virtual background tab in manyCam and enable the feature as shown below.

11. How do I apply a custom watermark and set a custom name for ManyCam’s Virtual Webcam (Windows only)?

This setting is available in the General tab of the ManyCam settings.
(ManyCam menuSettingsGeneral).

Click browse and add your watermark. An image with a transparent background is preferable.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Installation and configuration

How do I install this webcam?

The webcam functions with the built-in functionality of the computer.

— Connect the webcam to the computer
— Set both the webcam (and its microphone) as the default sound input and sound output device on the computer.
— On Windows 10: Make sure the webcam (and its microphone) are allowed in the Privacy settings to be used by applications
— The webcam is ready to use.

When you use the webcam with an application such as Skype / Teams / Zoom, you have to set the webcam and its microphone as the default sound device in the settings of that application too.

Where can I get drivers for my Trust product?

This product doesn’t need any drivers to function.
Just connect and the product should work.

Solving problems

When I use the webcam in an application the resolution is 640 x 480, not 1280 x 1024. Why is this?

The maximum resolution of this webcam is 1280 x 1024, If you have a different resolution (640 x 480) then this is set in the program and the program does not support the higher (1280 x 1024) resolution. We advise to check the settings or test the webcam in a program where a higher resolution is supported.

The camera doesn’t work correctly with Skype, but functions with other apps in Windows 10.

We would advise to use the Skype desktop app instead of the browser version.
Also make sure to download this app from the Skype website rather than from the Windows App store.

The fps is lower than 30 fps in my webcam program?

Factors that affect the maximum webcam’s frame rate (fps) include the program that is used, the amount of light in the room, and the available bandwidth. Make sure you’re getting the best frame rate possible by recording in bright lighting conditions, and not running running several USB-devices simultaneously on the computer.

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My webcam image is flipped / reversed / mirrored

Check the image orientation in the application that you are using the webcam with. This setting is either normal or mirrored.

Please note that in some meeting applications the «selfview» (or preview) may be flipped but the other participant(s) in the meeting will see it the correct way.

The webcam is not working in my chat program (Teams, Zoom, Skype, etc.)

— Make sure that webcam has been correctly installed
— When using Windows 10: Make sure the webcam (and if applicable, its microphone) are allowed in the Privacy settings to be used by the application
— In order to use the webcam with a program, we would advise you to select the Trust webcam as the default video and audio recording device in the configuration menu from the software you are trying to use the webcam with.
— For more information, please refer to software’s user information or contact the manufacturer for specific troubleshooting, which is usually available via the website of the manufacturer.

Where is your service center? Or where can I send my product to be repaired?

Unfortunately, we do not have service centers to repair products.
A defective product should be replaced by your point of purchase during the warranty period.

My product is faulty. What do I do?

We offer a ‘return to retailer’ warranty on our products. In case of a defect, you can return the product to your retailer with failure description, proof of purchase and all accessories. During the warranty period you will receive a replacement product from the retailer if available. For full warranty conditions you can consult: https://www.trust.com/support/warranty

Compatibility

Does this product function on Linux systems?

This particular product has been developed for use with the Windows operating systems only. Therefore drivers or installation instructions for other operating systems such as Linux are not available. Nor is in fact the use of this product in any way supported with other operating systems, which don’t meet our product’s specifications and requirements.

We recognize that products that are designed for a certain device or system, sometimes do (partially) function on other devices or systems. However, we don’t test, nor guarantee, nor support compatibility with any other device or system, unless it is specifically stated.

Hardware Options

Software can only get you so far. If you have a camera that’s not supported by any apps, but still want to use it as a webcam, there are some hardware options.

You just need to make sure that you can output a video signal via HDMI—to test this, plug your camera into your TV and see if there’s a picture. Also importantly, see if you can turn off distracting user interface elements from the video signal. Most interchangeable lens models with HDMI can, but it’s worth it to check.

Products like the Elgato Cam Link 4K ($130) and the BlackMagic ATEM Mini ($295) bridge the gap between HDMI and USB. Connect either to your PC or Mac via USB, then plug your camera in via HDMI, and you’ll be able to use it as a webcam. You’ll need to spend some more money, but if you already own a nice camera without its own webcam support app, you might find them to be better investments than a standalone webcam.

If you’re digital camera isn’t supported, and you’d prefer a standalone webcam to a something like the Cam Link, head over to our guide on how to buy the best webcam to suit your needs.

Does my laptop have a built-in webcam?

Using an external webcam with a laptop is possible, but sometimes a bit more clunky if placed on top of the laptop screen. The laptop screen is very thin, causing an external webcam to be less stable when mounted to the top of the screen.

Today, some laptops feature a built-in webcam, eliminating the need for an external webcam. However, the built-in webcam is not easy to see and easy to miss. In most cases, laptop webcams are located in the middle of the top edge of your laptop screen, in the plastic casing.

The built-in webcam is usually 1/2″ or less in size. It may be a small, dark circle, or it may be a small dark square, with a slightly less dark circle inside it. Pictured below are two examples of a built-in webcam on the top edge of a laptop screen.

If your laptop has a feature similar to the pictures above, your laptop likely has a built-in webcam.

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