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Article Number: 7 | Last Updated: Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 10:49 AM
What are your recommended specifications for webcams?
We've tested several different cameras, listed below, but in general, webcams that meet our recommended specifications should be satisfactory for your use. Most webcams on the market today are in the $30-$60 price range and meet these specifications:
What are the minimum specifications for webcams?
Any webcam used with our VRI service should meet at least the following minimum specifications:
Keep in mind that cameras meeting these specifications but not the recommended specifications will work adequately with VRI, but will not provide the same level of image quality.
What specific webcams have you tested?
The following have been tested on laptop and desktop PCs:
The following have been tested on Macintosh computers:
The following webcams should not be used due to various incompatibility issues:
Can I use the integrated webcam that came with my PC/Mac laptop or desktop?
We always prefer external webcams rated at 720p or better. However, we do support integrated webcams.
Can I use the webcam drivers that came with my computer?
If you use an external webcam, please install the proper software drivers that came with your webcam. Using generic webcam drivers found on most computers could result in reduced video and audio quality.
If you use an integrated webcam, or if your external webcam came pre-installed with your computer, then the webcam drivers already on your computer are probably suitable for your webcam.
How do I prevent my webcam from being stolen?
While this won't completely foil someone, a simple trick to deter theft is to use a flat metal washer with a 1/2"-diameter hole along with a standard computer security cable and follow the procedure found in this article: http://dltj.org/article/flat-washer-protects-cables/
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