How to Use a Laptop Webcam
With today's ever increasing bandwidth, it makes good sense to get the most out of the available technology. Web cameras offer a great way to harness excess bandwidth in order to save money. From VoIP to full-blown conferencing, webcams let you significantly cut back on communications spending. Figure out the ways of how to use a laptop webcam to suit your particular needs.
First: Initiate installation
Plug the male USB cable from the webcam into an empty female USB socket on your computer. After a few seconds, the operating system should prompt you to install the driver. Insert the installation disk and select "Yes" from the prompt window. This initiates installation of the drivers and software.
Second: Perform fine-tuning
Once the camera is installed and in place, you can start adjusting the software settings. Navigate to the options or settings section in your webcam software. Adjust the camera resolution and speaker/microphone levels. After completing these operations, fix up the camera focus by adjusting the ring around the lens.
Third: Start recording
Once the settings are tuned, you can get down to business and start using the device. Communication programs like Windows Live, Yahoo Messenger, Skype and ICQ are bundled in the installed software package are accessed from within. Launch the service you wish to use, and enter your contact number. Add names and numbers to your contact list by entering in the user ID or email address. Use the webcam's built-in microphone for straight voice communication, or access the video feature by enabling the appropriate camera button.