Using the LifeCam Cinema with Windows Live.
April 12, 2010 9 Comments
I recently purchased the LifeCam Cinema Webcam from Microsoft, and I thought that I would do a post about how well it all works with the Windows Live Essentials Suite of programs. I was quite surprised at how small this Webcam is considering its features. To look at it resembles a tiny version of an ‘outside’ camera and uses the ‘bendy’ clip so that you can ‘mould’ it around the top of your monitor or laptop. Once you have done this its quite stable. It comes complete with a CD containing the software and of course a USB cable to connect it to your computer. Set up is very straight forward.
All you have to do is install the software from the enclosed CD and then follow the prompts. Once you have your LifeCam Cinema connected then you can set it to your personal preferences by clicking on the blue arrow to the right of the Webcam screen followed by clicking on the Cog icon at the top of the dashboard.
Here you can adjust the volume of the inbuilt microphone, set up your preferred resolution for both still photos and also video captures and depending on which resolution you choose, you can also access the zoom facility and zoom into your subject. There is no need to adjust any focusing as the LifeCam Cinema automatically adjusts the focus. You can also adjust the camera to the left, right, up or down.
I usually have mine set up to 720HD for both my camera shots and also the video shots. You cannot zoom in or pan when using this HD setting. Some of the settings are widescreen to take full advantage of widescreen monitors. So, how well does the LifeCam Cinema work with all of the Windows Live Essentials Suite? Once you have taken either a still capture or a video capture with the LifeCam Cinema webcam , they are all shown below the Webcam window as a small set of stills. Added to this, every shot taken and every video capture will automatically be saved to a LifeCam folder called LifeCam files.
Of course the LifeCam cinema is fully optimised to work with Windows Live Messenger but it also works really well with both Windows Live Photo Gallery, Windows Live Mail where you can send your Webcam photo as a photo email and also Live Movie Maker if you have those programs installed. All that you do is take a picture with the LifeCam webcam, and then if you click onto the small still of your webcam capture you will be presented with three choices, Add tags and share with Windows Live Photo Gallery, Send in e-mail using Windows Live Mail and Make a Movie using Live Movie Maker.
Selecting the Add tags and Share icon takes you straight to Windows Live Photo Gallery edit screen where you can edit the webcam photo, add some tags, give it a caption etc. If you select the Send in e-mail mail icon and you are using Windows Live Mail you can then choose to send your webcam photo via a photo email which is useful if you used the HD resolution as sending such a large file won’t take as long to access for your recipients. The Make a movie choice takes you to Live Movie Maker where you can give your webcam video a title and/or an ending, edit it and add transitions and effects before sharing with others.
You can find out more information about the LifeCam Cinema from HERE.