Need to use web cam as video

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by kroger, May 13, 2005.

  1. kroger

    kroger Guest

    Hi all, I am completely new to this.

    I am running subjects for brain research in a small dark room in my
    laboratory, and need to monitor them for movmenent without looking in
    the room. They run in dark or near darkness.

    I would like to try this with a webcam. I purchased a cheap infrared
    webcam (you can see on here:

    But there is virtually no documentation. Some software called AMCap is
    included but when run just tells me I have no capture hardware and
    won't do anything.

    I only want to see a live, good-quality video of the subject, so I can
    see if they move or are moving their eyes or blinking a lot.

    What (preferrably free) software can I use? Will Microsoft Netmeeting
    or Messenger, included with Windows XP, work?

    kroger, May 13, 2005
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    marks542004 Guest

    The description on the link shows Netmeeting so that should work.

    There are also some freebie capture utilities for webcam use. Try
    searchiing google for "webcam capture usb freeware"
    marks542004, May 14, 2005
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  3. So you asked "how", but I ask "why"?

    Seems to me that you need something more like a conventional
    "survelience" video camera. Puts out conventional composite
    video which you can view on any TV monitor. Wide choice of
    cameras (even those with great low-light, and IR performance,
    etc.) Lots available both new and used for very good prices.

    Using a "web cam" just seems like a kludge and an unnecessary
    complication to your life. Unless there was some other compelling
    reason you didn't mention.
    Richard Crowley, May 14, 2005
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    Jukka Aho Guest

    Can't speak for the original poster, but just to give some food for

    Jukka Aho, May 14, 2005
  5. kroger

    kroger Guest

    Yes, there is, sorry.

    I note most webcam software do motion detection. I'm hoping that I may
    be able to use or modify them to send a time marker signal when our
    subject moves, to our EEG data collection computer. This would vastly
    speed up reviewing the data for movement artifacts.

    Otherwise, I'd just take the route you mention. Just about as cheap.

    kroger, May 14, 2005
  6. kroger wrote ...
    Then, as is the case with many situations, you might be better off
    finding/developing software that does what you need, and work
    backwards and select a video solution that the software talks to.
    Selecting a cheap webcam and then trying to get it to do something
    new seems like the hard-way-around.
    Richard Crowley, May 14, 2005
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    kroger Guest

    Thanks for the reply. Is "capture" software or hardware what is needed,
    when you want to use a webcam as a live video camera for

    kroger, May 16, 2005
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