What Is the Microsoft LifeCam Dashboard?

By Elizabeth Smith

The manual focus setting allows you to blur or sharpen focus on a specific point.
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The LifeCam Dashboard is not part of the standard Windows operating system. When you purchase a LifeCam, the Dashboard is included. If you used the installation CD to install the LifeCam programs onto your computer, you probably already have the Dashboard. If you do not have the software, you can download it from the Microsoft Hardware download center (see Resources). The LifeCam Dashboard is included in the webcam software bundle.

Ensuring Operating System Compatibility

The LifeCam Dashboard is available only to Windows users, with different LifeCam models available on different Windows platforms.The LifeCam Cinema camera offers the Dashboard for Windows XP 32-bit SP2 and later, but is not available for 64-bit systems. The LifeCam VX-1000, on the other hand, does not work with 32-bit Windows XP systems.

Opening the LifeCam Dashboard

Unless you are familiar with the Dashboard location, it can be difficult to find. To open the Dashboard, start a LifeCam session. Use the Windows Charms bar to search for LifeCam and launch the program. In the LifeCam window is a small arrow on the right side which you click to open the LifeCam Dashboard.

Understanding Dashboard Sections

The LifeCam Dashboard is separated into three sections: Effects, Settings and Controls. In the Effects tab, you'll find fun graphic effects that you can apply to your video feed during a webcam session, best used for personal video calls. The Control section allows you to move the webcam and zoom in on a specific part of the screen. In the Settings tab, you can adjust the quality of your video to match the lighting conditions in your computer area.

Previewing Saved Clips

When you're using your LifeCam to create a recorded video project, the Dashboard's preview pane enables you to watch individual clips. At the bottom of the window, you'll see the clip tray, which holds the most recent video assets. When you click on a clip, image, or audio file, it will play in the Dashboard's preview pane.