How to Use Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000
By Duke Hampton
For communicating with friends, family and co-workers in real time using a computer, it's tough to beat the ease and convenience of a Webcam. Microsoft's LifeCam VX-3000 blends those factors with impressive specifications such as 640-by-480-pixel resolution, high-definition photos and a universal attachment base. Even if this is your first time using a Webcam, the VX-3000 is simple to configure and use, whether you need the device for capturing video, capturing audio or even taking pictures.
Set Up and Use the VX-3000
Install the software using the included CD and plug the LifeCam into a free USB port. For desktop use, place the LifeCam on a clear spot on your desk that's free of other objects, including cables. The camera should not be more than an arm's length away from you. For LCD (or similar object) use, push the center part of the camera's base upward, place the camera on the LCD and close the base around the monitor to secure it.
Open the device software by clicking the Microsoft LifeCam icon on your Windows desktop. If no such icon exists on your Windows desktop, click "Start," click "All Programs" and locate the Microsoft LifeCam program in the list of programs there. After launching the LifeCam program, look at the image that appears. If necessary, adjust the camera to more precisely reflect your appearance. For best results, try to center the camera image on your head and shoulders.
Click the video camera icon on the bottom panel of the LifeCam program to begin video capture. Video will begin recording, and you will see a "Recording Video" message beneath the live video image. To stop recording, press the same icon (the icon will have a red square with a blue background during recording).
To begin audio capture, click the microphone icon on the bottom panel. To stop the audio recording, click the same icon (again, it will have a red square with a blue background during recording). To snap a photo, click the camera icon on the bottom panel.
Access any of your captured video, audio or image files by clicking the folder on the bottom panel. The VX-3000 also provides the ability to edit video or image files using supported software. After snapping a photo or capturing video, click the "Edit" icon that appears beneath the thumbnail of the captured content.
- Adjust the clarity of the VX-3000 by spinning the black dial surrounding the lens. Access Windows Live Call by pressing the button on top of the VX-3000.
Duke Hampton is a freelance writer who has covered a wide range of expertise areas, including computing, fitness, and others. He has written for nationally recognized magazines and publications, such as eHow, and has worked as a computer and network consultant in various areas of the IT industry.