a question about webcams (i really think this is not a FAQ)

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    i’m not asking the same old questions about which webcam should i buy…
    i need a webcam just to practice with animation (i plan to buy a DV camera) so i’m going to spend about 20 euros.
    my question is: when i read webcam descrptions like this one

    , True mp sensor 1,3 MegaPixel, 30 frame/s, photo 5 Mpixel,

    should i consider 1.3 mp or 5 mp when the webcam is used with software such as animator dv, stopmotion pro etc?


    First of all:you want to be very careful when buying webcams.For example, i bought a microsoft lifecam VX5000, it was good definition and looked pretty good BUT, it didnt comply with my stopmotion software: monkeyjam.Also it can depend on what software you use, such as Stopmotion pro, it can be compatible with most cameras, or monkeyjam, which is freeware with some compatibility.(Example).So, when you are buying a webcam from a retailer, (and make sure they are smart ones)Ask questions relating to stopmotion such as=
    -Does this camera comply with image capture programs?
    -Does this camera only work with certain software?
    -Is this camera capable of Auto focus or manual focus for closeups?

    EDIT: For a webcam, i heard success using a logitech quickcam pro 8000, I use to animate with webcams but now i animate with a camera.

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    i’d like to use animator dv free version or helium frog.
    i am thinking to buy a Logitech – C300

    o OS: Windows® XP (SP2 or higher)
    Processor: 1 GHz (1.6 GHz recommended)
    RAM: 256 MB RAM (512 MB RAM recommended)
    o OS: Windows Vista® or Windows® 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)
    Processor: 1 GHz (1.6 GHz recommended)
    RAM: 512 MB RAM or more
    o 200 MB hard-drive space
    o CD-ROM drive
    o OS-compatible sound card and speakers
    o 1.1 USB port (2.0 recommended)
    o For the best Internet-calling experience, we suggest the following:
    Dual-core CPU with 1 GB RAM
    Broadband Internet with 256 kbps upload or higher

    Technical Specifications

    o True 1.3-megapixel sensor (1280 x 1024 pixels)
    o Video capture: up to 1280 x 1024 pixels
    o Photos: up to 5.0 megapixels (software enhanced)
    o Up to 30-frames-per-second video (with recommended systems)
    o Built-in microphone with Logitech® RightSound™ technology
    o Hi-Speed USB 2.0 certified
    o Universal clip fits notebooks, LCD or CRT monitors
    o Snapshot button for capturing photos
    o Manual focus

    Logitech® webcam software

    o Logitech® Vid™
    o Capture videos and images
    o E-mail videos and images
    o YouTube™ upload (registration required)
    o Logitech® Video Effects™ Fun Filters

    o Works with most instant messaging applications

    Package Contents

    o Webcam with 1.8 m (6-foot) USB cable
    o Logitech® webcam software CD
    o User documentation
    o 2-year limited hardware warranty

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    bbricks had some good tips. the best camera to get for webcams is the logitch quickcam 9000, but that is a round 70 $U.S and you mentioned you just want a cheap camera to mess around and practice…well then i would suggest that you just use common sense and compare prices online and make sure that it is compatible with whatever software you decide to use.

    if you want an example of what i use: i use monkeyjam and quickcam 9000 for frame capture. monkeyjam is free and the 9000 i alreday mentioned the price above. i would say if you are planning to do lots of films you might as well go with the 9000 as you will not have to get a better camera again (unless it breaks) because if you start out with a crappy camera for 20euros and then decide you want better, then you would have spent 20 euros more than necessary.


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    anyway….the software is gonna capture at 1megapixel or 5??


    By software if you mean stopmotion software, it will always take the max amount of pixels your camera or webcam can take, its just a matter of its compliable as in the software detected it. AGAIN- i bought a microsoft VX8000 and when i hooked it up, it said there was no webcam hooked up.So it will capture at 5 mega pixels but according to your specs it says 5MP is only software enhanced.Which sounds to me like you will have to retouch every picture.Ask FLIPaBRIK. Im still new to stopmotion

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    from what i gather by “software enhanced” is that no matter what it takes it at, the software will “enhance” it to 5mp. this should not be too big of a problem.

    EDIT: software as in software that comes with the camera. this isn’t necessarily editing software but just the engine that will come up to take the snapshots, put it on manual focus and change the lighting settings. once again though, i can not be completely sure as i have never experienced that webcam personally. but i am assuming it would have relatively the same type of software as my 9000 since they are both Logitech cameras (if you are still thinking of that cam)


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    Mainly, if I were you, just find a webcam with more than 5 megapixels or so, I use a sony Handycam camcorder that shoots like 12 mp, and I use my logitech quickcam9000 which has some good quality. :D

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