How To Use A Webcam

How To Use A Webcam

Keeping up on new technology and becoming familiar with new software can be an intimidating task. Videojug walks users through the learning process in a series of simple steps, making it easy for anyone to start video calling today!

So, what I'm going to show you is how to use a web cam. Now, first of all, what exactly is a web cam? Well, it's a special camera that connects to your computer that allows you see the images the camera sees, either on your screen but also across a network on somebody else's screen. Now, where it really comes in on its own is video calling, so you can basically phone up your relatives in Australia or America or wherever and have a video conversation with them.

So, to be able to do this, there's a few things; you'll need a computer, you'll need a web cam if you're going to be calling somebody somewhere else, then you'll need a network, an internet connection, but also you'll need a program to make that internet call with. So first of all, let's take a look at a web cam. So here's an example of a web cam, and really it's just a small camera with a cable that plugs into your PC or into your Mac, this one here uses a USB connection as I think most of them do, and they're very simple to install and just follow the setup guide for your web cam that you got from the shop.

Normally, you put the web cam up on top of the screen, and it'll come with a program that you can use. So, here on this Microsoft one – tada! And there's me, on the screen, a bit scary as it is, but it doesn't let you make video calls to other web cam users. For that, you need a special piece of software, and one of the most popular pieces of software these days is called Skype.

Other examples include Microsoft Windows Live Messenger or perhaps even Yahoo Messenger. Now, another thing to know is a lot of laptops and even desktops these days actually have a web cam built in. Let's take a look at one of these.

Now, this here is an apple Macintosh and you can see across the top of the screen there is actually a web cam, and on a lot of these you'll see a little light comes on when the web cam's active, that's just so you know that the web cam's filming you. So, to show you exactly how Skype can work with a web cam, I'm going to call my friend George. So to call George, first of all, I bring up my contact list and I can see a list of people who are online at the moment which includes George.

So on the right hand side, there's a little green camera, so I click on that to start a video call. Here we go. So you can see now that the green light has come on, on the camera and presumably my friend George can see me and if I move my window about - there he is! "Hello, George"! So, George is actually speaking to me on the iPhone, and a recent development is that from the iPhone 4 and above, it has a built in web cam at the front so applications like Skype can use them in the same way that your Mac or desktop works.

You can make and receive video calls on-the-go. And that's really about it. It's really simple to make a video call.

I've just done it, and so can you. Keeping up on new technology and becoming familiar with new software can be an intimidating task. Videojug walks users through the learning process in a series of simple steps, making it easy for anyone to start video calling today!.