webcams

What does my streaming video look better from my smartphone than my desktop?

Logitech C930

Episode 1522

Dave from Paris, CA

Dave is a YouTuber, and when he streams live, it works better using LTE and his smartphone than his webcam and desktop using Wi-Fi. Leo says that in theory, they should be the same. Leo says that his Logitech C930 webcam could be misconfigured. Or, he could consider better lighting. Better lighting is always an improvement and helps the camera to pick exposure, color saturation, etc. At the end of the day, though, his LG smartphone probably just has a better camera.

Can I run a Wyze Cam from my desktop?

Wyze Cam

Episode 1504

Ed from Illinois

Ed bought a Wyze Cam, but he doesn't have a smartphone to control it. Leo says that he would need to get a cell phone or at least a tablet for it to work. eBay is a good place to get one for cheap. Can he run it from a computer using BSD? Leo says probably not. BSD is a good OS, but it's not used by very many people. Also, Wyze hasn't created a desktop app yet.

He could use an Android emulator like Bluestacks, but he may need Windows or Linux to run it.

What's a good mic for video?

Plantronics USB headset

Episode 1490

Leon from Glendale, CA

Leon is a knife and armor blacksmith and makes videos on YouTube. He wants to improve the video quality over a webcam that he uses. He also needs a better microphone. Leo says webcams have a built in microphone that work close up, but from a distance, he'd really need an off camera mic. A USB microphone would work, since Leon uses a webcam. He would just need to configure it in the webcam software while capturing.

Why did my webcam stop working after removing malware?

HP Webcam

Episode 1478

Melanie from Irvine, CA

Melanie finally managed to get her Gmail fixed. After the computer tech removed malware from her computer, her webcam doesn't work. Leo says that there's a lot of people out there that know a lot about computers and considering how bad tech support has gotten, they can be valuable help. But sometimes they can break more than they can fix, and this is one example of that. Leo suspects that while the tech was cleaning out the malware, the malware attached itself to a file and it was then removed. Or, he wiped out Melanie's browser plugins. It's hard to tell.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1404

Logitech’s best webcam ever is the 4k Ultra HD Video BRIO. Record professional-quality video in stunning 4K Ultra HD. (4K requires Skype for Business, a USB 3.0 port and cable - cable not supplied.) With multiple resolutions, including 1080p and 720p, BRIO supports every video app, monitor and bandwidth. Logitech’s first webcam with an infrared sensor supports Windows Hello and other facial recognition applications for speedier logins with a higher level of security. MSRP $199.99.

Microsoft's Anniversary Update to Windows 10 Breaks Most Webcams

Episode 1315

Microsoft had a public beta of the Anniversary Update, called the Windows Insider Program. That means millions of people used the Anniversary Update before it was released. So it's difficult to understand why there have suddenly been so many problems. You can't avoid the Anniversary Update either if you have Windows 10. Among the problems, the latest update breaks most webcams. The reason for this, apparently, is that it broke support for standard compressed video codecs MJPEG and H.264, the format those cameras use. There have also been reports of nonstop blue screens.

What's a good camcorder for video podcasting?

Canon Vixia HF

Episode 1288

Isaiah from San Bernadino, CA

Isaiah has a video podcast and he's looking for a better camera with which to shoot not only in his studio, but also on location. Leo says that camcorders are on their way out, but they're still around. He'll want one that has live video out (via HDMI is best) that he can then connect to his PC (the HDMI port has to be on his PC as well). It really comes down to how much he'll want to spend, and if he already has a still camera, then chances are he already has a camera to do the job.

What's a good webcam for accessing online?

Nest Cam

Episode 1271

John from Indianapolis, IN

John wants to set up webcams on his property and access them at work. Leo says he won't want to host those at home. He'll want to use a third party service for that. It has to run multiple cameras and from all angles through one stream, though. Leo recommends Nest Cams, which he can access online. Streaming all of those cameras will kill his bandwidth, but using one would be fine. It would send the stream to DropCam and then he can access it through a browser which can be accessed by multiple computers.

Why does my webcam crash?

Episode 1260

Brennan from Dallas, TX

Brennan has Windows 10, but his webcam app is crashing. Leo has a hunch that there's a driver issue, and that going to the manufacturer website and updating all the drivers would solve it.

Leo also says to try another program that can use the camera to see if it works. If it doesn't, then it's definitely the camera driver. If it doesn't crash, then it's the camera app that's causing the problem.