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Visual Communication Camera
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Introduction This camera is a USB 2.0 compatible visual communication camera. The camera enables you to use the TV telephone function on your computer. These are the following features. • 1.3 Mega-pixel CMOS sensor and microphone. • Shoot moving and still images, and transfer as video mail with the supplied “VAIO Camera Capture Utility” software. • Various camera settings, such as Backlight compensation adjustment and brightness, added effects, such as setting a frame, etc., with “VGP- UVC100 de
• If you display over a million-pixels, this camera is necessarily connected to the connector with Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0). • It is necessary to install the software from the supplied installation disc, in order to use the camera. Names of Parts Lens Focus ring Microphone CAPTURE button Arm plate Arm Setting up Checking the supplied accessories Remove the camera from the box and make sure that the box contains the accessories listed below. If any of the accessories are missing, contact the Sony d
Installing the driver and the software Install the VGP-UVC100 device driver for using the camera on the computer. You can install “VAIO Camera Capture Utility” software for capturing still images and movies. Notes • Make sure that your disk drive, such as CD-ROM drive etc., is available for use on your computer. In this manual, the CD-ROM drives or multiple disk drives are referred to as “the CD-ROM drive.” For details on how to connect a CD-ROM drive, refer to the manuals provided with your com
Notes • Do not disconnect/reconnect the camera’s USB cable while your Windows operating system is starting up or shutting down; doing so may cause the camera or your computer to malfunction. • Carefully disconnect/reconnect the USB cable of the camera; doing it quickly might result in unstable operation of your computer. • This camera is designed to constantly secure a fixed amount of USB bandwidth for data transfer to display high-quality images. Therefore, if you use a USB hub to connect USB c
Placing horizontally If the camera is to be put on a flat and stable place, such as on the CRT display, the computer, etc., do the following: 1 Turn the arm and arm plate towards you. 2 Put the camera on a stable surface. Removing the camera Note When your computer is off, you do not need to perform step 1 below. However, if you disconnect the USB cable while your computer is in power-saving mode, and then connect it again, the camera may not be detected. 1 Close the software used by the camera.
Using the Camera This section describes how to use the camera. Notes • When using the camera for the first time, make sure that you install the driver and the software before connecting the camera to your computer. For installation details, see “Installing the driver and the software” (page 5). • When using software that can be used with this camera, do not disconnect/reconnect the cameras USB cable while running the software or when starting up or quitting. Doing so can cause the computer to b
“VAIO Camera Capture Utility” software * The language which appears on the screen varies depending on the region. 1 Finder view 2 Mode selection buttons 3 CAPTURE button Changes function depending on the mode. Still mode: Capture Movie mode: Record (while recording is stopped) Stop (while recording is progress) 4 Data operation buttons 5 Thumbnail view z Hint “VAIO Camera Capture Utility” is activated in the following way: click “Start”, point to “All programs” and “VAIO Camera Capture Utility”,
4 Focus the camera on an object and make any necessary adjustments, such as brightness. z Hints • The initial size of a still image is 1,280 × 1,024. Use the “VAIO Camera Capture Utility” software to change the size of a still or moving image. Note When the size of a still image is 1,280 × 1,024, some “Effects” functions and the “Zoom” function are not activated. If you want to use these functions, change the size of the still image. • We recommend using the “Mirror” function. To change the sett
z Hints • The “VAIO Camera Capture Utility” software enables you to do the following. For details, refer to the help section of “VAIO Camera Capture Utility.” – To set up the image quality or mode – To send images by e-mail • When the “VAIO Camera Capture Utility” software is used, the still image format is JPEG. • It is possible to shoot moving images using the “Windows Movie Maker” software, which is packaged with Windows XP. Refer to the help section of the “Windows Movie Maker” software on h
Closing the “VAIO Camera Capture Utility” software Click , which is on the top right of the “VAIO Camera Capture Utility” screen. Changing the camera setting To adjust the brightness, Backlight compensation, etc., go to “Property” of “VGP-UVC100 device driver.” In the “Property” screen, you can adjust the zoom or set up the frame. To display the “Property” screen Right-click the icon of the notification area, then click “Advanced Settings.” z Hint If this camera’s software is not started, “Adva
x“Effects” setting screen In the “Effects” setting screen, change the following setting items: – Effect – Frame Note Functions of the “Zoom” setting screen and the “Effects” setting screen cannot be used simultaneously. If you cannot use the “Effects” setting screen, deactivate “Enable Zoom” box or “Face Tracking” box in the “Zoom” setting screen. x“Zoom” setting screen In the “Zoom” setting screen, change the following setting items: – Zoom adjustment To use the zoom function, check the “Enable
Facing the camera on the opposite side The camera rotates as shown in the illustration below. You do not need to re-mount the camera to face the camera from the other direction. Adjusting the volume of the camera's built-in microphone Note Displayed names and screens vary depending on the model. 1 Double-click , which is on the task bar. “Volume control” appears. 2 Click the “Option” menu and select “Property.” “Property” appears. 3 Select “Sony USB Microphone (VGP-UVC100)” in the mixer device a
4 Check if the microphone input is effectively set up. Make sure that checkbox for all mute is not checked. If it is checked, click the checkbox to uncheck it. 5 Adjust the microphone volume. Use the slider to adjust the volume. The setup is complete, after sound is heard on “VAIO Camera Capture Utility” software. When the built-in microphone does not work With certain types of software, you need to switch the audio input device manually to the camera’s built-in microphone. 1 Click “Start,” then
Confirming Installing and Proceeding with Uninstalling Checking that the driver is installed 1 Mount the camera to your computer. For details, see “Mounting the camera” (page 6). 2 Click “Start”, right-click “My Computer”, and then click “Properties”. The “System Properties” dialog box appears. 3 Click the “Hardware” tab, and then click the “Device Manager” button. The “Device Manager” window appears. 4 Click the plus symbol (+) to the left of “Imaging Device” in the “Device Manager” window. If
Uninstalling the driver If the driver is not installed correctly, follow the steps below to uninstall, and then reinstall the driver. Notes • Log on as Administrator before uninstalling the driver. • Remove the USB device except this camera’s device from your computer before uninstalling the driver. • Before uninstalling the driver, close the software applications used with the camera, such as the “Windows Movie Maker” software, etc. 1 Mount the camera to your computer. For details, see “Mountin
• Avoid placing the camera in locations subject to sudden temperature changes. Precautions Do not use the camera immediately after moving it from a cold location to a warm location, or after the ambient Usage and storage temperature has risen drastically. locations Otherwise, condensation may occur inside the camera. Let the camera stand Do not use or store this product in the for a moment before using it. following locations. Doing so may damage the camera. • Do not turn around the camera force
• Do not touch the data side of the disc Cleaning the lens (opposite the label), and hold the disc as shown below. Remove any dust from the front of the lens using a blower brush or soft brush. Cleaning the disc • Fingerprints and other contamination on the disc surface can lead to reading • Do not scratch the disc. errors. Always keep the disc clean. • Do not store the disc in locations subject • To clean the disc, lightly wipe it from to high humidity, high temperatures, the center outwards. d
For customers in Europe Getting Help ❑VAIO-Link. For addresses and numbers, refer to http://www.vaio-link.com/ This section provides information on how to get help and support from Sony, and on troubleshooting tips for your Visual For customers in other Communication Camera. countries and regions ❑VAIO Website provides Frequently About Sony’s support Asked Questions and solutions. options vaio-online.sony.com/ Sony provides several support options for your Visual Communication Camera. When you h
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