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A Zoom question.

Colin Howard
 

Greetings,

Please can anybody advise what kind of webcam I can purchase. Currently
using Windows7 on a desktop, I want it to be purely plug-in-and-use, with no
additional setup, in colour, presumably with a mike, the WebCam, capable of
simply standing on a desk or table useable from a un-powered USB hub.

Presently, I only have an USB mike but would like to show video of my self
when attending meetings.

I assume when, in the Zoom I am advised video is off, some kind of switch on
the cam ought to put it on, same with mike which when I join I am advised
audio is muted. This, I unmute using alt with a as instructed by the Zoom
system.

I have no sight and no readily accessible sighted assistance, therefore, the
WebCam for which I am looking must be totally accessible for me.

Where can I obtain such a basic WebCam please?

Thanks.



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Joe Paton
 

Colin,
I think it was called the life-cam, from Microsoft.
You will be verry lucky to buy anything in U K outlets at present.

A big shortage due to the accelleration of online meetings and so on.
requiring camera and mic kits.
So much so, that a company we work with, have bought there employees
laptops, and are using the in-built web cams and microphones because
they can not locate any camera's or microphones for remote working.
But when available, The Microsoft Life-cam, retailed for about 28 uk
pounds, and really easy to set up, clips to the top edge of your monitor.
Plug and play, beeing microsoft, drivers already on most windows 7, 8
and windows 10 systems.
Good luck.

A reasonable microphone for the job you want it to do.

Colin Howard
 

Joe,

thanks.

I'll look it up but am aware of possible delays.

Meantime, I received the following email which would seem to answer most, if
not all my needs. A friend has an amazon account I don't, will ask them to
purchase for me. I've written back to the original sender to ask if the
system needs power or can obtain enough if plugged into an USB un-powered
hub.

Email follows:

********************
Possible WebCam for Zoom.

From: Mike <mike@...>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2020 13:49:10 +0100

Hi Colin

I recently bought this camera from Amazon for about £50 (link below).

https://amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07FNB2KDQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Very easy to use, USB connection, no set up or drivers required, it just
works when plugged in, on a Windows 10 machine anyway.

It includes an integrated microphone and no switches required. Zoom uses
Alt + A to switch mike on or off and Alt + V to switch video on or off.

The camera is designed to hook over a monitor but will stand on a flat
surface with tilt and also has a standard threaded hole in the base to
accept a camera tripod or similar.

I'm sure there are cheaper but this one is good quality and provides HD
video.

Hope that helps, good luck

Kind Regards,
Mike
Chair
ROCKTALK TN Stirling
mike@...

On Mon, 18 May 2020 14:50:05 +0100, "Joe Paton" <joe@...>
wrote:

-Colin,
-I think it was called the life-cam, from Microsoft.
-You will be verry lucky to buy anything in U K outlets at present.
-
-A big shortage due to the accelleration of online meetings and so on.
-requiring camera and mic kits.
-So much so, that a company we work with, have bought there employees
-laptops, and are using the in-built web cams and microphones because
-they can not locate any camera's or microphones for remote working.
-But when available, The Microsoft Life-cam, retailed for about 28 uk
-pounds, and really easy to set up, clips to the top edge of your monitor.
-Plug and play, beeing microsoft, drivers already on most windows 7, 8
-and windows 10 systems.
-Good luck.
-
-A reasonable microphone for the job you want it to do.
-
-
-
-
-
-


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Joe Paton
 

looks good colin.

Availability is the problem these days, but I'm interested myself.


take care, thanks for the information.
Joe

Colin Howard
 

Joe,

I asked the original sender if the cam needs power, it seems it can be
powered even from an USB hub like mine.

I've sent the info via my P.A to her son who has an Amazon account, hope he
is able to order it for me to be delivered at my home address, hope, then,
it is a simple process of plugging in, finding the device in my Windows 7
sounds and audio devices and enabling same.

However, before attempting this, hope to avail myself of a pair of eyes to
peruse the documentation rather than go ploughing in feet first and possibly
damaging my system!

On a personla note, you did not come back to me about Paul David's online
problems whereas both Terry and Kevin did. It seems he's now sorted, had an
engineer out yesterday evening to replace his faulty power unit.

On Wed, 20 May 2020 20:21:09 +0100, "Joe Paton" <joe@...>
wrote:

-looks good colin.
-
-Availability is the problem these days, but I'm interested myself.
-
-
-take care, thanks for the information.
-Joe
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