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Title: Web Cam?
Post by: TrevL on April 22, 2021, 10:35:21 AM
I'm about to get a webcam, my first.  Needing it for Zoom with family.
Are there any recommendations as to which I should get?  Not looking to spend a fortune.
Also, my monitor, connected by HDMI, has two usb ports on the side, will I be able to use one of these ports to plug in the camera, or does it have to be into the PC itself? Thanks.
Title: Re: Web Cam?
Post by: ntpntpntp on April 22, 2021, 11:46:21 AM
I bought a PapaLook HD webcam at the beginning of lockdown last March 2020 for work meetings etc.  Not the cheapest (and daft name!) but it's been very good.

USB ports on monitors are usually just like a hub, in that you still need a lead from the PC to a USB "upstream" port on the monitor, then plug your devices into the other "downstream" ports.   I think some people use these ports to plug keyboard and mouse into the monitor instead of the leads trailing down under the desk to the PC. 

I just plug the camera directly into the PC.
Title: Re: Web Cam?
Post by: Dorsetmike on April 22, 2021, 12:16:52 PM
I bought this one for the Forum zoom meets,  sits on top of the monitor and has a built in mic as well
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08F7GDZYM?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_dt_b_product_details (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08F7GDZYM?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_dt_b_product_details)
Title: Re: Web Cam?
Post by: TrevL on April 25, 2021, 06:57:37 PM
I bought this one for the Forum zoom meets,  sits on top of the monitor and has a built in mic as well
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08F7GDZYM?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_dt_b_product_details (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08F7GDZYM?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_dt_b_product_details)

Could you tell me how long the Usb cable for this is please Mike?
Title: Re: Web Cam?
Post by: Dorsetmike on April 25, 2021, 10:14:23 PM
About 4'6"/1M37, the USB cable carries sound and video (the camera has a built in microphone), I take the sound from the PC audio out through my stereo system although it can also be played through headphones or PC speakers.
Title: Re: Web Cam?
Post by: TrevL on April 25, 2021, 11:01:30 PM
Much appreciated Mike :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Web Cam?
Post by: TrevL on June 27, 2021, 06:48:54 PM
Got that one Mike @Dorsetmike (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2855), very pleased with it, thanks.  Got a 1 meter USB extension on order, cable is just too short to be hidden round the back.

I couldn't work out why it wasn't working the first time I used it, then I realised the little privacy flap was over the lens :doh:
Title: Re: Web Cam?
Post by: Newportnobby on June 27, 2021, 08:54:31 PM
Flaps down, Biggles! :)
Title: Re: Web Cam?
Post by: TrevL on June 27, 2021, 10:37:40 PM
Can't Jump Algy, grinds going rind and rind.
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