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Creative Live! Cam Notebook Pro Webcam
Sleekness with great video and audio
Compact and sleek, the Live! Cam Notebook Pro (VF0400) is the perfect companion for the savvy traveler on the go. Boasting a built-in microphone and a 800 x 6001 video resolution, you can start video conversations with anyone straightaway without any hassle.
Capture stills of up to 1.3 megapixels1 and no matter how you mount or twist the Live! Cam Notebook Pro's 240º swivel design, your image will be flipped or rotated back upright automatically.
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|Chat without hassle|
Connect with others easily with the built-in microphone and eliminate the need for a separate earpiece or external cables.
|Flexibility for easier chatting and viewing|
Rotate up to almost any viewing angle with the Live! Cam Notebook Pro's 240º Swivel design. With the Auto-Flip and the Auto-View Rotation, you will always have an upright image no matter how you mount the webcam. Enjoy this feature that is unique to Creative Web cameras.
|See the bigger picture|
Small in size, big in performance. Capture still images of up to 1.3 megapixels and record videos at 800 x 600 resolution. Featuring Creative's Auto Tuning technology, your video conversations will automatically project the most optimum brightness and contrast levels.
|Sturdy as a rock|
The Live! Cam Notebook Pro PowerGrip fits easily onto almost any notebook, PC and flat panel display.
The Parental Control feature enables you to secure the camera with a password. Every time you activate your Live! Cam, you will be prompted for a password.
|Have fun with audio and video effects|
Join the video chatting revolution with the Advanced Video FX and its exciting backdrops, face morphs and more! You can also experiment with different voice effects and thrill your friends online.
|Create your own effects real-time|
With Live! Cam FX Creator and Live! Cam Doodling, the possibilities are endless! Entertain your friends and families by drawing your own effects real-time while you chat with them
|Edit, organize and create, for a complete photo experience|
Do more with the Creative Live! Cam Suite. Edit and organize your photos easily, create fun photo calendars - the possibilities are virtually endless. Do all this and more with the included software suite.
|Enhance your instant messaging with video|
Works with popular programs such as Skype™, Windows Live™ Messenger, Yahoo!® Messenger and other compatible instant messaging services.
|More than just a webcam|
Maximize your webcam experience with SightSpeed™, included at no extra charge. Turn your PC into a video phone, make multi-party video calls2, and even stream photos and videos to web-enabled devices like laptops, PDAs and mobile phones.
|Be your own director, producer and star!|
Create videos easily and quickly with the muveeNow! Its fantastic video editing technology enables you to produce professional videos in an amazingly short period of time. Simply shoot it, muvee it and share it.
2This feature is available only with paid SightSpeed plans.
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4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Low-price web cam, simple to use, does it's job and as basic as it can get!Apr 23, 2009
By Dennis A. Amith (kndy)
Having tested several webcams from the $40-$100 range, this is the first of the budget-priced webcams I have tested under the $40 range.
Where the $40-$100 feature 1.3MP to 2.0MP and additional bells and whistles, Creative Labs didn't skimp on extra features but its very important to ask yourself what you want to accomplish with your web camera and is this Cam Pro VGA for you?
SOFTWARE INSTALLATION: By installing the software from the CD, you are asked if you want to install a good number of software. Typically, I am hesitant because I don't want any spyware on my system and what makes it difficult is you really don't know what the software being installed is all about. Fortunately, you can select custom and not install the additional software but for the beginners, they probably will install it and learn that it takes around 15-20 minutes for the full install.
HARDWARE INSTALLATION - This is the positive about the Creative Labs Live! Cam Pro VGA Webcam. It's very small and you can put it in your pocket. It's also the type that is easily clipped to your laptop screen and also the kind that can easily be clipped on your pocket and bag strap for those who want to do mobile streaming. Wire is not long such as the higher end Creative Labs web cams but this is a simple web cam that you plug into your USB.
LOW-LIGHT CONDITIONS TEST: In low-light or darker room conditions, the Cam Pro VGA was dark. You definitely want to have a lamp nearby.
GOOD LIGHT CONDITIONS TEST: One thing you will learn that during good light conditions, there is less vibrancy in the colors. It's rather pale in terms of colors. But its what is expected from a lower-priced web cam.
SCREEN RESIZING TEST: Testing the video and screen capture, you will benefit with the smaller the screen. Increasing the size and picture quality definitely gets blocky and blurry. Anything under 320 is good but higher than that....640 or higher just doesn't look good at all.
LIFECASTING-STREAMING VIDEO: Well, it's a bit unstable for those who are movers and shakers. Walking with your laptop or sticking the webcam on your car, this is not the type of webcam you want for that. But for standard communication, it works OK. It just all comes down to if your area is well-lit.
MOTION DETECTING/SECURITY - This camera if left stationary can do the job. But it depends if details are important. It does the job but for example, if you need detection of license plate numbers or better quality of things from a distance, this camera is not it. Viewing things big, just doesn't look good. And if you look at the video/picture sized small, then quality is better but it kind of makes the point of motion detecting quite moot.
INSTANT MESSAGING: Tested it with several computers on AIM and when small, picture was fine but similar to the lifecasting, if you are the main focal point and not showcasing your surroundings, it works fine. But make sure you are in a well-lit room.
EASE OF SOFTWARE: Software is easy to use but compared to other Creative Labs software, it took a while to get started. But by the time it worked, pretty much, it's a straightforward program with menus to capture video or pictures and more. Now finding your videos or photos requires you to click on folders, unlike higher end software for web cameras where it's easy to find. Computer novices should be able to figure this out but it may be a bit difficult at first for newbies to computers.
All in all, I like the portability of the Cam Pro VGA Webcam and personally, this webcam does the job for its price. If your goal is to communicate with a friend or love one via webcam, it does the job. But you get what you pay for and the camera is not going to give you crystal clear quality, nor will it give you great images during lighted or low-light settings. Also, if you like your picture or video screens big, this camera is not the best for that. This camera is best if looking at smaller screen size.
If this is OK for you, then by all means, give this camera a try. It's a simple camera, easy to use and does its job. But if you want crystal clear images and video, bells and whistles and good performance, look for a 2.0MP web camera or higher which is about $30-$35 more.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Nice Cam, room for improvementApr 20, 2009
By Sarwat Ezzeldin
Installation was fast and easy from the included CD, which also included some other movie making / editing programs. The package also included a hard carry case which will protect the camera very well, however, the USB wire which is permanently attached to the camera will not fit inside the case, and will be dangling through a notch on the center top of the case. I wish if that wire has the mini USB on one side instead. It also has a built in spring loaded clip to hold it on top or either side of the LCD screen, the image can then be rotated accordingly.
The camera in itself is not bad at all, aside from being used for live video chats (with its built in microphone), it takes good quality snapshots, which it can be organized and sent via email. It can also be used for video recording, or for remote monitoring; either continuous or triggered by motion (motion detector). Another nice feature is the ability to use it for time laps video, where it can be set to take a picture every so often (like a planted seed) over a number of days, then convert that to a video, so you can see the plant growing in the captured video.
Over all, this is a nice, feature loaded easy to use camera. One star off for the fixed USB wire.
6 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Garbage.Jun 04, 2009
By Laura I
This webcam is garbage, pure and simple. The process for installing the software was exhaustive, and not user friendly. When I finally got it installed and went to use it, a box popped up that said "Creative ?????????-?????" and had the option for "ok" or "cancel". I hit 'ok' and the error message just kept popping up over and over again, so I hit 'cancel' and tried again. Same problem. I uninstalled and then reinstalled. Same problem. I went to the creative website and tried to update the driver. It said the old driver needed to be uninstalled first, I clicked 'ok' and then got that weird question mark error message again. I went through hell and back trying to uninstall the old driver before being able to finally install the updated one. Once I got the new driver installed, it worked.
The image was blurry and shaky. It says it auto focuses, but I had to manually focus it by turning the lens to get it anywhere near decent. At it's best, the image quality is still very poor and dark. The included software is just filler and not very good in my opinion. In case you're thinking that maybe I'm just too computer-illiterate to use this webcam, I should mention that I have a degree in Imaging Digital Arts.
Aside from that, the clamp will not work for a notebook thinner than 3/8". So for something like a Macbook Air, this wont work. It also wont work for a screen thicker than 5/8". So if you thought you would use this with an LCD monitor on a desktop, it probably wont fit.
In conclusion, for $20 more you can get something like the Microsoft Life Cam Show, which is what I would recommend. The picture quality is 100 x's better, and installation is extremely simple.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
painful installation, lousy performanceApr 22, 2009
When you try to install the Live!Cam Notebook Pro, it gives you the option of installing one or more of the following: Live!Cam Notebook Pro, SightSpeed, MuveeNow 2.0, and LiveCam Drivers. None are described or explained, so I installed them all. It installed many things, taking about ten minutes, then asked for the camera to be plugged in, and then rebooted. It then pestered for me to register it, saying it could not download updates otherwise. I declined to register, but it downloaded updates anyway. It then needed the camera to be unplugged, installed updates, and asked for the camera to be plugged back in. Vista then stepped in and repeatedly asked for a password to be assigned before the camera could be used. I declined. A dialog box appeared with the bizarre message that "You may retrieve your data from the \something\something\something\cache folder," and then the computer needed to be rebooted again.
That nonsense completed, the Live!Cam Notebook Pro software could be run. It defaults to a resolution of 320x240, which looks very 1996. In theory it can go up to 800x600 but all efforts to do so resulted in a black screen.
For me, the drivers and associated software seem like garbage. As for the hardware? This is a petite plastic camera with a little clip on the bottom that may allow it to snap onto the top of your laptop's screen. It did not fit mine.
It ships with a 'travel case,' which is an ill-fitting plastic box with a fragile hinge. I suggest throwing this away immediately. Actually, you would be better off throwing away the whole camera.
p.s. I tried the Live!Cam Notebook Pro also on a Mac, which recognized the camera as a microphone but could not get video off of it.
Okay for the moneyMar 03, 2014
By D. Powell
We had to get a new computer when our old one gave up and quit. The camera we were using would not work on Win7 so we went looking for a new one. We needed it to be able to take a picture of our customer's photo ID. It turns out that only Creative cameras were compatible with our software so this is the route that we chose. We tried another camera that had autofocus and while the camera worked great our software would not integrate with it so we continued looking. We found this one with manual focus that would work but it definitely is not as nice as the competing brand.
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