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29 of 31 found the following review helpful:
A good choiceJul 04, 2005
By M. Brodsky
I just installed Creative's Live Ultra Webcam and Live Ultra Webcam Notebook Version on my two computers and tested our videoconferencing with each other. The true USB 2.0 connection struck me as an advantage in purchasing this item. For the most part, I am happy. The quality of the video is good. I activated the feature that causes the camera to zoom in and out automatically to track the face of the user, and it worked quite well in "continuous" mode. There is one clear glitch, which is that on both of my computers (Win XP) I cannot get the computer to recognize the cam without disconnecting and reconnecting the USB connection each time I reboot. Creative's tech support people initially suggested just reinstalling the software, which was the lazy way out and did nothing but waste my time.
I used Yahoo Messenger to arrange the videoconferencing. I found the instructions for doing this pretty useless, but eventually I figured it out (I think). Making the connection is one challenge. Getting the connection to work at a tolerable speed (what Yahoo calls Super Webcam mode) is darn near a mystery, though with enough trial and error it happens. (Given that Creative Labs promotes Yahoo Messenger and vice versa, I cannot fathom why so little attention was given to instructing purchasers of this webcam how to use Messenger. Companies that make add-ons routinely make silly mistakes with instructions that only serve to drive up their costs of service and aggravate their customers, but that's a broader subject.) I have a personal firewall via my virus software, and I think it may have helped to ratchet that back.
Modest irritants aside, the product itself seems very solid, and once you get it working it's easy to use the features and the quality is good.
22 of 23 found the following review helpful:
Totally impressedMay 15, 2005
By John the Italian
I only wanted to spend 50 bucks for a webcam, and I saw this Creative Labs Live! line. I actually intended to buy the regular Live, and not the Ultra, based on what people were saying. When I got to the store, though, all the info people kept raving about was mostly actually details about THIS camera, that they had confused with the more basic version. I haven't used the Live! but I can tell you this is worth the price so it's certainly worth the difference in price.
Not only is it quick and easy to install but the picture quality is great. For some people at high-res video it might be a little grainy (colored noise I mean) but it's nothing you pay attention to. The thing that surprised me is you can EDIT the video with sliders! Color saturation, gamma, contrast, etc... like the basic Photoshop of video, even while the feed is taking place. Comes with a cute headset, plenty of options and file formats. It even looks cool. This feels ritzy to own, but because of how functional it is, and how good it is at doing what it's supposed to. Pleasantly surprised, and glad it worked out this way.
32 of 38 found the following review helpful:
Software ConflictJun 12, 2005
By Carl William Sisco
I purchased the Creative Labs Live Ultra WebCam VF0060 for my home PC. Unfortunatley, it would never give a video picture. I phoned Creative Labs and their Tech. support people indicated a conflict with Haupauge WinTV. The only choice offered was to delete the WinTV software or return the webcam to Amazon. Before I chose to return the webcam, I tried it on my daughters laptop that does not have WinTV loaded. The video and audio feeds where excellent. The moral: If you have WinTV loaded on your computer, this isn't the webcam for you!
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
If buying for remote monitoring or home security - Buyer Beware!Jun 17, 2006
By K. Winter
First off this review was originally for the Creative WebCam Live! however the software that runs the entire Creative Live! Live! Pro and Live! Ultra is the exactly same, and the cameras are very simular so this review should be relevant to all customers considering buying a creative webcam.
There is a reason why Creative Labs doesn't want you to test a real working camera with the Creative Webcam Suite on it's web site and here is why...
First off the Postives:
- Great picture in good lighting.
- Would be great for yahoo web camera instant messaging only. (yahoo is the only one supported by creative)
- The Camera is blind as a bat in low light, even low light that humans can see fairly easily in.
- WebCam Center - overpromises way under delivers.
- Remote Monitoring Feature - You have to go through a round about way to monitor your camera. You have to have the creative suite open, then you have to connect to yahoo messenger. I can see why Creative did this, to save on money, but a web server address would be much, much better like some of the competition offer for free.
- Motion Detection Feature (for home/business security) - Would work great if the camera was not blind as a bat in low light. You really think the theives are going to turn on all the lights so the camera can see them? Nope, so it won't detect them.
Bottom line a good camera for basic video instant messaging, and horrible for remote viewing and for motion detection security purposes.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
LOOK-OUT for buying a VF0060 Webcam and its Sellers!Dec 18, 2008
By FRANK FAMA
Under product details it states the model of the Creative Labs Live Ultra Webcam is VF0060, which is a Webcam that came out in 2004, which is a discontinued and outdated unit. The main image picture and the watch it in action flash video of the unit and the items stated under the Technical Details are not the model Creative Labs Live Ultra Webcam (VF0060), its a 2008 model called Creative Labs Live Cam Notebook Ultra (VF0310).
It you wish to see what the real Creative Labs Live Ultra Webcam (VF0060) looks like see the Customer image from Antonio Mejias, ( which is the 3rd picture on the main screen), or Google that model.
The real Technical Details of the model VF0060 for sale are:
- Sensor Resolution - 640x480 not the listed 1280x960
- Not plug and play
- Software enhance still image capture up to 1.3 megapixel resolution not
the listed 5.0 megapixel resolution
- No Built-in microphone let alone a build-in noise-canceling
microphones with Live! Audio technology
Stay away from this unit. One of the sellers, Antonline got me with one of these Bait and Switch Webcams, (different model),. These older units that have many bugs and they are discontinued and therefore have no new updates from Creative Labs.
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