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Windows 7: Paint not recognizing webcam?

21 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 
Paint not recognizing webcam?

After months of not finding a half decent webcam app that is offline that allows me to take the occasional picture, I find out that Microsoft paint apparrently can do this.
Problem is, when i hit the file menu, the "from scanner or camera" menu is disabled, even after re-enabling the webcam. help?

*edit*
apparently that's only if you already have an application displaying output from the webcam.
is there a single simple application that allows you to take a picture directly from your webcam and save it to your hard drive, with no futzing with ftp and all that crap?
there is a billion apps to stream your webcam or whatever, but seems like nothing that will turn your webcam into a camera in a pinch.

And yeah I problably won't use it, but it still would ne nice to have in emergencies.

kinda like cameroid.com, but without all of the effects and as an offline app.
Or a port of Cheese, a GNOME photobooth clone.

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21 Jan 2010   #2

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Don't know of any apps right off, but in a pinch you could hit PrtScn to copy the desktop to the clipboard/paste into paint and crop to the pic. I'm shocked that taking a snap shot is not a common thing in these apps. Would think all of them could do it.
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21 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Yeah that works for desktops, but not for webcams.

The only app that I found that works is the Cyberlink suite that came with my computer, which I have to manually copy between computers since I accidently deleted the installer.
And I'd rather have a less processor intensive app that actually works without freezing.
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21 Jan 2010   #4

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Works on my laptop.
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21 Jan 2010   #5

Win 7 pro 64-bit, Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by garysgold View Post
Works on my laptop.
Probably he means that it takes a picture of your desktop, not i.e your face. Anyways, Cheese (sadly) isnt available for Windows, since they support open-source. I kinda hope they dont make it for Windows, so people would see the light
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21 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Coolness View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by garysgold View Post
Works on my laptop.
Probably he means that it takes a picture of your desktop, not i.e your face. Anyways, Cheese (sadly) isnt available for Windows, since they support open-source. I kinda hope they dont make it for Windows, so people would see the light
...
Well, Jolicloud DID start supporting my WiFi card...
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21 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

I'm currently attempting to install Cheese via cygwin, but I give it a 1:1,000,000 chance of working, because Cheese is not in the default download repository and I'm figuring out how to include it.

Fortunately I have played with Linux before So I think I can do it With the help of my trusty sidekick, Google.
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22 Jan 2010   #8

Win 7 pro 64-bit, Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IceFire View Post
I'm currently attempting to install Cheese via cygwin, but I give it a 1:1,000,000 chance of working, because Cheese is not in the default download repository and I'm figuring out how to include it.

Fortunately I have played with Linux before So I think I can do it With the help of my trusty sidekick, Google.
So, if its ok with you, you can install ubuntu, and just download it from synaptic or
Quote:
sudo apt-get install cheese
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22 Jan 2010   #9

64-Bit W7 Ult_sp1
 
 

paint only allows you to download pictures from a scanner or from a camera's memory
it doesn't allow you to watch the webcam's live screen, which is what you want (?)

most webcams have a button on them to take snaps - my Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 allows you to take instant snaps, and files them straight away into their own folder..

what webcam have you got..?
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22 Jan 2010   #10

Win 7 pro 64-bit, Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BugMeister View Post
paint only allows you to download pictures from a scanner or from a camera's memory
it doesn't allow you to watch the webcam's live screen, which is what you want (?)

most webcams have a button on them to take snaps - my Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 allows you to take instant snaps, and files them straight away into their own folder..

what webcam have you got..?
Most = New ones. I've never seen a webcam with a button like that.
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