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Setting up with a USB Webcam

Jun 27, 2017

If you have not yet set up an account or activated your license please read the following articles before proceeding:

 

1. Find the camera connected to your computer

The first time you open Sighthound Video, a Camera Setup Assistant opens to step you through installing a camera (it can also be accessed from Tools Add Camera...).

  • In the Camera type drop-down list, select USB, built-in, or other webcam

select webcam

  • If your camera is detected, its name will appear in the Camera drop-down list, for example, "Built-in iSight."
  • (Resolutions higher than VGA (640 x 480) are only available in the Basic and Pro editions.) On the same screen, select the resolution you will use to save your video. Make sure that your camera supports the selected resolution (specifically, not all cameras support the higher resolutions such as 1600 x 1200 or 1920 x 1200). You can also select "Match source" to record at your cameras currently configured resolution. Note also that higher resolution settings can increase processing and disk space requirements considerably. For resolutions higher than VGA, you may find it necessary to increase the amount of disk space allocated to saving video, which is described in the section Managing Your Video.

webcam set resolution

2. Test your camera connection

  • The set up assistant now attempts to access your camera on the network using the user name and password you entered. This may take a few seconds, or it may take up to 30 seconds or more. The blue box in the middle of the screen should change from saying "Connecting..." to displaying an image of your camera's view.

webcam test screen

3. Create a name for your camera location

  • Enter a Camera location name, which is used in various places by Sighthound Video. For example, when looking for video clips, it might be easier to choose between "Front yard" and "Backyard" than it would to choose between "Camera 1" and "Camera 2."
  • To edit a camera location name after quitting the setup assistant, select Tools > Edit Camera Location.

location name

4. Choose to finish or add another camera

finish