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Using your webcam with Picasa 3

A webcam, Picasa and a little training are enough to create personal mini-films that you can then exploit to embellish it with effects of any kind! A quick way to use your webcam when Windows turns out to be unable to use it.

Discovery of the capture module

Start by running Picasa and then click on the webcam icon in the toolbar.

Capture décran - Picasa, module dacquisition via un périphérique
Screenshot of screen — Picasa, module d' acquisition via a device

A webcam module will then be displayed. 2 options are then offered:

  • Capture a film via the button Save ;
  • Take a photo via the camera-shaped icon on the left;
Capture décran - Picasa, module webcam
Screenshot — Picasa, webcam module

Click on one 2 to see the desired action start. In the end, you will get an image or video file that you can then edit directly in Picasa — including exporting to YouTube.

Webcam configuration

However, it is possible that your webcam will not be detected at first. To do this, click on the button Settings then select the right device. This manipulation is required when you have a TV tuner installed on your PC.

Capture décran - Picasa, paramètres du périphérique de capture
Screenshot of screen — Picasa, capture device settings

Similarly, it may be interesting to settle the resolution what Picasa calls Size. If the image is not fast enough, reduce the size.

Finally, select the microphone to record your voice.

This special webcam module is handy and fits perfectly with Picasa’s editing and export tools!


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