"best" USB webcam for Jitter available now?

Sep 15, 2013 at 8:51am

"best" USB webcam for Jitter available now?

Hello

What’s the “best” USB webcam for Jitter available now?
To use mainly for head and body tracking with Jitter.

depending on:
# image quality / compression
# frame rate
# constant focus
# performance

Now i am looking into these two already:

http://www.creative.com/mylivecam/products/product.aspx?catID=1&pid=20163

http://www.logitech.com/nl-be/product/hd-pro-webcam-c920

Regards

#265313
Sep 15, 2013 at 9:09am

I got the logitech one and I am happy with it.
One thing that’s a big caveat (edspecially when we talk about the “best”) is the fact that one can’t really screw e.g. an IR filter onto it.
It’s simply just a consumer product.

#265314
Sep 15, 2013 at 9:24am

I might also be getting 2 webcams for a project soon. From prior experience with webcams it makes a big difference how much manual control you get in the cams software drivers. Full auto with no manual tweaking is a big pain. And this driver support differs between windows and mac. Any comments on the proposed or other models in that respect?

#265316
Sep 15, 2013 at 9:59am

Did some googling on the driver subject. If you’re on Mac and your cam relies on OSX’s built-in UVC driver then you’re out of luck for manual controls, unless you wanna roll your own:

http://www.paranoid-media.de/blog/?p=18

http://phoboslab.org/log/2009/07/uvc-camera-control-for-mac-os-x

There is the universal macam driver for mac though I wonder how up to date that is : http://webcam-osx.sourceforge.net/cameras/index.php?orderBy=controller

Then there’s uvc-ctrl, alpha released in snow leopard times but some replies from 2013 at the bottom of the page… http://www.dm9.se/?p=793

Sorry if I’m taking this thread off topic. Please tell me if I should start a separate OSX webcam control thread.

#265319
Sep 15, 2013 at 10:18am

@woyteg

IR filter is still possible, you can make your own “big” one from an photo slide film.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26887294@N05/4467541455/

@dtr

Logitech has maked a MacOS X “Logitech Camera Settings” app.
See in the Mac app store:

https://itunes.apple.com/be/app/logitech-camera-settings/id638332853?mt=12

and also this one:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/webcam-settings/id533696630?mt=12

But i don’t think there will be a possibility to change the settings direct in Max/Jitter.

#265320
Sep 15, 2013 at 10:36am

Lousy f#ckers! A payed app… (edit: now I see it’s not by logitech, not so strange then)

For me it wouldn’t be a problem if it can run alongside max. A comment on the app store recommends this instead though: http://www.ecamm.com/mac/iglasses/

#265321
Sep 15, 2013 at 11:21am

I am running the Logitech one on windows and have full manual control there with the standard drivers. I don’t know about OSX.

IR filter is still possible, you can make your own “big” one from an photo slide film.

Sure, but if I would like to buy a new cam I would try to find something that has the possibility to screw different filters or lenses on it.(if there is something like that, but there must be something..)

#265325
Sep 15, 2013 at 11:56am

there’s industrial stuff like http://www.theimagingsource.com

#265327
Sep 15, 2013 at 12:59pm

@woyteg: the fire-i from Unibrain is a small fire-wire camera with possibility for different lenses. I have used this with IR lens a lot.
But fire-wire cable is to stiff to use for my project. And this cameras has a certain latency.
Years ago the fire-i cameras were very good.

@dtr: I know this, but to heavy for my project.

#265330
Sep 15, 2013 at 1:04pm

@woyteg: the fire-i from Unibrain is a small fire-wire camera with possibility for different lenses. I have used this with IR lens a lot. http://www.unibrain.com/products/fire-i-board-camera/
But fire-wire cable is to stiff to use for my project. And this cameras has a certain latency and are heavy on the CPU. I have to test the new ones.

They have now also industrial cameras: http://www.unibrain.com/product-category/industrial-cameras/

@dtr: I know this, but to heavy for my project.

#265331
Sep 15, 2013 at 2:07pm

Great stuff!

#265332

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