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"best" USB webcam for Jitter available now?

September 15, 2013 | 8:51 am

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


September 15, 2013 | 9:09 am

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.



dtr
September 15, 2013 | 9:24 am

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?



dtr
September 15, 2013 | 9:59 am

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.


September 15, 2013 | 10:18 am

@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.



dtr
September 15, 2013 | 10:36 am

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/


September 15, 2013 | 11:21 am

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..)



dtr
September 15, 2013 | 11:56 am

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


September 15, 2013 | 12:59 pm

@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.


September 15, 2013 | 1:04 pm

@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.


September 15, 2013 | 2:07 pm

Great stuff!


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