"best" USB webcam for Jitter available now?


    Sep 15 2013 | 3:51 pm
    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
    Regards

    • Sep 15 2013 | 4:09 pm
      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.
    • Sep 15 2013 | 4:24 pm
      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?
    • Sep 15 2013 | 4:59 pm
      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
      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.
    • Sep 15 2013 | 5:18 pm
      @woyteg
      IR filter is still possible, you can make your own "big" one from an photo slide film.
      @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:
      But i don't think there will be a possibility to change the settings direct in Max/Jitter.
    • Sep 15 2013 | 5:36 pm
      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/
    • Sep 15 2013 | 6:21 pm
      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..)
    • Sep 15 2013 | 6:56 pm
      there's industrial stuff like http://www.theimagingsource.com
    • Sep 15 2013 | 7:59 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.
    • Sep 15 2013 | 8:04 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.
      @dtr: I know this, but to heavy for my project.
    • Sep 15 2013 | 9:07 pm
      Great stuff!