This support article covers how to use and configure a DirectShow compatible camera to be used with Swing Catalyst 9.7
Swing Catalyst supports DirectShow integration, which means that it supports almost any web camera or camera you can use without installing a driver in Windows. Generally speaking, if the camera works in in Windows, it should work with Swing Catalyst.
Compared to the native camera integrations we offer for Teledyne FLIR, iDS and AVT, this type of integration has some limitations when it comes to camera settings.
Recommended camera models
- Dragon USB 2.0 camera (can be purchased from our webshop).
- Logitech Streamcam.
- Logitech C920.
* Note: USB cameras were tested in a lab environment.
Before the camera can be used it needs to be enabled from the Settings menu: the gear icon bottom left when starting Swing Catalyst.
The Settings menu
Note that the camera integration type is identified, e.g. DirectShow, Spinnaker:
If properly detected the camera should show up in the camera list:
In order to use the camera we need to first select a angle and turn on the integration:
Once enabled you can adjust camera settings from the Advanced settings.
Advanced Camera Settings
The advanced camera settings gives you the ability to change the name of the camera, mirror and rotate, crop and adjust the video image as well as apply filtering options such as sharpening and noise reduction.
Mirror and Rotate:
The crop tool can be used to remove unwanted outer parts of the image.
Most of these settings should be left to the default settings, however some cameras have different functionality available here such as zoom, and panning etc. This all depends on the camera, some cameras have more functionality than others.
To get the best out of your camera's video image please see our article:
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