The camera is basically a high resolution webcam mounted on a stand. It has a USB interface cable and simply plugs into a USB port on the laptop. The USB port on the left of the laptop is usually spare since it is mainly used for connecting the DVD player.
U3A has a Document Camera available for use at Adelaide St. This enables paper documents, books, artwork etc. to be projected on to the large display. The camera is stored in the back office at Adelaide St. just inside the door on the desk next to the printer (see image below). Just ask at the office if you wish to use it, and return it after use.
It can also be used as an alternative camera in Zoom classes, as the camera can be rotated to face horizontally.
Operation is simple. Plug in the camera and click on the Document Camera icon on the desktop screen. The software may find the built-in laptop camera first. If so, click on the menu icon at top left and select Change Camera. The image seen by the camera will then appear almost full screen on the laptop and projected to the large display screen. You don't need to do anything more to use it other than place suitable material on the desk under the camera. The camera will autofocus on the subject.
The software has some extra features available from the menu and icons along the bottom of the screen, e.g. rotate, zoom, annotate. There is also a facility to scan the image and save to your USB stick. For those running concurrent Zoom classes, the camera image can be shared using the usual Share Screen facility within Zoom.
If you have a webcam at home, you may wish to download the Visualiser software so that you can familiarise yourself with the extra features. More information and free download available here:
The camera will also work with the built-in Windows Camera app, although without the extra features.
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