Fancy a 4K Pro Webcam With HDR Support?

Logitech brio webcam

 

You could be forgiven for thinking the age of the separate webcam is gone. Because most laptops and tablets come with them built-in, the need to scour the market for your ideal product is redundant.

Or is it?

Logitech doesn’t think so after launching the Brio. It is the first 4K webcam that comes with a raft of features to make sure your Skype calls look stunning for those who are serious about video quality.

The question we want to ask is, is it worth it when most devices come with built-in ones anyway?

Let’s look at the pros and cons.

The upside

On the plus side, the Logitech Brio’s camera is capable of shooting in 3,840 x 2,160 at 30 frames per second (Ultra HD), 1,920 x 1,080 at 30 or 60 frames per second (Full HD), or 1,280 x 720 at 30 or 60 frames per second (HD).

It is also capable of facial recognition, so if used in conjunction with Windows 10, you can use the Windows Home feature to log into your laptop using your face.

There is also a 5x zoom and support for Logitech RightLight 3 with HDR which makes for an excellent performance regardless of the light conditions.

Plus, you can choose between a 65-degree, 78-degree, and a 90-degree field of view, omnidirectional microphones, privacy shade and a flexible mount.

The downside

You guessed it; there had to be a catch although not a deal breaking one.

To stream at 4K, you will need to hook the Brio up to a USB 3.0 port. You’ll also need to use a computer that uses Intel’s seventh generation ‘Kaby Lake’ processors, which support Ultra HD 10-bit HEVC decoding.

According to Trusted Review’s Joe Roberts, this camera is now available in the UK for £209.

If video quality is a number one consideration for you, this might be worth a look.

 

 MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich. Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages.

Source: Trusted Review

 

The Windows 10 Update That Stopped Webcams From Working

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Back in August, a Windows 10 update caused a problem: many webcams stopped working.

It appeared as though the issue was caused by changes to the video encoding systems.

The update marked the end of support for two widely used encoding systems, so it became possible for more than one application to use video as it is being shot. Prior to the update Windows 10 only allowed one application access to a stream.

The problem hit webcams connected by USB cables, or on the same network. Footage either couldn’t be streamed or images froze.

In response to the complaints on Microsoft’s Support forum, Mike M from Windows Camera Team said:

“Hey folks, I have a couple of updates for you all, but before we get to that part, we want to thank you. The specific hardware and usage scenarios you’ve provided are excellent insight for us. We have been focusing on the Windows Insider Program flight data to monitor any issues. We hope in future we can get even better coverage through this data for the enterprise and business scenarios you’ve outlined. Now, let’s give you a little bit of insight into the engineering work being done to address your feedback. We have work in progress where the changes will be split up into three items.

“The first change will cover the MJPEG issue. We have an internal prototype ready and it’s going through testing as fast as we can to verify it doesn’t introduce regressions. Once testing is complete, we will release it to servicing so it reaches you and your customers automatically through Windows Update. We expect this update path will happen in September. I remain committed to communicating more specific dates once I have confirmation.

“The second change is exposing the H.264 media type. This change is more involved. The implementation is soon wrapping up, and once it does, this change will follow a similar process as the above. In addition to our internal testing, we plan to flight this change to our Windows Insiders, to get further verification insight and gather feedback from the community. We do this because, while we have many of the most popular commercially available cameras, the hardware ecosystem is so vast that it’s practically impossible for us to test every product out there. Since it will take some extra time for the H.264 work to go through this additional layer of testing, and we would prefer not to delay the MJPEG changes, we will ship these two separately. You can expect the MJPEG media type work to reach you first.

“Finally, there is one last update that we’re working on which is to enable custom media types (like Bayer). This set of code changes is related to the H.264 work I mention above, so it’s likely that we’ll ship them together.

“To ensure these changes will allow you to continue using your current devices, drivers and/or applications without changes we would appreciate your input. Please let me know what combinations of camera, driver (you can get the driver provider and version from Device Manager) and applications you’re using. This will help us cross check our current lab testing setups, broaden our validation coverage, and catch any issues earlier in the development cycle.

“Once again, I’d like to reiterate our commitment to making these improvements in a timely fashion. We’re aiming to provide you and our customers with a camera experience as you knew it from before the Anniversary Update, without requiring you to update your applications or custom camera drivers, and we believe we’ll be able to achieve this goal. I’ll continue doing my best to give you regular updates on our progress, and I’ll let you know the dates when you can expect the updates to be published as soon as we have that information. The team greatly appreciates your patience!” (Source: Mspoweruser.com)

As soon as we hear any more updates we’ll let you know.

MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich. Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages.