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Where does AMcap store its captured images?

Posted on 2009-03-30
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I have a NexXtech web cam with AMcap software installed via Driver and Software CD with other ArcSoft applications.
The captured snapshot images are retained and displayed in a window everytime a new image capture is activated and or image software such as Picasa or Paintshop Pro imports from the web cam (even if the sofware is uninstalled and reinstalled)!.  I want to delete them but cannot find where they are stored!

Can anyone help?

Bill Henderson
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by:redrumkev
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Bill,

Try looking in the AMcap folder:

C:\Program Files\AMcap\

To go to this, hit "Ctrl + E" to launch Windows Explorer and navigate to Computer -> C:\ Then to the folder.

Also, look in Documents\Photos\ or Document\Video (might be user name\these, like Bill\Photo, Bill\Video, Bill\Caputers, etc).

Hope this helps,
Kevin
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Sorry Kevin but that doesn't do it!  AMcap resides in C:\Windows and there is no trace of the images (hidden or otherwise) there.  When available for import to Picasa the files are named in sequence from Picture001.jpg but a HD search (including all hidden files and folders), while coming up with other files of that name, fails to find these UNLESS the Picasa import is open and "paused" in which case they appear in a Picasa "Temp" folder but deleting them there does not delete the original which will still appear as available for import next time around!  My guess is that they are somehow stored within AMcap itself but, as already noted uninstalling and reinstalling AMcap and/or the webcam driver still brings them back.
Bill
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by:redrumkev
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Bill,

I have to say WOW, I don't like that AT ALL! Very unsafe if you ask me, no wonder you want to get rid of it. Ok... Following uninstall, assuming you only did this once. Go back and Delete (shift + delete) the entire AMcap folder from the Windows and/or Program Files directory.

I know a lot of programs leave files to make a reinstall "easy", maybe by default, this keeps your files in place. If that does not work, I would also delete it AND Picasa, again deleting the Windows - Program File locations, after uninstall. Then restart and see if they are gone on the next install.

Good luck with this, what a pain in the butt!!!
Kevin
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Kevin FYI (and others reading this):

Did what you suggested but the images were still there, which made me go back to ground zero and think it out again.

I was asking the wrong  question.  Because my import device was a webcam (no controls of its own) I assumed that the images were being stored somewhere on my system, by the software but, I might just as well have been importing from my digital camera and in that case the images would be on the camera card!

Digging a bit deeper I found that Picasa (and some other imaging software) will ask if you want to erase/delete the images from the camera card after downloading.  Using this option I was able to permanently delete the imagesd.  Obviousy the webcam has a built-in memory card/chip although up to now I have not found anything in the spec and othetr literature to confirm this.

Although you didn't directly solve the problem you did lead me to my own solution - worth 500 Points - THANKS!

Bill
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