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I have Windows 7 enterprise and have a webcam built into my laptop.  What free software is available can I use to access it?
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE earned 250 total points
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Lots of free software can do it. One example is IP Camera Viewer:
http://www.deskshare.com/ip-camera-viewer.aspx

It supports up to four cameras at once and can be a mix of webcams, USB cameras, and IP cameras. For your webcam, just be sure to tick the Webcam radio button in the Add Camera dialog:

IPCamView webcam
It is easy to configure, learn, and use — an excellent free product. Regards, Joe

Regards, Joe
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by:Thomas N
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Thats nice software but for some reason the video is distorted and sound is bad. I tried everything but I also want software I can record video and take pictures? Any other software? Thanks.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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> I also want software I can record video and take pictures?

Those are different requirements. :)  For that, try iSpy:
https://www.ispyconnect.com/

It is more complex, but far more robust. There's a learning curve, but I think you'll find that it's worth it. Regards, Joe
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by:Obaid ur Rehman
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You can try ManyCam. It has limited features in free version
https://download.manycam.com

Your laptop provider might have Webcam software offered to you for free.
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camstudio,techsmith jing, skype, and many more
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by:nobus
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what model laptop is it?
many have software for it that allows you to do what you want
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by:rindi
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Most PC's that have a camera built-in have software and drivers available for it on their support site for download. Once the driver is installed, skype for example will be able to use it, and also irfanview:

http://portableapps.com/download
http://portableapps.com/apps/graphics_pictures/irfanview_portable
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by:Jackie Man
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Goto Device Manager and give details of your webcam.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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There is plenty of information to confirm an answer. The question is:

What free software is available can I use to access it [a webcam built into my laptop]?

I can confirm with absolute certainty that the apps in these posts are able to access a webcam, as I have personally used them:
https:#a41724038
https:#a41724048
https:#a41724072
https:#a41724205

It's also likely that the program in this post can do it, although I haven't used it (perhaps the poster can confirm that for us):
https:#a41724065

Regards, Joe
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by:Obaid ur Rehman
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Joe,

I haven't tested ManyCam personally.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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OK, thanks for the comment, Obaid. That means my recommendations for closing are:
https:#a41724038
https:#a41724048
https:#a41724072
https:#a41724205
Regards, Joe
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by:Jackie Man
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Without the feedback from author, I object to close of this question in accepting any comments as solution.

Delete this question is the only choice.
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by:Jackie Man
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The author is not asking for generic solution for a web cam software, but one which will work for his computer.

If there is a problem of the device or the device driver... the video is distorted and sound is bad... no web cam software will work and hence, there is no solution.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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I disagree with Jackie Man's last two comments.
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by:rindi
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The asker asked for software that works with cameras, and they all work provided you have the drivers installed and the camera is functional. So the Question was answered.
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