|Originally posted by Linus
Integrated camera - works well. I only used it for a couple of minutes to make sure it works, but it worked fine. Now there is one less item for me to carry when I travel.
Yes! So, about the camera. Have you had any luck actually taking pictures with it? The software comes with a capture utility that makes AVI movies. Now, to make stills, you seem to have two choices. Either, get a new program that works with the same hardware, or convert the AVIs that the default software makes into still frames.
I tried to go the latter route and I have met with little success. The brain dead approach, of just playing the movie with WMP or RealOne and taking a screen capture with the movie paused, doesn't work. The screen capture comes up blank - apparently the media players output directly to the screen bypassing the normal graphics buffers. Blah. So the other alternative is converting the movies into another format using software. Unfortunately, the AVIs that are produced apparently are compressed with a strange codec that Adobe ImageReady can't read. (It can convert most AVIs to animation sequences if you have QuickTime installed.) After hours of searching and experimenting I dropped $20 on a shareware AVI-to-animated-gif program
, only to discover that it uses the system 256-color palette and the converted images are BADLY dithered. (the animation that I used to test it didn't show that, grr.)
So I am at my wits end with that and about ready to try the (probably more sensible) option and find a new capture program. Has anyone looked into this? Know any that work with the camera? I am hardware/driver challenged and not sure where to begin.
(BTW: I'm talking about Windoze here... I haven't even BEGUN to think about making it work under Linux...