Tuesday, 8 April 2014

How to Use Windows 8 Camera App

Windows 8 has a Metro-style app called Camera that lets you use your webcam to record videos and take photos. It’s definitely better than having to download spyware/malware-ridden third-party webcam recording software. In this article, I’ll walk you through the process of using the app and adjusting the various settings.

One of the problems with the new Metro-style interface in Windows 8 is that sometimes it’s too simplistic and clean. Literally, they have removed buttons and other visual elements that you otherwise expect. For example, in the camera app, I could not even figure out how to take a picture or video! There was no camera button or anything else.

Before we get to that, lets go through the basics. Firstly, open the app and if you don’t already have a webcam built-in or connected to the PC, you’ll see a simple black screen that says Connect a camera.

Once you do connect the camera, it will ask you for permission to use the webcam inside the Camera app.

Once you do this, you should be able to see your webcam in a full screen window with a navigation bar at the very bottom:

Note that if your webcam is not working with the Windows 8 camera app, it probably means Windows 8 does not recognize the webcam. This is probably due to the driver not being compatible with Windows 8. You’ll have to go to the manufacturer’s website and see if they have a version of the driver for Windows 8.

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