VideoLogic Launches Easy to Use Homec@m USB Camera for Desktop or Portable PC's

VideoLogic - the international company that develops, designs and supplies market-leading 2D/3D graphics, video and audio technologies and products - has today announced the HomeC@m high-resolution video and still image camera for PCs and notebooks. HomeC@m is available now for an RRP of just £69.99 inc. VAT from VideoLogic's network of resellers.

Equipped with the latest 640x480 high-resolution sensor HomeC@m is an excellent, high-quality, low-cost solution for Internet videoconferencing and video e-mail¹. HomeC@m users can capture still images for Web pages or create and edit their own movies and share them via the Web.

Kevin Dale, marketing and sales director, VideoLogic Systems says: "The addition of advanced features like high resolution image sensor, quality lens and integrated microphone sets HomeC@m above the competition. At under £70, HomeC@m brings audio and visual communication across the Internet off the sidelines and into the mainstream."

Because it is based on the 'plug and play' USB interface, HomeC@m is simply installed without opening the PC case - it just plugs into the USB port at the rear of the PC or into a USB Hub. HomeC@m's comprehensive suite of software applications is easy and intuitive to use, even for a casual PC user. Software is included for Internet videoconferencing, video e-mail, video postcards, still and movie content creation for Web pages, webcams² and even home security.

The USB interface and HomeC@m's extensive software compatibility ensure superb images, even on a low-bandwidth Internet connection. HomeC@m links to other videoconferencing systems to allow two-way visual communication with other personal computers or even boardroom videoconferencing systems. HomeC@m can also be used to send images one-way to users without a camera.

HomeC@m is also ideal for portable/notebook PCs, with very low power consumption through the USB connector and a special notebook mounting clip, which is also supplied.About the Camera

HomeC@m provides excellent capture performance and image quality. Features include manually adjustable focus, snapshot button for still image capture, automatic exposure and white balance control, software control panel for contrast, saturation, hue and gamma adjustment.

HomeC@m's high-resolution 350K pixel CCD sensor and the latest highly-integrated single-chip PC video camera engine means that it can capture motion video and still images at up to 640 x 480 pixels (VGA) resolution and full-motion video at up to 352 x 288 pixels (10-15 frames per second at 640 x 480). HomeC@m's built-in microphone means there's no additional equipment to set up and no more cables to get in the way.

Full Software Applications Included

Full version PC software supplied with HomeC@m includes Liquid Pics for creating real-time liquid-morphing effects on digital photos which can be saved, printed and sent via e-mail. Presto! VideoWorks software enables video editing and enhancement for home videos, business presentations or homework projects.

A suite of four outstanding full-versions of ixla software applications is also included. ixla VideoPlus is for video capture and video email. ixla Digital Camera Suite allows content creation tool for HTML webpages, slide shows, or greetings cards. ixla Explorer provides a front-end for image browsing, viewing and storage and ixla Artist, which is a fully featured image editing program.

A variety of shareware and demo software for security, webcam and HTML content creation is also included in the HomeC@m CD software library.

HomeC@m is supplied with a two year warranty and the very best in technical support, including support hotlines, Internet web site and ftp.

Editors Notes

¹. Video e-mail is e-mail with an attached video file that can be played when the e-mail is opened.

². A webcam is a small PC camera, like HomeC@m, left in a fixed location. At fixed intervals in time the camera takes a picture and posts it to a website, where it can be viewed by the public.

Technical Information

Minimum system requirements: 200 MHz Pentium PC or equivalent with 16 MB RAM,

USB connector and Windows 98 or USB-ready version of Windows 95 (Ver 4.00.950B/OSR2.1 or later). Sound card and speakers required for sending and receiving audio. 28.8 Kbps modem or above or network connection required for video conferencing. Synchronous modem required for H.324 based video call.

Video formats 24 bit RGB; YUV4:1:1 (JPEG-Lite compression). Video resolutions: 640 x 480 (VGA); 352 x 288 (CIF, Common Interchange Format); 320 x 240; 176 x 144 (QCIF, Quarter CIF); 160 x 120.

Connectors: USB connector for video in/out and power. 3.5mm phono jack for audio input to sound card/motherboard audio microphone in.