frame grabber for pulling pics
Posted 16 March 2013 - 08:55 AM
Posted 16 March 2013 - 09:45 AM
I would initially just plug the frame grabber in and see what Windows will do with it. Windows may go looking for a newer device driver (there are generic frame grabber device drivers already in place). You may also want to do that yourself by specifically looking for drivers for the Diamond unit on their website. I wouldn't at first load anything from the CD that might come with the hardware. I'd have a look at the CD and see if there is a separate device driver for the unit.
If the generic driver Windows tries doesn't work, or you can't download anything then point Windows at the CD when it tries to find a new driver.
As a last resort, if you and Windows can't get a driver to work then let the CD load software automatically. You'll probably also get a video edit/display application and likely a few other apps loaded. In general I've found these apps are of pour quality and unnecessary for use with a Mallincam but sometimes you might be surprised and find a little gem. Do also keep a close eye out for other things like new search tools or browser dashboards and the like that the installation software sometimes wants to load, those you definitely want to stay away from.
All of these steps mentioned above to load the drivers manually is to keep you from having the bundled apps on the CD load up and take up space. In some cases I've seen these apps get in the way of other video display apps that I wanted to use for my Mallincam.
Beyond that no, there should be nothing else you need to do. The Miloslick s/w has a video display capability that looks for a webcam/WDM device ... which is what the Diamond device driver will create. If the driver and hardware are working correctly (even with nothing connected to the frame grabber) the Miloslick sw will probably show the Diamond unit identified under video sources - if you can't find the Diamond frame grabber identified as a video source then the device driver is probably not working correctly. Another indicator that things are working well is if you have the sound on your PC turned on when you plug in the frame grabber to a USB port you should get the chime from Windows that a new USB device has been plugged in and is working ok.
You may also have to specifically select composite or S-Video inputs within the Miloslick s/w (you do have to do this on many other applications). If you have a simple composite video cable I would try that first as most software defaults to use the composite input.
I would simply set the Mallincam to put out the video test image (the vertical color bars) and check out your PC side of things. Don't go trying all kinds of Mallincam settings, just leave the bars up and ensure that the PC side is all working as it should.
Posted 16 March 2013 - 09:50 AM
Posted 16 March 2013 - 10:18 AM
This one is cheap and solid. It works with win XP through 8. It uses few resources and is fast on even a cheap netbook. I know tech pretty well being an IT professional.
Posted 16 March 2013 - 11:27 AM
Posted 16 March 2013 - 11:40 AM
These standalone video display apps (and anything that comes bundled with the hardware) are used if you choose a Mallincam control program that doesn't have video support (some folks like to have separate apps, some prefer everything in one). If you choose an all in one control program (like MiloSlick) then you won't need any of these video apps (but I think it's useful to have one of them around for troubleshooting).
Posted 16 March 2013 - 12:06 PM
Posted 16 March 2013 - 12:15 PM
I am not a fan of the miloslick software. It is not bad but it doesn't fit the way I think. I like Stephan's software better.
Posted 16 March 2013 - 12:39 PM
Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:04 PM
Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:59 PM
Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:08 PM
Just about all the apps Mark and I have mentioned display the live video feed from the frame grabber and have an option to save the stream as a video file. A few also have the capability of saving individual frames (in SharpCap it's called a snapshot). When they save video streams or single images they all maintain the "live" view of the stream coming from the frame grabber.
Once you've saved the video file or the single images you can then run them through a stacking app like Registax to create better quality images.
Posted 16 March 2013 - 08:14 PM
Posted 16 March 2013 - 08:18 PM
Just a basic question...
When you tested the S-video input, did you remove the composite video input on the dongle.
Do do that. Never two types connected simultaneously!
Posted 16 March 2013 - 09:28 PM
Posted 16 March 2013 - 10:34 PM
Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:11 AM
Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:21 PM
Please try this
- only use the S-video output from your cam to USB Video capture dongle, disconnect composite video cable from the videocam
- On the video capture dongel side, only use S-video input, disconnect other input feeds
- Use AmCap (free software) to perform the preview. Set option > input > video input Svideo
(usually video will auto-detect signal type to be NTSC-M / 3.58)
Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:18 PM