Camera Capabilities

Camera Capabilities and Configuration Files

Different cameras have different parameters. Cam2Com does not know all of the specific parameters for every camera. Also, new cameras are being made all the time. So, by default, Cam2Com lists ALL available parameters for all cameras. This means that some settings may not work for some cameras. You may select a setting, let say, a picture resolution, but it will immediately revert to what it was before.

To deal with this problem, camera configuration files are used. When Cam2Com starts, it detects the camera models connected to the computer and loads their capabilities from the appropriate files. These files are located in the Cam2Com subfolder of the standard My Documents folder; they have extension .camd. Initially, there are no .camd files in that folder.

Detecting Camera Parameters

Cam2Com can automatically detect some camera parameters and write them into the .camd file. It can do this one camera at a time, for the camera whose window is currently active.

To start the detection process, select Camera|Detect Camera Capabilities.... In the dialog box that appears, press the Start button. When the process ends, just close the dialog. The camera capabilities are saved in a file that Cam2Com will use when working with this camera.

Detecting the capabilities of a camera is a lengthy process that may take several minutes. Cam2Com tries all of the settings out of wide range and verifies how the camera reacts. Camera will take multiple pictures during the process. It is best not to touch the camera while the detection is in progress and not to change lighting conditions.

Fro different cameras different settings can be detected automatically.

Editing Camera Configuration Files

Sometimes during the auto-detecting process Cam2Com may not detect all parameters correctly. There are also parameters that cannot be detected. To configure the parameters manually, open the appropriate .camd file in a simple text editor like Notepad and make your changes. When saving the file, make sure you save it as a plain text file.

.camd files are located in the subfolder Cam2Com of the standard My Documents folder. If you have several cameras, you can recognize the right .camd file by its name. It is the same as the Camera Type in the Camera Info dialog box (if there is a "/" character in the Camera Type, it is replaced with "_" in the file name for compatibility with the operating system).

If multiple users on the same computer use the same camera, they can run the detection of the camera capabilities for every user, or they can simply copy the same .camd file into the Cam2Com subfolders of their My Documents folders.

The format of the .camd file should be relatively clear from the example.

"Detect Camera Capabilities" dialog:

Start Click to start the detection process.

Set Default Click to remove the file with previously detected capabilities of this camera.

Cancel Click to cancel the whole operation.