Just as we’re entering the third month of the year, IPEVO has a piece of great news to share — it is now possible to use IPEVO VZ-X wireless document camera with your Chromebook wirelessly! This is a breakthrough made possible by our development team after months and months of tireless work. So go grab your VZ-X, download or update Visualizer software (Chrome version), connect VZ-X wirelessly to your Chromebook via Wi-Fi, and start streaming live!
For a step-by-step video tutorial on how to connect VZ-X wirelessly with a Chromebook, check out the following video:
Planning to play tabletop games remotely with your friends or family members that live thousand miles away? Now you can truly engage in and enjoy the interactive aspects of tabletop games as if they were played right in front of you with the help of document cameras from IPEVO. Let’s check out how IPEVO document cameras work to provide that experience.
1. High image clarity
What’s more important than high image clarity when it comes to playing tabletop games remotely? We know the significance of being able to see clearly at anything the other party shows you, and understand the frustration when you are only getting blurry images. Rest assured you won’t be getting sub-quality images with IPEVO document cameras as they come with 8 megapixel image sensors that feature excellent performance in image clarity, noise reduction, and color reproduction. All these work together to deliver crisp, clear and vivid images. Be surprised by not only what you will see, but also what you can see.
2. Easy to setup and simple to use
If staying connected is one of the purposes of playing tabletop games remotely with your loved ones, then the setup should be as simple as possible so that it will not deter any member — regardless of their age or tech-savviness — from joining in. This is exactly how IPEVO document cameras are designed around — simple to use. The plug and play feature of IPEVO document cameras requires no driver to be installed prior to using them. To use them, simply plug them into a USB port of your computer then launch a *software of your choice. It’s as hassle-free as that!
*Note: The software must be able to read video stream coming from a UVC camera. See the following point for more details.
3. Can be used with a variety of software
All IPEVO document cameras are UVC cameras, therefore they can be used with any software that can read video stream coming from a UVC camera. This makes IPEVO document cameras compatible with a large variety of 3rd party software and streaming services, such as Skype, Google Hangouts, Discord, OBS, and YouTube Live. Just use your document camera with the software that you are already comfortable with.
Using IPEVO document camera with a 3rd party streaming service.
4. Switch between “webcam view” and “doc cam view” easily
Reposition the camera to capture from different heights, angles and orientations using the multi-jointed arm of IPEVO document cameras. With a tilt of the camera head, you can switch easily from a “webcam view” of yourself to a “doc cam view” of any material that you wish to show your friends/family. This makes it totally possible to show off your dice rolling skills during the game!
Adjust the multi-jointed arm of your IPEVO document camera to capture and show off your dice rolling skill.
5. Double up as microphone for communicating
When playing tabletop games, particularly role-playing games (RPG), you’ll need to be able to communicate with each other verbally. This is where IPEVO document cameras come in handy with their built-in microphones. You can set the built-in microphone as your audio device and use it for communicating. This helps saving time and money as you don’t have to spent more on buying and setting up an external microphone.
6. Greater ease of use with tactile buttons
The tactile buttons placed on the body of IPEVO VZ-R and VZ-X document cameras give you quick control over live images. By pressing them, you can quickly and easily zoom in or out to look at any material, increase or decrease the exposure for a clearer image, rotate and/or refocus the image, and do much more. It increases the ease of use as you don’t have to switch to and fro your computer and the document camera.
Here’s a short video that sums up the benefits and convenience of using IPEVO document cameras to play tabletop games remotely, check it out:
So what are you waiting for? Grab an IPEVO document camera, invite your loved ones to a session of remote tabletop gaming, and stay connected and engaged!
When we were first speaking and recommending our document cameras to artists for streaming and/or documenting their creation process, we were met with many questions and doubts. Some of them include:
Regardless, we put forth our best effort to answer them in as simple words as possible.
Document camera? What’s that? I’ve never heard of it.
Basically, a document camera works like a webcam, but it offers much more in terms of functionality and versatility. For example, all IPEVO document cameras feature swiveling camera head that not only allows you to point it at your face for video conferencing but also at your documents/materials for large screen projection.
So what can a document camera do? How can it help with my work?
It’s going to change your life, and we’re not kidding! Our document cameras, when used with our Visualizer software, allow you to do a whole lot of things such as live streaming, take snapshots, record normal/slow motion/time-lapse/stop motion videos, and even scan documents.
My smartphone serves me well. I can just use it as a document camera.
While you can use your smartphone as a document camera, there are obvious benefits of using IPEVO document cameras. First, they free up your hands allowing you to fully concentrate on your work. Also, with their swiveling camera heads and multi-jointed stands, you can capture from different height, angle, or orientation, giving you multiple views.
I am not tech-savvy. That thing is too complicated for me to use.
Our document cameras are designed to be plug and play, meaning you don’t need to be tech-savvy in order to use them.
My desk has been filled with all sorts of tools, I don’t think there is enough space for a document camera.
No worries. IPEVO document cameras can fit in any tight space as they have small footprint. In fact, here’s a cool video we’ve made to highlight this:
Well… Thanks for the explanation, but I don’t have the budget to get one.
As compared to other brands on the market, our document cameras are priced affordably, meaning you don’t need to pay a hefty price tag for them. And we offer a range of document cameras — from the entry USB model V4K to the HDMI/USB dual mode VZ-R, and to the wireless option VZ-X — you’re sure to find one that best fits your needs and budget!
While we can go on and on in answering those questions, it is always better to show than to tell. Hence, when we get to know that a Taiwanese nail artist has been using our VZ-R document camera for her work (courtesy of our colleagues from the Taiwan office), we are thrilled to learn more!
As a nail artist Mamie needs to work with different types of tools, ranging from LED nail lamp and nail studs to art brushes and dotting tool sets. And not forgetting to mention, bottles and bottles of nail polishes. So more often than not, this leaves her desk with little or no space for anything else. Yet this doesn’t deter her from using VZ-R as with its vertical design and small footprint, VZ-R doesn’t take up much space when she is using it! And when she’s done, she can just fold it up and tuck it away.
A small space is what VZ-R needs.
To use VZ-R, Mamie connects it to her laptop via USB, turn it on, launch the free Visualizer software, point it at her customers’ nails, and voila, the live images instantly appear on her computer screen! Then, Mamie uses it to stream the nail painting process live to her customers, explaining her designs as they go along. And when she needs to zoom in, rotate or make some image adjustments, she’ll use the tactile control buttons placed on VZ-R’s body to do so. According to Mamie the use of VZ-R has thus far been well-received as being able to visualize the nail painting process in an entirely new way makes her customers feel way more engaged than before.
Mamie explaining her design to her customer.
Besides showing the process live to her customers, Mamie also uses VZ-R to stream her creation process online, record demonstration videos, and give live workshops. VZ-R’s multi-jointed design and swiveling camera head enable Mamie to stream or record from different height, angle and orientation. This gives her the flexibility to put the focus right where she wants while maintaining high image clarity. Her viewers can, in turn, clearly see and learn the techniques involved.
In addition, the HDMI mode of VZ-R proves to be extremely handy to Mamie as it allows her to connect directly to a projector or flat screen TV that is available at her respective workshop venues. Meaning, she gets to leave her bulky laptop at home!
Skip the need for a computer and connect directly to a projector or TV using VZ-R’s HDMI mode.
As seen in Mamie’s example, we believe the versatility, functionality and portability of IPEVO document cameras not only make them a prized asset for nail artists but also artists of all fields! Are you an artist too? Do grab one of our document cameras and give it a try!
Are you a vinyl collector looking for ways to digitize your vinyl covers so that you can keep a digital catalog of them, or simply, share their “vintageness” with other collectors? A conventional scanner would be the obvious chance if not for the fact that very few of them have large enough scanner bed to fit a 12” album cover. A DSLR camera or smartphone might be the next choice, however it would require some additional equipment like a tripod or a camera stand. And you’ll need a space big enough to accommodate these setups. Here’s where you’ll find IPEVO VZ-R HDMI/USB Dual Mode Document Camera as a surprisingly effective alternative.
VZ-R, with its small footprint, tall build, multi-jointed stand, swiveling camera head, and high resolution (8MP camera), is the ideal tool for capturing vinyl covers. So let’s take a look at how this little tool makes capturing and digitizing vinyl covers a breeze.
What you need:
1. A small desk space.
3. Lamp (to provide adequate lighting).
4. Laptop (for connecting to VZ-R and storing your images).
5. Free IPEVO Visualizer software (features “Scan Document” function for easy scanning).
6. Vinyl records (of course you’ll need them).
And that’s all!
Setting up and capturing:
1. Download Visualizer software onto your laptop. You can download it from https://www.ipevo.com/software/download/visualizer.
2. Connect VZ-R to your laptop via the included USB cable.
3. Place a vinyl cover under VZ-R.
4. Grab a lamp and place it by the side of the vinyl cover.
5. Turn VZ-R on. Launch Visualizer. The image of the vinyl cover should appear on your laptop screen.
6. Adjust the position, height and angle of VZ-R to ensure you have the whole vinyl cover in view. VZ-R’s multi-jointed stand and swiveling head make these adjustments easy.
7. Switch on the lamp. Look at the image on your screen. Adjust the position of the lamp so that you get an even lighting on the image.
8. Adjust parameters such as resolution, focus, brightness, exposure or more in Visualizer to fine-tune the image.
9. Choose “Scan Document” in Visualizer. Set the preferred aspect ratio and file format for capturing the vinyl cover.
And voila! You’re ready to digitize your vinyl covers.
Here’s a video for your reference:
So grab an IPEVO VZ-R document camera, try it out, and let us know how it works for you.
We have had teachers jokingly telling us how often they have to go for manicures to get their nails groomed if they are using IPEVO document cameras to teach. The reason being? They don’t want to scare their students with high clarity onscreen images of their cracked nails! Although this (using document cameras to show images of nails) could be an interesting setting, it didn’t register in our minds until our colleagues from the Taiwan office shared with us an example of how a Taiwanese nail artist uses our document camera to show and capture her nail painting process.
Tucked away in a corner of Mamie’s work desk is the small, versatile, and simple to use VZ-R HDMI/USB Dual Mode Document Camera. The small footprint and plug and play design of VZ-R allow Mamie to keep it by the side of her work desk when she doesn’t need it, and get it set up within minutes when she needs it — all without occupying too much of her desk space or getting in her way.
VZ-R’s small footprint allows it to be set up in any tight space.
To complete the set up, Mamie had VZ-R connected to a laptop via the included USB cable. Using the free IPEVO Visualizer software, she then show the nail painting process live to her customers on the laptop screen. Sometimes, she would even zoom in on her customers’ nails for a larger view. And the feedback have been largely positive — with the high image quality from VZ-R’s 8 megapixel camera both Mamie and her customers can literally visualize the entire process in a whole new way, enabling Mamie to review her designs instantly while allowing her customers to follow along. This makes her customers feel much more engaged.
Viewing the nail painting process on the laptop screen.
As a nail artist, Mamie also uses VZ-R to live stream her nail painting process online, and/or record demonstration videos. VZ-R’s multi-jointed stand and swiveling camera head come in really handy for this purpose. She can adjust VZ-R’s stand and camera head for streaming and recording from different heights, angles and orientations, providing her audience with a “holistic” view of the process.
Record from different heights, angles and orientations with VZ-R.
VZ-R’s versatility doesn’t end here. With tactile control buttons conveniently placed on its body, Mamie can adjust image settings such as rotation, exposure, zoom and others on the fly, without going back and forth to the laptop. What’s more, VZ-R’s HDMI output option gives Mamie the extra flexibility to connect it directly to a projector or TV via an HDMI cable for large screen projection. Meaning, she doesn’t need to bring her laptop along when she is traveling around to give live workshops!
Are you a nail artist using our document camera too? We’d love to know more!
Have a VZ-X but is unsure of how to connect it wirelessly to your device? Check out the following videos as we guide you through the process for for connecting VZ-X to your iPad, Android tablet, computer, or Apple TV.
After months of hard work, blood, sweat, and tears, we are super excited and extremely delighted to present to you our most versatile document camera VZ-X!
VZ-X comes with three connection modes — Wi-Fi, HDMI & USB — that allow you to use it in the setup that best suits your needs. Be it a Mac computer, Windows PC, Chromebook, iPhone, iPad, Android tablet or Android phone, you can use VZ-X seamlessly with them using our Visualizer software. In addition, its small footprint, swiveling head, and multi-jointed stand allow it to be easily set up in any tight spaces, providing you with extra flexibility.
Use VZ-X wirelessly for the freedom to engage from anywhere in the room
Also, its tactile controls and 9–12 hours of battery life further increase convenience when you’re using it. Not forgetting to mention its 8 megapixel Sony CMOS sensor, together with an Ambarella chip, that help deliver incredible details with fast focus, low noise and excellent color reproduction!
For a highlight of VZ-X’s features, do check out the following video: