Pentium 75mhz or faster
Bi-directional Parallel Port, (ECP for optimal performance)
16MB RAM min.
Sound card, microphone, speakers.
Enough free disk space to store your videos.
The eCam from Newcom
Inc. is a desktop digital video camera that you can use to take videos, and email them
to others. The idea sounded great. A camera small enough to stash in the laptop
case, and all the hardware cables were included. Here are the actual hardware specs:
Unfortunately, performance was not what I expected. First of all, I should mention
that although the ECam web site has driver for Windows NT 4.0, their technical support
told me that “the ECam will not work on the
NT platform.”. This was good to know, since I spent days trying to get it working on
my NT system. (I thought, since I found an NT driver on their web site, that it was
So, we went and loaded the drivers on a Windows95, 400mhz machine. ECam worked,
but the quality of the video was not that good. The screen display of the live
camera picture was grainy, and it stopped and started often. When I made a little
video recording, it was’t smooth at all. Also, while running the software, mouse movement
wasn’t smooth either… it was choppy. The software saved the video clips with an .AVI
extension but I couldn’t get them to play in the regular Windows Media player.
For the price, there are probably better cameras and software out there.
Slowed the whole system down while recording video.
Wouldn’t work with NT.