Logitech C920 Live Capture Issues on Windows
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The only solution I found is to install the last version of the logitech "capture" software, in which I can visualize a fluid 720p image. It generates a "logi capture" virtual input that I see in Isadora. But as soon as I click on "start live capture", Isa crashes... I've just been sending a isa crash report that occured when I clicked on "start live capture"...
Can you tell us where you downloaded "the last version of the logitech capture software" so we can attempt to recreate the situation?
What are your specs and what version of Windows 10 are you running?
Additionally, I'd skip over anything like using a USB Hub to see if for some reason having multiple webcams of identical make and model on the same usb hub was confusing the computer.
@woland I've been trying with the new webcam alone and it's directly connected on a USB port from my computer.
My configuration :
* windows 10 propx
* Intel Core I7-6700K 4GHz
* 16 Go Ram
* NVidia Geforce GTX 970M
* SSD for the system : Isa is installed on the SSD
I've been doing a test on VVVV which is a soft I don't know very well :
- I can use as an input the "logi capture" driver without making it crash !
- But if I close "logitech capture" software and choose directly "HD Pro webcam C920" as an input in 1280x720px I experience the same problems I described earlier : no fluid image, looks like the framerate is 12fps, while the soft indicates 30fps. If I put it in 640x480px the image becomes fluid (same in Isa when I choose directly "HD pro webcam C920" as input).
Looks like the driver of the webcam is not directly usable by the softs : it needs the "logitech capture" software as a bridge to fully understand it... rough because the "logitech capture" soft doesn't allow to fully control the exposure manually.
@mark : could you do the test you were talking about Mark ?
Since the "logitech capture" soft doesn't solve the problem, I did some tests trying to get a fluid image with the driver of the camera directly (and not the virtual input created by the "logitech capture" soft). I did a new try on vvvv (sorry it's not to compare both softwares, it's just to see if they react the same), and in the "video in" node in vvvv there is an option that solves the problem : "reference clock". When I change it from "default" to "system" or "none" the image suddenly becomes fluid... If I could repeat this on isadora all my problems would be solved, but I don't find any equivalent option in Isadora, and I don't really understand what that "clock reference" means.
Does somebody know how it works ?
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could you do the test you were talking about Mark ?
I will try, but since I do not have the most recent C920 causing the problem, I don't know if it will prove anything.
See if something simple like Skype or Google Hangouts has issues with the camera. That'd be interesting information.
@woland : I've been trying on skype and the image provided by the webcam is completely fluid. I used the driver of the webcam directly, I didn't use the logitech software.
I've been trying something else : since I can have a fluid image in vvvv, I did a test with spout, sending the image decoded in vvvv in 1280x720 into isadora. But as soon as I switch to fullscreen in isadora the framerate of the image is going real slow (while isa indicates that the fps counter remains at 30, and the load remains low). When I just look at the preview in a floating window, the image become more fluid, it's not perfect yet but real better...
I did a reverse test : sending a live image from a webcam from isa to vvvv : no problem, both images are identical
Have you seen this before ? I don't understand why all those bugs in receiving some live inputs in isa...
Are you by chance on a laptop with an onboard Intel video card?
I have seen cases where fullscreen video gets choppy due to the Intel video chips.
If you haven't already, you need to set Isadora.exe to use only the dedicated graphics card.
If you're using a Windows laptop with an onboard Intel video card, as @DusX suggested, I'd try following the instructions in this article to set Isadora to only use the dedicated graphics card: https://support.troikatronix.com/support/solutions/articles/13000064926-windows-laptop-configuration-of-integrated-onboard-and-dedicated-graphics-cards-for-isadora-2-and-
Do you have another Windows 10 machine on which you can test the two working C920s and the new pain-in-the-butt C920?
C920 prices have skyrocketed during the pandemic so it's not exactly cheap for us to order a brand-new one to test this one issue (which we may not even be able to re-create).
@woland : I understand perfectly that it's not the right moment to buy a new C920. Indeed it's not cheap any more since the pandemic...
I've been trying to do what you suggested @DusX , I was not sure if I had an onboard intel card. But in the list of my system components my GTX 970m is the only graphic card listed... I've tried to do the Nvidia panel configuration you suggested, but once I've choosed Isadora I can't do the next step because I don't have any drop-down menu that would allow me to choose "High-performance NVidia processor", which I think means that I really don't have any onboard intel graphic card...
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So this conversation is interesting to me.... I have been using Logitech 920's and 930's on PC with Isadora for years without issue. They're pretty much rock solid, with OR without the Logitech software installed.
Recently, I tried to use my 930 (which is essentially the same as the 920, but with a wider lens) in Isadora and immediately found a dramatic slowdown of the system, as described by @loulight . I wonder if something has changed in the OS in a recent update?
I think I've a clue about what's making the image of my new C920 not fluid : as I said earlier in vvvv I managed to have a fluid image. In vvvv I can choose between 2 differents "video format" : YUY2 and MJPG. By default it is in YUY2 and it produces the same problems of non fluid image as in isadora. But as soon as I switch to MJPG the framerate of the image reaches 30fps.
Is it possible to do the same switch in isa ?
I too have a C920. But I did remove the LogiCapture software. Sometimes Isadora did not see the camera at all if I had opened the LogiCapture software at all that day. A restart fixed that.
But for me once it works it was fine. Maybe remove the LogiCapture software and see? Not sure how else I can help here really. Sorry.