Booru Webcam 2.0 will help you capture images from your webcam. The images can easily be published on your own homepage, archived locally on your harddrive or stored on the Internet. The goal of Booru Webcam is to increase the fun and usefulness of your web cameras.
For usage instructions, the sections are best read sequentially from Install/Uninstall and forward. The sections are ordered to be as helpful as possible when guiding you through your first-time setup. The features and changes sections are informative regarding the capabilities of Booru Webcam.
The main features of Booru Webcam are:
You do not need to install Booru Webcam 2.0. It is simply enough to copy the distributed files to your preferred folder. Booru Webcam will store its settings as files in the same directory as it is started from.
Uninstallation of Booru Webcam is done by removing the files you copied from the distribution plus removing any setting-files that are created in the same folder.
Note that Booru Webcam requires the Microsoft GDI+ to be installed to work properly. The GDI+ component can be downloaded from
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6a63ab9c-df12-4d41-933c-be590feaa05a&DisplayLang=enUnfortunately we cannot redistribute them since that would force us to have a more restrictive licence.
The application is started by launching the executable file "boorucam.exe" from the installation package.
When Booru Webcam 2.0 is started you get a little tray icon in the lower right corner of your screen. All functions of the program are accessed from the tray menu that is available by right-clicking on the tray icon or the preview window (unless it is hidden or ghosted). The preview window appears by default somewhere in the middle of the screen. It can easily be enabled/disabled by either left-clicking the tray icon once or by right-clicking the tray icon and then selecting "Show Preview" in the menu. To start viewing a camera or some other image source (TV-card etc), use the Camera submenu of the tray menu to select one.
The window keeps its settings (visibility, position, size, etc.) from the last time Booru Webcam was up and running. That means if you hide the preview window and then exit the application, the window will still be hidden the next time you start Booru Webcam. Similarly, the application will start uploading images to an FTP server as soon as it is started if this was enabled during the last session.
Right-clicking on the BooruCam tray icon brings up the tray menu. The following options become available:
This menu displays a list of the cameras and other image sources that are available on the system. Selecting an item here changes the current input source. The following two items are displayed for sources that support them:
The preview window continually shows you the image that Booru Webcam produces from after applying all effects on the image grabbed from the webcam. What you see in the preview window is what will be saved to file or uploaded to the Internet.
The first time you start Booru Webcam the preview window will probably only show a still image. This happens when no image source has been selected (see selecting image source).
Optionally, the preview window becomes transparent (ghosted) after a short amount of time when the mouse pointer is placed over it. This is to allow clicking on things beneath it without having to move the window. The ghosting behavior can be configured in the Ghosting section of the Options dialog
Click on the icon on the left hand side to select an options section. The following sections are available:
This plugin draws an image on top of the current frame.
This plugin draws text on top of the current frame.
Note: All options under the Image and FTP-section are temporary and are not activated until the "Ok"-button on the options dialog is pressed.
If image capture is desired only when manually selecting Instant Grab from the main menu, deactivate automatic saving by setting the interval to "0".
ftp://user@hostname/path/filename ftp://firstname.lastname@example.org/upload/images/webcamImageThe same rules for file naming apply here as described in Save Image.
String expansion is a function that is used in different places in Booru Webcam 2.0. The purpose of string expansions is to make the texts (e.g. the text overlay or the file name) dynamic. The text will change automatically according to some simple rules.
Take for example that you want to save all the captured images. Ordinarily each image would be overwritten by the next image that comes from the web camera. A solution to this would be to enumerate the images like this
PartyImage1.jpg PartyImage2.jpg PartyImage3.jpg PartyImage4.jpg ...
String expansions solves this problem in a simple way. We set the image filename to PartyImage%i and Booru Webcam will replace the %i with a number that is incremented for each saved image. (The ".jpg" extension is added automatically to the filename when saving as a JPEG-file)
All the following control sequences can be used anyhere in a string that uses string expansion. The same control sequence can be used multiple times in a single string.
This filename specified for images that should be saved locally could produce the following files.
C:\ImageArchive\2005-10-07\Home-11:44:26.jpg C:\ImageArchive\2005-10-07\Home-11:54:26.jpg C:\ImageArchive\2005-10-07\Home-12:04:26.jpg C:\ImageArchive\2005-10-07\Home-12:14:26.jpg ... C:\ImageArchive\2005-10-08\Home-01:34:26.jpg C:\ImageArchive\2005-10-08\Home-01:44:26.jpg
A goal has been to keep as much of the same functionality from previous versions as possible, with the addition of new useful features. Though some features might have changed due to various reasons, we have tried to continue in the spirit of the original Booru Webcam with an easy-to-use, slim but powerful application.
At first sight you might notice that Booru Webcam 2.0 uses more memory than previous versions. This has a lot to do with the use of Microsoft's DirectX. Unfortunately the overhead is larger than before, but in return we will be able to do a lot of new impressive stuff. This will become obvious in the near future when new functions are added. We have a whole slew of great and fun ideas that we wish to implement ASAP.
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