How to Use a Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 for Skype

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How to Use a Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 for Skype
The LifeCam VX-3000 follows your movements so you can move while chatting. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

The Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 Web camera includes pan, tilt and zoom funtions, video effects and automatic face-tracking that make video chat through services like Skype both simple to set up and enjoyable. The VX-3000 also includes a built-in microphone designed specifically for voice so that you are free to move without degrading speech clarity. Verify the VX-3000 video functionality using LifeCam and Skype software, check Skype microphone settings and then start video chatting with friends through Skype.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Plug the LifeCam into an available USB port on the computer. Close all other video program windows. Click the "Start" button on the Windows 7 desktop and click "Programs." Click the "Microsoft LifeCam" program group and then click "Microsoft LifeCam." Verify that video is displayed in the window that appears and that the video is from the Microsoft LifeCam.

  2. 2

    Click the "X" in the upper-right corner of the LifeCam video window to close the window.

  3. 3

    Click the "Start" button on the Windows 7 desktop taskbar and click "Programs," then click the "Skype" program group. Click the "Skype" icon in the menu that appears.

  4. 4

    Type your Skype username and password if prompted and press the "Enter" key. Click the "Tools" menu near the top of the Skype window and click "Options" in the menu that appears.

  5. 5

    Click "Audio Settings" in the left pane of the Skype --- Options window. Click the "Microphone" drop-down box and click the "LifeCam" option in the list that appears.

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    Click the "Video Settings" item in the left pane. Verify that video from the LifeCam is visible in the video window. If video from the LifeCam is not visible, plug the LifeCam into a different USB port, restart the Skype software and then verify that LifeCam video displays in the Video Settings page of the Skype --- Options window.

  7. 7

    Click the "Save" button. Double-click on a Skype contact from the list of contacts in the left pane to call the contact person and verify that he can see the LifeCam video during a Skype video call.

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