HYtek Automation, Inc.
Thank you for ordering the HYTEK Stereo 3D Camera Driver.
Please read the following information carefully, you can find information about where to download the latest software/driver, how to setup 3D cameras and how to register the software.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
HYTEK Automation Team
HYTEK Automation, Inc.
468 Albert St.
PO. Box #: 28076
Canada N2L 6J8
OS: Winxp or up, CPU: 2.4GHZ or up, RAM: 512M or up, two USB 1.1 or 2.0 ports or firewire ports if your cameras are firewire cameras, 200M hard disk free space, two USB or firewire cameras/webcams that support WDM driver or Directshow. Depends on the camera type you use, some cameras may require better CPU rate or dual core and two USB2.0 ports or firewire ports may need to be located at two separate USB2.0 or firewire root controller to get enough bandwidth.
Stereo 3D Camera Drivers’ Download:
The HYTEK Stereo 3D camera driver can be downloaded from:
Camera Driver Installation:
Following are the steps to install the camera drivers:
AMCAP.exe application is free and included in the installation. Please go to start->All Programs-> HYTEK Stereo 3D Camera Driver->Video Capture Software, to launch the AMCAP software. After the AMCAP is up, do the following steps:
1. Select HYTEK 3D Virtual Camera2 as your source camera
Now go to the menu option “Devices”, left click to drop down the list, you should see at least three cameras listed there, two of them are your physical cameras, the next one should be “HYTEK 3D Virtual Camera2”, select “HYTEK 3D Virtual Camera2”, wait 4-5 seconds (please be patient, it takes a little bit more time than loading a single camera). You should see picture in picture mode, one video is embedded at the right bottom of the other video, this is 3D camera’s default mode. You may also notice that there is watermark on the video, that is because the software is not registered yet. You can register now or later after you play around with the 3D camera for a while. When you are ready to register the software, please refer to the section in this document “Register HYTEK Stereo 3D Camera Driver Software”.
2. Change the video output mode in property page
Now go to menu option “Options”, left click to drop down the list and select “Video Capture Filter…”, this will bring up the HYTEK Stereo 3D camera setting’s property page. See picture 2 below.
Picture 2: HYTEK 3D iVCam2 Property Page
In this page, user can select output video mode, swap left and right camera image and adjust physical camera settings. There are 12 different video output mode. They are Left image, Right image, Side By Side, Picture in Picture, Color Anaglyph 3D Image, Gray Anaglyph 3D Image, True Anaglyph 3D Image, Side By Side With Ratio, Up and Down, Up and Down with Ratio, 2D in 3D and 3D in 2D. Play around with the video mode, for the modes that are NOT anaglyph 3D, you can put the two cameras separately anywhere you want and you don’t need 3D glasses to see the video because video is in 2D mode. When you select Anaglyph 3D mode, if you have never worked with anaglyph image or know less about it before, the first time you select 3D mode, you may not see 3D. There are few tips you need to adjust before the 3D video pops up. Please read below the tips and tricks for making 3D video with HYTEK 3D iVCam2 system.
At this point, you may also want to check your CPU usage, if it’s close to 95%, we recommend you to upgrade your computer to a better one in order to use this 3D set smoothly.
3. Change the video output size and select different camera pairs for 3D
Now go to menu option “Options”, left click to drop down the list and select “Video Capture Pin…”, this will bring up the HYTEK Stereo 3D camera pin’s property page. See picture 3 below.
Picture 3: Pin Property Page
In this page, user can select the video output size, either 320x240 or 640x480, change the left and right camera selection, we recommend that you use a pair of identical cameras for better 3D result.
Tips and Tricks of seeing 3D video
In order to see the 3D video, you need to setup and align the cameras, this is very important. Please follow the steps below:
1. Mount the camera on triport: mount the two cameras on the triport that supplied by HYTEK or keep the two cameras at about 6.5cm distance if you don’t have HYTEK triport set. The two cameras should look at almost the same directions, you don’t need to screw in the cameras on the triport too tight for now because you may need to fine tune the direction at later steps. This will keep the camera distance at about 6.5cm, which is about our human eye’s distance.
2. Check left and right camera position: in order to see 3D video, the position of left and right camera is very important, or else you may not see 3D or you may get cross-eyed effect. To do this, switch the video mode to “Side By Side”, this way you will see two videos on the window. Face the cameras to the same direction as your eyes (just think they are your eyes), the left side is the left camera, cover your hand in front of the left camera, if you see the left side video on the screen is black (if you face to the screen, the left side is the left video for this case), that means the camera positions are correct. But if you see black in the right side video on the screen, that means the camera’s position is swapped, please check (or uncheck if it was previously checked) on the box of “Switch left and right camera image”, this will swap the left and right camera image. This step is very important, wrong position of left and right camera will give you crossed-eye feeling. You need to repeat this step every time you unplug and replug in cameras into USB ports, because the Windows OS does not remember the position of the cameras.
3. Adjust camera focus ring:
Adjust both cameras’ focus ring so that the object you want to focus has the best and clear image.
4. Adjust camera settings so that both camera has the same color tone: In property page showed in picture 2, click on the “Left Camera Settings”, this will popup camera settings page for left camera, adjust the color if you know what value to set, otherwise simply click on “Reset” button on the top right side, this will set to factory value, but also make sure to check on the “No Flicker” option depends on your country, either 50HZ or 60HZ of your power supply, wrong selection will cause video image to flick. Do the same thing for the Right Camera Settings. Both cameras should be adjusted to the same condition.
5. Align the cameras horizontally and vertically: Now switch the video mode to color anaglyph 3D mode. Adjust cameras to about the same direction and parallel to each other on the vertical direction with your eyes. Now look at the video window, you should see red and cyan shadow, although the two shadows maybe off on the vertical direction and horizontal direction. Now it’s time to fine adjust it. First find an object as your focus, something that has a clear shape and big, maybe in the center and front (and make sure this focused object has the most clear image by adjusting the focus ring manually on the cameras, for beginner, it’s easier to chose something about 1 or 2 meters away), this would be easier to adjust for 3D based on it. Adjust one camera vertically until the red and cyan shadow have almost no offset on the focused object in vertical direction, this is very important that the focused object has no vertical offset, otherwise it may destroy the 3D impression. Now adjust one camera, so that the red and cyan shadow of focused object have slight offset in horizontal direction, adjust so that the cyan shadow is on the left side of red shadow for your focused object, don’t care the other objects if cyan on the left or right side. You may want to hold on the stand of camera to adjust horizontal offset because if you hold on the body of the camera, it may shift the camera vertically which you just align previously. You may notice that by now the two cameras physically may not parallel to each other after you fine tune the images based on your focused object. It’s ok, important is the images on the screen are aligned. Now put on your 3D glasses, you should see some 3D effect. You can play with the horizontal offset to get different depth feelings. This alignment maybe harder for the first timer, but it will be easier and easier once you get used to it. Once you see some 3D effect, you can try to look at the 3D video from different angle, find the best position. Now you can try out the true anaglyph 3D mode, this will give you better 3D feeling, but the image is darker. If you want to learn more about different mode of anaglyph images, please search on Internet, you will find many knowledge-based pages.
6. Warning: long time wearing 3D glasses or looking at miss-aligned 3D video/image may cause cross-eyed feeling, dizzy and tired eyes. Stop using it or reuse it when you feel better at user’s will.
7. Haven’t Seen 3D yet?
Well, haven’t seen the 3D? Don’t be disappointed, read the above tips for 3D and follow the steps carefully, you will see some 3D effect sooner or later. Check out HYTEK stereo pages, all our 3D images and videos are made with the same set system. Or search on internet for anaglyph images, see how others align the red/cyan shadows, you may learn some. You should be able to do the same or even better. The first time it maybe harder, but you will sure get more experiences while you try few times.
Register HYTEK Stereo 3D iVCam Software:
Please go to Start->All Programs->HYTEK Stereo 3D Camera Driver->Software Registration, to launch the registration application. In step 1, please type in the product serial number (you will get this number after you purchase the software). Then press the “Get Side Code” button in step two. If the serial number is correct, you will see there is a long string showing up in the “Side Identification Code” field. Please copy the complete string from “Side Identification Code” field and go to the following webpage:
Paste the string into the “Side Identification Code” area in the above page and fill out the other field and then press “Submit” button. We will verify the serial number, if valid, an software “Activation key” will be sent to your email address provided shortly (it maybe a few hours before you receive it). You can press “Close” button for now. After receiving the “Activation key”, please launch the Registration application again and copy/paste the “Activation key” into the step 4 and press “Activate” button. The registration is finished. Now if you run AMCAP again, you will see there is no watermark on the screen anymore. Each product serial number can be used to get activation key once, which means you can register the software only on one computer with one license. You may also now try out video conferencing software such as MSN Live Messenger or Yahoo Messenger or others of your choice.
The HYTEK 3D iVCam2 and associated products are not designed to be a critical component in life support or systems where malfunction can reasonably be expected to result in personal injury. Customers using these products in such applications do so at their own risk and agree to fully indemnify HYTEK Automation for any damages resulting from such applications.
All HYTEK Automation, Inc’s hardware and software are provided "as is" and any express or implied warranties, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose are disclaimed. In no event shall HYTEK Automation, Inc. be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, or consequential damages (including, but not limited to, procurement of substitute goods or services; loss of use, data, or profits; or business interruption) however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of the use of HYTEK Automation’s software and hardware, even if advised of the possibility of such damage.
Last updated on Sept. 20, 2006
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