by Steven B. Combs, Ph.D.
I’m experimenting with livestreams on the channel. I like to prepare video, but when I live stream, I can relax, enjoy the live chat with followers, and not worry about editing afterward. Like the Ronco Rotisserie, I can “set it, and forget it.” My first couple of livestreams were not good. Not because of the content (well maybe!), but because of the webcam I used to capture my desktop.
I remedied this situation with the purchase of the well-reviewed IPEVO VZ-R HDMI Document Camera. Why a document camera and not a webcam? Watch the video below and then read the rest of the post to learn why and to read my thoughts on this document camera.
In the video below, I unbox the IPEVO document camera, highlight features, and use in a few scenarios.
There is corresponding free software available, IPVEO Visualizer, for this camera; however, I chose not to download and install in favor of using the camera out of the box. A look at this software is its own video, and this software appears to have many valuable features: document scanning, split screen, and stop motion recording.
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I include many comments about this camera in the video and I try not to overstate them below:
At $219, this is a pricey investment; however, when you compare with other brands of “professional” document cameras, the cost is right in line, if not cheaper. If you’d like the same camera, for less, more mobile, and with fewer features, check out the IPEVO store for more options. I chose this model for the hardware controls, 4K, and HDMI port.
At the time of this writing, I’ve not yet used this camera for a livestream; however, I’ve been using it to record and I am pleased. The image quality is better than I expected, controls are simple to use, and it works with OBS Studio on my Mac without issue. I need to spend time with the software available, but this is not a priority since the device worked as I needed right out of the box.
There is no reason to hesitate if you are on the fence to purchase this camera. I’ve tried and sent back four or five webcams to use as a document camera. None of them, of course, worked because they were not a true document camera designed to grab the contents on your desk or workbench. The IPEVO VZ-R is “the right tool for the right job.” If you have a regular need for a document camera, purchase one now!
Below is an image gallery for the IPEVO VR-Z:
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