Creative Introduces Live! Cam Socialize HD Web Cam

By on January 12, 2010
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The Creative Live! Cam Socialize HD streams up to 30 frames per second in High Definition which can then be uploaded to YouTube with a single click.


PR: Creative Technology Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital entertainment today announced the Creative Live!® Cam Socialize HD web cam with Creative’s best-ever quality for video chatting on Yahoo!, MSN and Skype, and for recording video in high definition to post on social media sites such as YouTube. The Creative Live! Cam Socialize HD streams up to 30 frames per second in High Definition for a smooth video experience. Its recording capability allows users to film their vlog (video blog) or video in high quality, unlike video from traditional VGA web cams that often looks blurry. Users can also upload their HD videos to YouTube with a single click instead of taking multiple steps.

The new low-profile design of the Creative Live! Cam Socialize HD brings the lens closer to eye-level for more personal face-to-face interaction during video chatting or teleconferencing. Combined with a hi-speed USB 2.0 connection, this plug and play web cam provides smooth video capture and transmission at up to 30 frames per second while its built-in noise-cancelling microphone eliminates background noise for clearer audio.

The Creative Live! Cam Socialize HD is so small that it is perfect for use with netbooks, notebooks or desktop computers. It is so lightweight that it stays securely attached to any monitor, unlike larger previous generation cameras where their weight could make them unstable during use.

“According to the official YouTube blog, as of May 2009, 20 hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute, the equivalent of Hollywood releasing over 86,000 new full-length movies into theatres each week. Video incorporates many social aspects and more and more people are using their web cams for video chatting and filming vlogs and video. We wanted to improve the overall experience, which is why the Live! Cam Socialize HD comes with improved video quality, easy video uploading capabilities and a robust software suite,” said Esther Kho, Senior Marketing Specialist, Regional Sales for Creative Labs Asia.

“Additionally, we wanted to introduce a new form factor that helps people make eye contact more effectively during video chatting than many previous generation web cams, which can have the effect of looking down on you.”

The Creative Live! Cam Socialize HD delivers 16:9 widescreen video in 720p resolution for recorded videos so users can easily record a vlog or video right from their desktop and edit the video by adding audio and video effects. Uploading to social media web sites, including YouTube, is easy using the integrated one-click uploading feature right from the Live! Central 2 software screen. The enhanced Live! Central 2 software suite features new Media Show and Desktop Share features. With Media Show, users can easily share photos and slide presentations as a slideshow in the IM video window of video messaging clients. Desktop Share enables users to share any live content shown on the desktop, including videos and documents.

Live! Central 2 Software Suite Features
• Media Show – share photos and presentations as a slideshow in the IM video window, including MSN, Yahoo! and Skype
• Desktop Share – share any live content including videos, photos and documents
• Social Media Integration – simple one-click video uploading to YouTube and Photobucket
• Audio and Video Effects – liven up video chats and recorded videos by adding multiple effects such as entertaining backgrounds and voice morphing or doodling, which enables users to draw directly onto the screen
• Password protected parental control

Live! Cam Socialize HD Features
• Super small lightweight design with a flexible base works exceptionally well with netbooks, notebooks and desktop PCs
• Instantly access an online contact list at the touch of a button with Live! Contacts
• True HD sensor and high-speed USB 2.0 connection
o Optimal HD resolution delivers 720p for recorded videos (1280 x 720) for widescreen displays (16:9)
o High frame rate, smooth video capture (up to 30 fps)
• 5.7MP* photo capture
• Noise-cancelling microphone

New Family of Creative Live! Cams
Creative also unveiled two new members of the Creative Live! Cam Family – the Creative Live! Cam Socialize and Creative Live! Cam Sync. Both web cams feature a VGA sensor for up to 800 x 600 video recording*.

This new family of web cams is designed to offer users several options when choosing a web cam to suit their needs. From the best performance at the lowest price with the Creative Live! Cam Sync, to the built-in noise-cancelling microphone in the Creative Live! Cam Socialize, to HD quality video capture with the Creative Live! Cam Socialize HD, this new family of web cams offers something for everyone.

Pricing and Availability
The new Creative Live! Cam family will be available from 10 February at all authorised retailers in the Middle East at the following suggested retail prices:

Creative Live! Cam Socialize HD – AED 199
Creative Live! Cam Socialize – AED 129
Creative Live! Cam Sync – AED 59


Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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