note: this guide was made for Windows XP but hopefully will also work for Vista/Win7
right, many people on youtube seem to have trouble getting the full 30fps out of the minoru3d, here is a mini-guide that might aid you through this quest. Hopefully it will help you achieve 30 frames per second even in side by side 1280*480
Towards the end if all goes well you should be able to make nice smooth videos like this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXbQ6J64Dtc
Also according to minoru3d this might not work for everybody
a small number of PC's the 30 fps mode cannot work due to the specific PC hardware and a blank screen will result. In that case then please select the 15 fps mode. Also note that in order to achieve 30 fps then the scene should be well lit or the exposure should be adjusted manually.
All I can say is your pc better be "modern". I haven't even been able to get any laptop to record in 1280*480 even at 15fpsA room with good lighting is imperative!1. install the latest minoru3d drivers, run the setup wizard, etc- make sure it's working correctly and that youa re able to record at least a low-fps videohttp://minoru3d.com/download-a-support.html
2.make sure your camera uses the vimicro drivers and not the microsoft drivers.
For this, go to the device manager (right click on the "my computer" icon,go to the hardware tab, and click the device manager button)
"Under the imaging devices" category you should see something similar
if you see "usb webcam" this means it's the microsoft driver! to make sure, even if it's as above, right click either one of them and go to properties- make sure the manufacturer is "Vimicro" and the driver version ends with .31 (and not .29)
if the manufacturer is listed as microsoft this means the default windows drivers kicked in which is not what we want- right click each webcam in the device manager, go to "update driver", follow these steps:
if the driver is by Vimicro but the version number ends with .29 then download this:http://www.voipvoice.com/downloads/Mino ... _0_0_3.exe
and install- it will update the previous driver automatically3.Adjusting the exposure
Go to the Minoru3d video capture utility.
first select 1280*480 and 30fps, then go to video propeties
adjust the exposure- in a regularly-lit room a setting of -3 or -4 should do. This will make the image somewhat darker- to compensate I always set the the brightness to full and gamma to very high. Also if your room is dark turning off "white balance" will make the image much nicer and also yellower
However be careful with "white balance" - you have to turn it off/on every time you start the webcam or start recording since other wise you will get a green-colored video
Remember- exposure is the only true setting that affects hardware/frame rate- all the others like brightness/gamma/contrast/etc are filters/effects and are no different if you were to add them later in a video editing suite like Sony Vegas/Adobe Premiere/Final Cut/movie maker/etcAhh help!! when I select 30fps my camera goes black or 1 eye freezes!
answer: make sure that in step 2 your driver version ends with .31
If that doesn't help make sure you have plugged it into a usb 2.0 port- try plugging it into different usb ports.
if none of that helps try a different computer