To get the best out of your webcam choose a video quality setting that gives you good quality but does not use up tons of resources from your CPU. Higher resolution setting does not always equal to best experience based on CPU speed and internet bandwidth. HD settings are 720 dpi and 1080 dpi. Trying using a setting of 720 if you must use a HD setting and you notice a sluggishness of your computer performance.
Some webcam comes with auto focus. This tends to be a bit annoying as the slightest movement may cause the camera to self adjust and the view will get blurry during this adjustment. To prevent this from happening go into the camera settings via the installed software. Normally this settings can be found in the properties and auto focus normally comes in the form of a check box. Uncheck it, hit apply and this will take off the auto focus. Please note that you may have to manually adjust the focus to get the optimal viewing resolution before clicking OK to close out the properties box.
Its also helpful to check for any updates out there for your camera by visiting the manufacturer's website or some software comes with a check for updates button. Updates are normally released to help in giving you a better experience when using the webcam.
All computers come with a generic sound card with a mic input and headphone output or a mic input, line input and headphone output. We suggest that you use the line input if available. If not the mic input will suffice. Please note that there are professional soundcards on the market for computers that are not only cost effective but will also make your audio sound better. If you choose to go this route we recommend a soundcard with 1/4 inch or XRL inputs.
Your generic soundcard property settings can be found at the bottom right hand corner of your screen in the form of a speaker icon right next to the time and date. This will give you volume control for the headphones and other application that require sound control like web browsers and any audio program that is currently open. Whatever input option you are using we recommend that you adjust the volume level between half and three quarter gain. To get to your mic or line input properties you will need to open up your control panel, click on the hardware and sound link and at the bottom of that pop up screen you should see the a link to the soundcard displayed as manufacturer name. Clicking this link will open up a window that would look different from computer to computer based on the manufacturer but you should notice the Line In or Mic input where you can adjust the volume level from there.
As a professional DJ you already know how to adjust your audio level. For those who need to compare knowledge we recommend that your meters are not sticking in the red. Sticking in the red is a sure sign of distortion. Keep your levels just below the red. It can beat into the red a bit but nothing higher than that. This will ensure the cleanest sound at the highest output level. The venue will be able to adjust their volume level to suit the noise level they desire as they will be plugged into a mixer that would give them volume gain. Once your levels are set there is no reason for you to increase your volume.
All computers come with a generic sound card with a mic input and headphone output or a mic input, line input, line output and headphone output. We recommend you use the line output if available. If not the headphone output will suffice. Please note that there are professional soundcards on the market for computers that are not only cost effective but will also make your audio sound better. If you choose to go this route we recommend a soundcard with 1/4 inch or XRL outputs.
Your volume setting for your output can be set to the highest level as this will very rarely pose any problems as far as distortion. The distortion problem will, for the most part, come from the DJ and once his settings are optimal you will be rocking sound wise.
We recommend that you have a separate multi-channel mixer which normally comes with 1/4 inch inputs. If you have a professional soundcard with 1/4 output then all you will need is a 1/4 to 1/4 audio cable. If using the generic 1/8 audio output from the computer, you will need to get a 1/8 to 1/4 audio cable. If that cable is not available you can couple a 1/8 to male rca cable to a male rca to 1/4 cable via a female rca adaptor. The shortest cable is always better as longer cable puts you at risk of picking up audio interference. Plug the 1/4 cable into two channels of the multi-channel mixer and adjust your EQ and volume gain to suit.
If this is the only option available you will most likely be working with rca line inputs on each channel of the DJ mixer. If your computer is equipped with a professional soundcard with 1/4 output then you will need a 1/4 to rca audio cable. If you are using the generic soundcard of the computer then you will need to get a 1/8 to rca audio cable. Choose the channel you wish to use on the DJ mixer and connect the rca connector to the line in of the channel. You may need to switch the channel to line input if not already selected. You can now adjust the channel gain. We recommend that you do not let the channel gain cause the audio meter on the associate channel to stick in the red. If needed adjust the level on the main volume of the mixer.