The Video Device Properties window includes tabs for settings, effects, and zoom control. These properties affect Skype video calls, photographs, and recorded video clips. You can see the effects of changes in Skype or in the .

To open the Video Device Properties window:

  • From Skype—Click the Webcam Settings button in the Skype Webcam Test window.

  • From the —Select Video > Properties to open the Video Device Properties window.

  • From the system tray—Right-click and select Open Property Page. The camera’s image must be displayed on your screen for the system tray icon menu to be active. From the system tray icon, you change the size of a still photo, change the picture frame, or access the Video Device Properties window.


Changes to video settings stay in effect even after you restart your computer. You can click Save to save the settings for later use and click Load to return to your saved settings. You can click Default to restore the factory default settings. These settings apply to Skype calls, the , and any other application that uses the .

Refer to the table below for information about changes that you can make from the Settings tab.


You can customize the camera’s view for Skype, still image photographs, and videos. An Effect changes the appearance of an image. A Frame overlaps the image with a fixed decoration, typically around it. In addition to the frames provided, you can use one of your own files. The file must be a 24 bit 640 x 480 pixel .BMP image, using plain blue as the transparency colour in the areas where you want the image to be visible.

Select No effect & frame to turn off all effects and frames. Select Auto Change to cycle through effects with a change approximately every eight seconds.


You can use zoom to electronically enlarge a portion of the image to fill the image space. Select Enable Zoom to make the zoom controls active. The Zoom In / Zoom Out slider controls the size of the zoom box, and the arrows move the zoom box around the image.

Enable Face Tracking zooms in on your face and follows your movement within the image area. The camera does not move.

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