SINGAPORE, 15 Sep 2009 - Widescreen technology is everywhere these days, built into virtually every new notebook, desktop monitor and flat-panel TV, and today Microsoft Hardware sets a new standard for webcams with the launch of LifeCam Cinema, the first consumer webcam on the PC to offer widescreen video with a native 720p sensor.
The timing couldn’t be better, with more and more people going online to share videos with friends and family; in fact, more than 10 million videos are uploaded each month to Facebook alone. LifeCam Cinema webcam’s 720p widescreen sensor will deliver clear, quality videos — without leaving anyone out of the shot.
“When our industrial design team started working on LifeCam Cinema almost a year ago, we were motivated by the fact that new computer displays were predominantly widescreen and top social networking sites were allowing widescreen video,” said Katherine Teu, regional marketing manager in Southeast-Asia for Microsoft Hardware.
“LifeCam Cinema sets the stage for the next generation of webcam use: uploading widescreen videos with amazing quality to social networking sites and soon chatting live with friends and family in widescreen format.”
Feel Like a Movie Star in Virtually Any Light
LifeCam Cinema was created to deliver an experience like the movies, with great high-definition (HD) video and clear sound. However, life doesn’t happen on a movie set, and most people don’t have a lighting team in their house to make them look camera-ready. In common indoor settings (low-light situations) Microsoft Corp. is delivering an easy way to show amazing video quality in these scenarios. Maintaining a high frame rate even in the lowest lighting, LifeCam Cinema helps ensure that users look well lit and that video remains smooth.
Webcam Goes Wide
As the only PC consumer webcam on the market today with a native 720p sensor that delivers widescreen video capture at 16:9, LifeCam Cinema provides 720p high-definition video and features Auto Focus to keep video sharp from across the room all the way up to 4-inches from the webcam.
Also launching with LifeCam Cinema is Microsoft’s ClearFrame Technology, which offers faster image processing technology to help deliver smooth video at any resolution and improved noise reduction technology to reduce image graininess and keep video sharp. Finally, the LifeCam Cinema webcam’s widescreen technology allows the widest angle of capture ever for a Microsoft webcam, at 74 degrees — no need to worry about leaving anything out of the shot again.
Easily Edit and Share Videos
After people create high-end videos and take crystal-clear still photos with LifeCam Cinema, they will now have access to two new integrations with Windows Live that make editing and uploading videos and photos a breeze:
• Windows Live Movie Maker is new and now available with HD support. Users can now easily turn photos and video memories into extraordinary movies and upload them to popular sharing sites such as YouTube and Facebook with one click.
• Windows Live Photo Gallery enables users to easily upload a photo to edit, tag and share with friends and family.
Pricing and Availability
LifeCam Cinema will be available in September for the estimated retail prices of S$129 . Microsoft backs the LifeCam Cinema with a worldwide three-year limited hardware warranty.