In order for ActiveDcam to recognize 1394 digital cameras that are connected to your system, DCAM 1394Camera Driver must be installed for each camera. This chapter explains how to install the driver in your system under the Windows operating system. If your 1394 camera comes with its own DCAM-compatible system software, do not use it, as it will not be compatible with ActiveDcam .
To install DCAM1394 Camera Driver, perform the following steps:
1. Make sure ActiveDcam is installed on your system. Connect your camera to the 1394 (FireWire) port. If no driver was previously installed for the camera, the Found New Hardware dialog will appear as shown below.
If the dialog does not show up, proceed to section 4 .
2. Choose not to connect to Windows Update and click Next. On the next dialog select Install the software automatically. Ignore the warning message that the driver is not signed up with Microsoft and click Continue Anyway.
3. Click Finish to complete the installation of the DCAM 1394 Camera Driver for the selected camera. Verify that your camera is now listed in the device manager as DCAM-compliant 1394 Camera :
4. If the New Hardware Found dialog didn't appear after you connected your camera, go to the Start menu -> Programs -> ActiveDcam and select Install Camera Driver. This should install the driver for all DCAM-compliant cameras connected to your system. Ignore the warning messages that the driver is not signed up with Microsoft.
5. As an alternative to the automatic installation, you can install the driver manually. Right click on My Computer and click Properties. Select the Hardware tab and click Device Manager . If there is no compatible driver installed, your camera will appear in the device list as a Generic 1394 Camera with a question or exclamation mark next to it:
If the system already has a compatible third party driver installed, the camera will appear under Imaging Devices with the third party driver's name next to it:
In order for the camera to work properly with ActiveDcam software, its driver must be changed to DCAM 1394 Camera Driver.
6. Right click on your device and select Properties . Choose the Driver tab and then click Update Driver .
7. Select either Install from a list or specific location (Windows 2000/Windows XP) or Browse my computer for driver software (Windows Vista/Windows 7, 8, 10) and click Next .
8. Select either Don't search, I will choose the driver to install (Windows 2000/Windows XP) or Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer (Windows Vista/Windows 7) and click Next . On the next dialog, click Have disk.
9. Provide the path to ActiveDcam subfolder containing a camera driver for your operating system. A typical location would be:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Win 7/Win 8/Win 10
Windows XP/Vista/Win 7 64-bit/Win 8 64-bit/
Win 10 64 bit/Windows Server 64 bit
10. From the list of the drivers select DCAM-compliant 1394 Camera and click Next . Ignore the warning message that the driver is not signed up with Microsoft:
11. Click Finish to complete the installation of DCAM 1394 Camera Driver for the selected camera. Verify that your camera is now listed in the device manager as DCAM-compliant 1394 Camera.
The driver installation is now complete. You might need to restart the system for the changes to come into effect.
Note - the described procedure must be repeated for each DCAM-compliant camera that you intend to use with ActiveDcam, regardless of a manufacturer or model.
Note - ActiveDcam supports only those cameras that comply with IIDC 1394-based Digital Camera Specification. DV camcorders and some other cameras that have the 1394 (FireWire) physical interface, but are not DCAM-compliant will not be recognized by ActiveDcam.