Webcam Viewer

Webcam Viewer


Change Log :

150712 Version 3.1 beta 2
– Changed setting to flyout
– Added open folder
– Added borderless mode
– Fixed camera not closed when exit without stop

150625 Version 3.0 beta 1
– Resizable Window
– New Style
– Added keep on top
– Added fullscreen
– Added store and load previous camera and resolution
– Thin border


– Windows 7,8,8.1
– .net 4.5



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91 thoughts on “Webcam Viewer”

  1. The change corrected the download problem. I was able to download the file this time.



  2. Hi there,

    Thanks for taking the time to write and make this useful software available to us!

    I downloaded v1.0 from CNET then saw the ‘bustatech’ link on the capture screen, came here and downloaded v2.1.

    Some feedback:

    Possible bug:
    1. Some resolutions are not showing the correct aspect ratio. For example if I select ‘1280×720’ it appears to be ‘4:3’ and incorrect size rather than 16:9 1280×720. resolution is not the correct aspect ratio. See screenshot here: (

    Feature request:
    2. Please can you save the last setting and attempt to load that on startup? For example I have 3 capture devices it would be great if it would select the last capture device I used and the correct resolution.


  3. Hi there,

    FYI: v2.1 is also quite laggy compared to v1.0. When I move my mouse on source device it seems delayed whereas v1.0 is instant.

    Thanks again

    1. Hi thanks for the feedback. I think it is due to new metro design of the interface. I will try to improve on that. If it happens to be laggy i will revert back to standard design interface. In the end we require the performance of the software. I think the visual comes later.

  4. thanks for a very useful software – small, simple, just works. Trouble is with all really useful programs, prompts some feature requests:
    * could you retain previous setting for camera and res (perhaps in a sidecar file?)
    * any chance it can be upgraded to include basic video recording, (perhaps with a tight click menu or double click?)
    Realise that changes might make a really useful image capture and test program a bit more complex tghan originally intended. If not, thanks anyway


    1. Hi dave, I am working on saving settings in new build. Will be released soon. As for video recording i will keep in my list to include in upcoming version 3 . Thank you for the feedback.

  5. New Version released. Please try out and let me know if there is any bugs. By the way some of the improvement suggestions will be included in next build. Thank you.

  6. The new versions don’t work for me. I have windows 7. After I select my camera and resolution and press start, an orange message comes up and tells me to select camera and resolution.

    Version 1 works good, however.

    1. Hi, sorry for the problem. I am working on the solution. Currently reverting back to normal windows makeup. Removing metro style which make quite a problem. Will upload latest one soon. Thanks for the feedback.

  7. old version is a way better or something is wrong with the new version.

    New version looks way better, but if I select to capture to a fix location nothing happens.

    No capture, no warning, nada.

  8. Very nice tool.
    I come from version 1.0 where double clicking on the screen saves the image, but with this version I get an exception: “Generic Error in GDI+”, and no image is saved.
    I have Windows 7 Home Premium.
    I can send you the full details of the exception if you want.

    Additionally pressing the little folder in the top right, it opens always the standard “Images” folder while I set as a save folder a dedicated folder on my desktop. Is it possible to make it open the same folder where the images are saved to?

    Thanks for any help.

  9. Hi all, i am reverting the design back to windows style. Removing metro design interface which causes problems. Will publish new version soon. Please send me any feedback or error screenshots to I have reactivated the email for support. Stay tuned.
    By the way thanks to all who have feedback to this little utility. I appreciate your feedback.

  10. Thanks for WebcamViewer, love it and use it 24×7. FWIW, I tried v2., but it uses a lot more (`2x) CPU than v1.0 on Win7 Professional SP1.

  11. Is it possible to get a version that ONLY shows the webcam capture and now window frame around it? Reason I ask is for screen casts that would be awesome. Seems windows has removed the desktop webcam software in windows 8. Either way thanks for an awesome program!

  12. hi! i just used webcam viewer version 1.0. but i cant find the folder where the images have been stored. can some1 help???

  13. Hi
    I have downloaded the webcamviewer 2.2 but when I tried to run my viruscanner blocked it saying that it is potential harming my computer.!

  14. Hi, regarding Webcam-Viewer v2.2, on my 1920×1200 monitor i got a “Warning – Resolution higher than your screen resolution” when i try to connect a 1.3Mpix camera on 1280×1024. Webcam-viewer v1.0 works fine, no message, the image is good. Thanks for your fine work.

  15. Hi, a very useful program; any chance you can add:-

    A mirror mode
    A view only mode ( i.e. no frame or minimal frame around the image) a bit like picture in picture! on a TV

    Many thanks

  16. It would be convenient if the last used webcam and resolution were automatically populated Webcam Viewer launched.

  17. Perfect. We are using this as a simple troubleshooting tool and as a simple supplement for a webcam that can transform it into a document camera. It is a good two click solution.

  18. I keep Webcam Viewer in a folder with shortcuts and some other programs which, like Webcam Viewer, do not require installation. It would be better, less confusing, if config.xml was named WebcamViewer.xml. Please!

  19. The ability to keep the camera window on top is exactly what i needed. Thank you. However would it be possible to have the interface either scale to resolution size or make the interface scaleable to allow it to take up less space on screen. settings could be in a pop out side menu πŸ™‚

  20. Hi,
    Thanks for this little program, it’s very handy.
    In version 2, when you select for example 1280 x 720, aspect ratio should change to 16:9 but it does not.
    Version 1 works perfectly, and I like the interface much more. As others said, it’s much better. Sticking with version 1 for now. Hope we can have the new version soon! πŸ™‚


  21. Hello,

    First, congratulations for the new version of Webcam Viewer.
    I really like this little app and I’m using it regularly.
    The Keep on top option is a great addition that the ver.1.0 was missing. (I have developed my own application that sets Webcam Viewer to stay always on top when started)
    However I have few recommendations:
    1) It will be nice to have the Keep on top option in the main form rather than in the options form.
    2) Your application creates xml file in the application startup path with the settings but this can be nicely achieved with the built in .net settings creating the appropriate settings file in the user profile automatically.

    Best regards,

  22. I have a brand new Logitech for Business Webcam C930e on Windows 7 64bit.
    When I use Webcam Viewer v. it works fine. If I try to use WV v2 it does not detect my webcam. Can you help? Thank you vlery much for this useful tool.

  23. hi
    I use the v1.0
    if possible I would like to know the name of the audio file that is played when I make a screenshot, to change it

  24. Hey there! Just wondering if you are still looking to update this amazing program. Hoping that you will be fixing the bug where it does not save to the ‘fixed folder’ location

  25. Hello, I really like the new >always on top feature. Allows me to have my face in the corner when I share desktop with a power point presentation in the background. I just wish the window edges could be trimmed to the just the image and that we could resize it to locate it in a corner without the extra margin.

  26. Hi all, the version 2 having quite number of problem. Now building new version totally overhauled version. Coming soon stay tuned. V2 not compatible with all type of computer. Sorry for the delay , working on something else.

  27. Hello.
    Thank you for your application!
    You’re doing great work!

    Is it possible to built in a fullscreen button (fullsceen without the taskbar)?

  28. Hello
    Have Vebcamviewer V3 installed yesterday.
    Many Thanks! But imperfections lLeider two?!.
    1. Exit the program via X CLOSE is not possible video stream persists. Only works with STOP
    2. Snappschot not possible every time the START comes message “Snapshot not availlable in this resolution …”
    … somehow unfinished tested … V1 is still the best …

    1. Hi Daniel, Thanks for the feedback.
      1. I have added the function in new upcoming beta release
      2. Snapshot function is only available in some resolution according to the hardware you use. Maybe the next update will only list resolutions which support snapshot in hardware level.

      V3 still in beta1… thanks for the feedback

      1. Why all of the sudden the “hardware level snapshot” feature? My webcam seems to only support that on 640×480, whereas V1 and V2 of WebCamViewer were able to show up to 1600×1200 resolutions of the same webcam (of course, at lower framerates). For me, that completely makes the app useless πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

  29. your software is awesome!!
    I have one request.. can you make the window more resizable ?
    I need it to be more small like 25% of the smallest size you set.
    is that possible ? can you do it ?
    I would be so thankful.

  30. Tested v1 and v3.1 beta, I like this very simple webcam app, two questions :

    – In V1 when I select resolution I see a number afeter, exemple “640*480 30” or “1280*960 9” what are the 30 and 9 ? the max frame rate ? is yes this is usefull but on V3.1 I don’t see it anymore.

    – I don’t see any webcam settings button that permit to display webcam’s driver settings (color/luminosity/saturation….)

    1. Hi , it is true that the number represent frame rate.

      Thanks for pointing out. Will include in next build. By the way since it is a simple app we never include additional features. But i will make it to my list for more enhanced version.

      Thanks for suggestion.

      1. OK thanks, being able to access settings panel of the camera is for me a “basic” feature for such tool like WebCamViewer as sometimes you cannot use the camera under some circumstances if you do not set/change camera’s parameters like the focus on my LogiTech C520 that sometimes I want to fix manually because it get bumpy in low light conditions.

  31. Please add the configure button for cameras, I would love to use this with my Axis IP cameras and other network based cams!

  32. I am loving this nice simple app. Is there a list someplace if what the various are? I have my setting file set up the way I want things, but would like to add an auto start feature for the camera.

  33. Hi, great software! I have been fan since v1
    V3 seems to fix almost everything and it looks very nice, however, I can’t connect to webcam on any reslution using Logitech Pro C920, works fine on v1 and v2.
    Error: This resoltion does not support hardware snapshot, click OK does not connect, click cancel does not connect.
    I really want ot try out new version, especially borderless mode!

  34. Webcam Viewer is excatly what I need. However, the newer versions up to v3.1 beta2 just show “Warning: this Resolution does not support hardware snapshot” when I press START. No image is shown. The resolutions offered are 640×480 and 1024×768, neither of which work.

    The Webcam is “SMART Document Camera 450”. It used to work with Webcam Viewer 1.0, but I’d like to move away from that version as it requires an old .NET Framework version that is no longer in the standard installation of Windows 10.

    How can I find out, what the problem is?

    Thank you for your help!

  35. Ok, I downloaded the 3.1 beta because it has the ability to save the configurations. My issue is that when try to view my Philips SPC 900NC webcam at any of the resolution options, I get a warning that says…

    “This resolution does not support hardware snapshot.” Neither the OK nor the Cancel button cause the image to be displayed.

  36. Hi!
    Excellent software, just downloaded the latest version update, but will not save snapshots anywhere, also, when stopped, the audio still continues to remain active!

  37. Hello
    I have Logitech C210 webcam. This is on a Windows 10 system.
    I am operating at the native resolution of 640/480/30
    The viewer 1.0 version works fine, including capturing images.
    However the 2.2 version crashes when I try to Start the camera
    And the 3.0b2 version warns “This resolution does not support hardware snapshot” and then nothing is displayed.

    Any help appreciated here.

  38. I’ve been trying to diagnose my webcam, its acting funny. It works in your version 1.0, but in V2 and V3 the webcam does not show up at all. Is there a difference how you interface with webcam between V1.0 and later versions?

  39. Hi there I’ve been playing around with your WebCam viewers, pretty impressive. Thank you for putting it together.

    I had trouble with the Version 3 (screen sizes didn’t seem to change, and every selection I made said β€œthis resolution does not support hardware snapshot”) so I concentrated on Version 2. I have a Logitech WebCam390e, which is one of the supported cameras.

    Using this version the highest resolution I can get is 1280 x 720. If I switch to either of the two higher resolutions the screen actually gets smaller. 1600 x 896 is the same physical size as the 480 x 270 selection, and the 1920 x 1080 is the same physical size as 640 x 360.

    Do you have any plans to update/or fix version 2 so that the highest resolution sizes work?

  40. I am using a AverVision U15 USB document/web camera which works well when using Webcam Viewer versions 1 and 2. Webcam Viewer 3.1 beta2 returns the message “Warning – This resolution does not support hardware snapshot”. About a dozen different resolutions are selectable but all return this same error message. No camera image is ever displayed.

  41. Hello, I have a question.
    Is it possible to make the app remember its size and position?
    It would be great just to turn the app, and automatically have the webcam running on the side of the screen, with size and webcam selected.
    Thank you very much for making such a wonderful app!

  42. Hi!
    Little feedback from a fellow software developer πŸ˜‰

    Environment: Win7 x64, logged in as admin, LogiTech HD WebCam C615

    Version 3.1b2:
    No matter which resolution I choose, the message is always “This resolution does not support hardware snapshots”

    Version 2.2:
    Resolution 1920×1080 produces message: Resolution higher than your screen resolution.
    I have 4 monitors connected, all having 1920×1200, so there seems to be a calculation problem.

    Version 1.0:
    works just fine πŸ™‚

  43. Unfortunately, I agree with others that version 1.0 is superior to all of your other iterations of this interesting piece of software. My compliments to you for your efforts at “simplifying” the ability to have a webcam image up and running on a computer screen. I went right to version 3.5 after trying out version 1.0 – I’ve not tried anything in between. Size and position are not remembered from one usage to the next. I would also like the current window to automatically re-size to the resolution I might choose at any given moment – user resizable windows are nice, but it’s more desirable to also have the program re-size the window when a resolution change is requested from the user. The “borderless” feature is “dodgy”, at times. I do not like the “single click” feature for storing an image – double click insures that I do indeed wish to capture an image. And as for storage – I dislike that captures are automatically sent to the user’s “pictures” folder with no user ability to modify this setting. This little discourse of mine is by no means meant to denigrate your efforts – you are a very clever fellow and I admire your efforts in all that’s available to we, your admirers, here on your web site!!!

  44. – Full screen is not workin in Windows 7. Task bar is still visible.

    – Esc should exit the full screen mode. Alt + Enter to turn full screen mode on.

    – Single click screen shots are really really annoying.

    – Webcam viewer can be used as a document camera!!! I would be good if you could draw on the picture. Basic feature from Paint are enough. Pen, thickness, color, eraser.

    – Brightness and contrast controll.

    – A way to select default camera and automatically select highest resolution.

    1. Correction: No need to automatically select highest resolution but a way to set default resolution for a device. After opening Webcam viewer it ‘s ready to use.

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