Windows 8 webcam application video surfaces

Hot off the heels of the Windows 8 "pattern login" video from yesterday comes this new video from the same source. MyDigitalLife user "PlainDickhead" has posted another YouTube video from a copy of Windows 8 believed to be newer than the leaked M1 build currently circulating on the Internet. The video, which originated from this thread, demonstrates a webcam UI for configuring webcam settings, application settings, and allows users to take timed or instant still shots and short video clips.

The application has a Metro-esque feel to it, with a dark background, spacious UI controls, and large fonts. The settings for the application allow one to specify a webcam, audio source, video resolution, frame rate, and an audio recording level. On another tab, users can let the webcam driver automatically determine picture settings, or they can manually adjust the brightness, focus, exposure, and zoom levels, as well as the flicker refresh rate.

Users may snap a video or still shot by clicking on one of three icons to the right of the application. In either mode, the user is offered to keep or throw away the captured output. For videos, it appears that basic frame cropping functionality is there, in addition to setting a zoom level. However, the video preview does not appear to work correctly in this build. For still shots, users may crop the preview output before saving.

The video is available below for your viewing pleasure. And don't worry, this one is definitely safe for work!

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If it is real it wil be good. It has frustrated me that some hardware could do this in XP, but they took the functionality out in Vista / 7.

I want to see this on ARM and Atom. It is a huge huge huge deal if it is so. You can do 'almost' anything on a quad-core Core i7.

I just don't understand why people like the metro look... I feel like I'm in a twilight episode or something when people praise it. Am I the only one who thinks metro is by far the ugliest modern interface Microsoft has come up with? It looks bad on WP7, it looks bad on Microsoft's iPhone apps (photosynth), and it looks bad as the UI of a full OS like Windows 8. I just don't get it!

sabrex said,
I just don't understand why people like the metro look... I feel like I'm in a twilight episode or something when people praise it. Am I the only one who thinks metro is by far the ugliest modern interface Microsoft has come up with? It looks bad on WP7, it looks bad on Microsoft's iPhone apps (photosynth), and it looks bad as the UI of a full OS like Windows 8. I just don't get it!

Because the people who like it (aka me) don't like gaudy glossy transparent UI's, we prefer minimalist austere GUI's that are utilitarian and straight to the point - let me get on with my work and don't bug me. It is the same reason I can't stand the 'aqua' scroll bars on Mac OS X and why I turn off menubar transparency as soon as I install Mac OS X.

If Windows 8 turns into a heavily metro-fied operating system that is secure, stable, and fast then my decade as a Mac user will come to an end in favour of moving over to Windows. Right now Lion is horrid; elements being added that quite frankly shouldn't be there, slide buttons that only make sense if you're using a touch screen, defaults setup such as inverse scrolling simply added for political rather than practical reasons, then there is the breakage left right and centre with Apple not giving a flying-triangle about fixing up bugs they introduce which stop third parties from running.

I for one welcome our Metro overlords.

sabrex said,
I just don't understand why people like the metro look... I feel like I'm in a twilight episode or something when people praise it. Am I the only one who thinks metro is by far the ugliest modern interface Microsoft has come up with? It looks bad on WP7, it looks bad on Microsoft's iPhone apps (photosynth), and it looks bad as the UI of a full OS like Windows 8. I just don't get it!

You're not alone man. I might as well just get a Mac next time. I like Windows 7 but Metro is just too retro to my liking. Also it REALLY depresses me looking at Windows Phone 7 with pale black and white background and font.

sopharine said,
You're not alone man. I might as well just get a Mac next time.

Not going to talk you out of throwing all your software and computer away, but you do know you can change the way Windows looks right?

Loving how Metro is shaping up into the OS. And it's such a beautiful font, I'd love it to be the system font. Maybe they'll change the font render tech too? Fonts look so beautiful on OS X. And so jagged in comparison in Windows.

'Metro' isn't a font; it's just variations on Segoe (UI).

As for font rendering, DirectWrite font rendering is close enough, but Microsoft insists on aggressive font hinting as opposed to OS X (hinting = lining up font edges to the pixel grid).

Denis W said,
'Metro' isn't a font; it's just variations on Segoe (UI).

As for font rendering, DirectWrite font rendering is close enough, but Microsoft insists on aggressive font hinting as opposed to OS X (hinting = lining up font edges to the pixel grid).

DirectWrite (like Direct2D) is also hardware accelerated which means the quality is hugely dependent on the quality of the drivers themselves. If one is having issues with font rendering one should also be willing to blame the video card vendor as well for not fixing up bugs in their drivers which can exacerbate rendering issues.

Dare I say it? At least the webcam interface is much more polished than that silly webcam interface for Ubuntu. Now THAT is horrendous. But then again, it's not like the GNU/Linux community gives a hoot for quality...

Soulsiphon said,
Way fake. Nobody wears sunglasses that big anymore.

Well, based on his prior video and screen name, I'd say his maturity is certainly questionable...

Whatever surprise Microsoft is planning for Windows 8's coming party at PDC in September, that bubble has already been burst because of these early previews. Anyway, I enjoy them.

Mr. Dee said,
Whatever surprise Microsoft is planning for Windows 8's coming party at PDC in September, that bubble has already been burst because of these early previews. Anyway, I enjoy them.

I'm sure Microsoft has a ton of features for later - just that nobody has found them yet and or they aren't ready.

Jan said,

I'm sure Microsoft has a ton of features for later - just that nobody has found them yet and or they aren't ready.

Yeah, absolutely. The leaks haven't been that great really... I look forward to seeing the entire tablet UI and am particularly curious how that will impact the .NET Framework...

I just have to say it...... "It's amazing how leaked shakey cam videos are always blurry obvious fake because of that!!1!!!11!1!" sorry I just had to oh wait its not a hand cam but a guy bluring out his face!, but this "app" is definatly not in the current internal lab builds... so where this app came from? who knows...

neufuse said,
I just have to say it...... "It's amazing how leaked shakey cam videos are always blurry obvious fake because of that!!1!!!11!1!" sorry I just had to oh wait its not a hand cam but a guy bluring out his face!, but this "app" is definatly not in the current internal lab builds... so where this app came from? who knows...

It's in 955. C:\Windows\System32\webcam.exe (needs to be unlocked). It's also in 850 but without that particular UI.

http://i.cubeupload.com/5lB7uJ.png

http://screencast.com/t/hWAVB87MI

Edited by Panda X, Apr 23 2011, 7:22pm :

Yay! Microsoft finally copies Apple's Photo Booth or Face Time. Something that's been around over a year in Mac OS X. So innovative.... meh

keuka said,
Yay! Microsoft finally copies Apple's Photo Booth or Face Time. Something that's been around over a year in Mac OS X. So innovative.... meh

Ok, we have an Apple Fanboy here, this actually looks a lot better and seems like it has couple more options...

keuka said,
Yay! Microsoft finally copies Apple's Photo Booth or Face Time. Something that's been around over a year in Mac OS X. So innovative.... meh

Ah yes, because when people make a $2000 computer purchase the first thing they run to is to check out whether the pre-installed operating system allows them to make photos of themselves.

I'd say that the reason for it being made has nothing to do with Microsoft competing with Apple and everything to do with a programme over 2 years old of trying to get rid of crapware off OEM computers. In many cases the crapware fills in functionality that is missing from Windows with for example webcam vendors providing their own custom software instead of a built in one. Expect to see more of this in coming leaks to the point that when Windows 8 is released you'll see OEM's shipping computers with no crapware and the only thing hardware vendors provide are drivers and not an entire software suite so the end user can use their built in hardware.

Stop posting useless junk on front page, it's really annoying looking at something "leaked" every freaking day.

Neo003 said,
Stop posting useless junk on front page, it's really annoying looking at something "leaked" every freaking day.

Well I mean many of us are interested at the advancement of the next Windows OS. May not be as important but it's Neowins job as a tech site to report as much as they can about whatever technology that may be present in the future.

Anyways I can see the metro interface for Windows 8 being a big hit! Although the image is not finished, Microsoft is definitely taking a step in the right direction, a step that will help compete with Mac OSX, not that there is any competition as is

Neo003 said,
Stop posting useless junk on front page, it's really annoying looking at something "leaked" every freaking day.

Well I like the leaks being on the front page. It draws more attention and is easier to find!

djdanster said,

Well I like the leaks being on the front page. It draws more attention and is easier to find!

Exactly. Not sure where else it would be... I look forward to seeing how the OS develops honestly and am glad to see UI elements being worked on already.

djdanster said,

Well I like the leaks being on the front page. It draws more attention and is easier to find!

Lest we forget, Neowin's original purpose was Windows leak info

Neo003 said,
Stop posting useless junk on front page, it's really annoying looking at something "leaked" every freaking day.

Ummm, this place is called Neowin for a reason - where the primary discussion is about Windows, Windows rumours and speculation about the future direction of Windows. I for one thank our leaks and hope that the tap is never repaired

Neo003 said,
Stop posting useless junk on front page, it's really annoying looking at something "leaked" every freaking day.

Got a problem with tech info coming out on a tech site? Go fap to CNN or something then.

I'll be surprised if this is real. But why, if you are leaking stuff and can be charged with industrial espionage would you reveal your face.

Stupid leaker is stupid?

Alansonit said,
I'll be surprised if this is real. But why, if you are leaking stuff and can be charged with industrial espionage would you reveal your face.

Stupid leaker is stupid?

I suppose he did some post-filming work of blurring his face (hence why a blur box appears to jump from place to place), but that doesn't appear to be enough.

Alansonit said,
I'll be surprised if this is real. But why, if you are leaking stuff and can be charged with industrial espionage would you reveal your face.

Stupid leaker is stupid?


Huh, maybe because he won't be charged with industrial espionage? Do you even know what that is?

Denis W said,

I suppose he did some post-filming work of blurring his face (hence why a blur box appears to jump from place to place), but that doesn't appear to be enough.

Yeah, it's not really enough blur tbh. But too much and it ruins the point of a picture. I would have used a pet. I mean, that's what they're there for right?

SoyoS said,

Huh, maybe because he won't be charged with industrial espionage? Do you even know what that is?

Yes, I have been reminded every time it has been appropriate to have been reminded.

Alansonit said,

Yes, I have been reminded every time it has been appropriate to have been reminded.

I'll take that as a "Of course I don't, I just regularly enjoy talking out of my ass."

mandeepleo5 said,
Why's the Metro interface looking so ugly?

Either its not real (most likely), or its an early build. Its the same deal when I am building applications or websites: UI comes last.

mandeepleo5 said,
Why's the Metro interface looking so ugly?

Maby i dont know it has something to do with Alpha ALpha Alpha build and that is is not a Finale version of windows 8 cause if it was then it would not have to leak it just be shown

autobon said,

Either its not real (most likely), or its an early build. Its the same deal when I am building applications or websites: UI comes last.

It is real.

mandeepleo5 said,
Why's the Metro interface looking so ugly?

The video in question is using Windows 8 M1 where as the latest milestone is M3 which probably will go a long way to explaining why the webcam application is looking a bit on the fugly side. Just wait till the public beta and I'm sure you'll be able to see how everything comes together as an entire package rather than the situation of piecemeal showing today.

sean.ferguson said,
confirmation that he is running it on a mac, "Built In iSight"

Good catch! But yeah, yesterday the screen he recorded it on looked very much like a Macbook.

Denis W said,
Good catch! But yeah, yesterday the screen he recorded it on looked very much like a Macbook.

You know you can install any Windows (at least Windows 7) on Apples devices (excluding iOS devices). So there's nothing wrong with it.

InfiniteLuke said,

You know you can install any Windows (at least Windows 7) on Apples devices (excluding iOS devices). So there's nothing wrong with it.

Yeah I'm aware of that. I also heard people complain about Apple's driver support for Windows.

Were it not for the latter complaint, I would've been slightly more content to select a Mac when I did a laptop replacement last year. But alas.

Denis W said,

Yeah I'm aware of that. I also heard people complain about Apple's driver support for Windows.

Were it not for the latter complaint, I would've been slightly more content to select a Mac when I did a laptop replacement last year. But alas.

Also, the thing with iSight devices (in terms of modern built-in webcams) is that *now* (in terms of modern notebooks) the native support is darn near identical because there is little difference hardware-wise between built-in webcams in MacBooks and non-Apple notebooks (the difference is in non-built-in, as in external, webcams - there, Windows has a monstrous edge over OS X (not merely Lion, but back all the way to Tiger). iSight = UVC (basically, OS X, FOSS, and Windows 7+); the real difference is in older/legacy webcam support (there, Windows has the edge). I have an older (legacy, in fact), Logitech QuickCam Communicate STX; while it is supported by Windows 7 (including the x64 iterations), support outside of Windows is abysmal. The two even older webcams that I own (Creative Webcam UltraNX and VEO Webcam Ultra) are even worse off. The STX is no longer manufactured by Logitech (though Logitech still supports it); therefore, I'm looking at a newer webcam for future use (given that I've gotten six years out of the STX, I'm staying with Logitech for the replacement). The three Logitech webcams on the shortlist (C50/C70/C90) are all UVC (which means native support for Windows/FOSS/OS X), with two (C70/C90) being USB 2+ (USB 3 with backward-compatibility with USB 2) devices (naturally, all three support HD FMV capture).