A common and common problem for many users is the inverted image of the laptop’s webcam (and the usual USB webcam) in Skype and other programs after reinstalling Windows or updating any drivers. Consider how to fix this problem.
In this case, three solutions will be offered: by installing the official drivers, by changing the settings of the webcam, and if nothing else helps, using a third-party program (So if you tried everything, you can go directly to the third method) .
The most common scenario is in skype, although other options are possible. The most common reason that the video from the camera is upside down is drivers (or, rather, not the drivers that are needed).
In cases where the cause of the upside down image is the driver, this occurs when:
- The drivers were installed automatically during the installation of Windows. (Or the so-called assembly "where there are all the drivers").
- The drivers were installed using any driver pack (for example, Driver Pack Solution).
In order to find out which driver is installed for your webcam, open the device manager (type “Device Manager” in the search field in the Start menu in Windows 7 or on the Windows 8 start screen), then find your webcam, which usually located in the "Image Processing Devices" item, right-click on the camera and select "Properties".
In the device properties dialog box, select the "Driver" tab and pay attention to the driver provider and the development date. If you see that the supplier is Microsoft, and the date is far from relevant, then the exact reason for the inverted image is precisely in the drivers - your computer uses a standard driver, and not one that is specifically designed specifically for your webcam.
In order to install the correct drivers, go to the official website of the device manufacturer or your laptop, where all the necessary drivers can be downloaded completely for free. You can read more about where to find drivers for your laptop in the article: How to install drivers on a laptop (opens in a new tab).
2. Webcam settings
Sometimes it can happen that even though the drivers for the webcam in Windows are installed that are designed specifically for use with this camera, the image on Skype and in other programs using its image still remains upside down. In this case, you can search for options to return the image to its normal form in the settings of the device itself.
The easiest and fastest way for a novice user to get into the settings of the Web camera is to start Skype, select "Tools" - "Settings" - "Video Settings" in the menu, then click on "Web Camera Settings" under your inverted image - a dialog box will open , which for different camera models will look different.
For example, I do not have the ability to rotate the image. However, for most cameras there is such an opportunity. In the English version, this property can be called Flip Vertical (flip vertically) or Rotate (rotation) - in the latter case, you need to specify a rotation of 180 degrees.
As I said, this is an easy and quick way to get into the settings, since almost everyone has Skype, and the camera may not appear in the control panel or devices. Another simple option is to use the program for controlling your camera, which, most likely, was installed simultaneously with the drivers during the first paragraph of this guide: there may also be necessary capabilities for image rotation.
Camera control program from the manufacturer of the laptop
3. How to fix an inverted image of a webcam using third-party programs
If none of the above helps, you still have the opportunity to flip the video from the camera so that it displays normally. One of the best and almost guaranteed working methods is the ManyCam program, which you can download for free here (opens in a new window).
Installing the program is not particularly difficult, I only recommend that you refuse to install the Ask Toolbar and Driver Updater, which the program will try to install along with itself - you do not need this garbage (you need to click Cancel and Decline where they are offered to you). The program supports the Russian language.
After starting ManyCam, do the following:
- Open the Video - Sources tab and click the “Flip vertically" button (see picture)
- Close the program (i.e., click the cross, it will not close, but will be minimized to the notification area icon).
- Open Skype - Tools - Settings - Video Settings. And in the "Choose a webcam" field, select the "ManyCam Virtual WebCam" item.
Done - now the image on Skype will be normal. The only drawback of the free version of the program is its logo at the bottom of the screen. However, the image will be displayed in the state you need.
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