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    Oct272016

    Something new from Logitech for all you folks streaming video!

    The Logitech C920 has been around for quite a while, but there's a new cam in town. It's the Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam. It lets you can broadcast in 1080P at 30 fps or 720P at 60 fps for a more fluid motion. It's aimed at gamers and all those who stream video these days. The webcam software also includes a dynamic background replacement feature that uses intelligent shape recognition to separate the gamer from their background. Basically what that means is there is no need for a green screen. Gamers can overlay video of themselves on the gaming stream with popular broadcasting apps such as OBS and XSplit. (By the way, it seems that in order to set the camera for 720P / 60 fps, you have to that using the XSplit software.) I tried both the camera at 1080P and the included Personify customizable background replacement software. The camera video is great, and is excellent in low light. But the Personify 'green screen' replacement software needs a bit of work to look good. You can't have a crowded background and it's best if your background is brightly lit and doesn't have a lot of different colors. If you sit mildly still, the software does a pretty good job isolating you, but if you move around, it can often cut off your ear or part of the your head as it tries to figure out which is really you. But it's free with the camera, so you can have fun seeing what you can do with it. Other features of the C922 include automatic low light correction and autofocus. There's also dual omni-directional noise cancelling microphones built in which will be better than almost any mic built into your computer. But for a more professional video, I'd opt for a separate higher end mic. And this is good news. The C922 webcam comes bundled with a 3-month XSplit Premium license, which includes complete access to the professional-grade tools and features of both XSplit Broadcaster and XSplit Gamecaster. That means you can quickly and easily start streaming any type of content right out of the box. (Box included!) The camera ships two ways. As the C922, it also include a mini-tripod. And as the C922x, it doesnt include a tripod, but it does include six months of free Xsplit, rather than three. I think that's a better deal since the tripod isn't all that robust. The C922 is $99.99, the same price as the older C920.

    http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/c922-pro-stream-webcam

    Here's the C922x on Amazon.  No tripod, but you get six months of free Xsplit!

    http://amzn.to/2eS5REE 

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