This is the SMART Document Camera 330. It is SMART’s newest document camera and it has some interesting and frequently overlooked capabilities that we’re going to discuss here today.
First, as a basic document camera it allows you to view objects and documents on a projector or video monitor in real time. It connects between your computer and projector, and uses the exact same cabling you used before. You just unplug the video cable from your computer and plug it into the “VGA Out” on the Doc Cam, then connect your laptop to the “VGA In” port. You can switch between displaying your computer as you always have, and viewing whatever is placed in view of the lens of the Doc Cam. It essentially functions as a video switch, with its camera and your computer as the two inputs.
A more advanced implementation is integrating it with Notebook software. Instead of having to choose between your Notebook lesson and the Doc Cam, this system gives you the option of viewing the Doc Cam directly in your Notebook file. All you need is a USB Cable. Once your camera is connected with USB and powered on, just press this button:
This gives you the ability to draw and write over your picture like a football announcer. Imagine demonstrating the physics of marbles with circles and arrows. Or maybe you could show the slow progress of small animals in a terrarium, and capture pictures of their location hour by hour.