TriDef SmartCam User Guide
Use TriDef SmartCam to replace or SmartBlur your background in video chat applications or to remove your background in XSplit.
Just select TriDef SmartCam wherever you see a list of cameras, or choose your webcam application from the following list:
To get the best results out of TriDef SmartCam, please read the Tips section below.
Download TriDef SmartCam from tridef.com/download and run the installer. After installation you will be asked to enter an activation code or start a 7 day trial. Please refer to the Activation page for details.
Open your video chat application and look for list of webcams.
If you’re using Skype for Windows desktop, click Tools → Options.
Choose Video settings, then select TriDef SmartCam from the webcam list.
You’ll now see yourself in front of a beach scene, like this!
A TriDef SmartCam window will also appear, allowing you to select a different background image, apply a live filter or modify various settings.
TriDef SmartCam’s new SmartBlur feature can improve privacy and make you stand out by intelligently blurring the background. Click the SmartBlur tab and adjust the slider to increase or decrease the amount of blur.
Several background images come pre-installed with TriDef SmartCam. Click the Replace tab, then click one of the images to select it. Alternatively, click the plus sign to add one of your own images. Various image file types are supported including .jpg and .png. For best results choose an image with a resolution of 1280×720 or higher.
If you want to temporarily display the real background, click the No Image tile:
Click and drag an image to move it to a new position. Right-click an image and choose Delete to remove the image from the list, or press the Delete key to remove the selected image.
To remove your background in OBS, XSplit Gamecaster or XSplit Broadcaster, select the Transparent tile on the Remove tab.
Solid colours can also be used as a background instead of an image. For example, if the app you’re using supports chroma keying, select green to make it look like you’re standing in front of a green screen.
Click the plus sign to add any other colour to the list using a colour picker.
TriDef SmartCam includes several filters that can be applied to the live webcam video. Click the Filter tab, then select one of the filter thumbnails. The live filter will be applied to both the foreground and the background, whether it’s the real background or an image.
To turn off live filters, click the No Filter tile:
Move your mouse over each thumbnail to view the filter’s name. The Rebalance filter adjusts the foreground lighting to help you blend into the background in a more realistic way. Other filters provide a variety of artistic effects.
Settings are available to control various apsects of TriDef SmartCam.
If you have multiple webcams, select the one you wish to use from the Webcam list. To modify exposure, white balance and other advanced webcam settings, click the … button.
To limit the resolution, select a value from the Resolution list. Many video chat applications such as Skype will choose their own resolution dynamically, so selecting a value from this list does not guarantee that the app will use it. After choosing a resolution, you may need to restart the application using TriDef SmartCam for the change to take effect. For best results, use Auto, which in most cases will result in a resolution 1280×720.
Select a value from the Frame Rate list to force a specific frame rate. When Auto is chosen, the frame rate will be 30fps at high Quality settings, down to 15fps at lower quality levels.
TriDef SmartCam’s background replacement can operate in one of two modes. In Normal mode, SmartCam will detect you and any movement in the background. Other people moving in the background will be included, as will your arms and other objects that are in motion. This may not be desirable in some circumstances, particularly in public settings such as a cafe or library.
For those occasions, Head & Shoulders Only mode would be more suitable. In this mode only you will be visible, specifically your face and upper torso. Arms usually wont be visible in this mode, and neither will objects or people behind you.
The Quality setting allows you to trade off image quality for processing speed. A higher quality setting will result in more accurate foreground detection, but requires more processing. This results in higher CPU usage and can cause your battery to drain quicker. Choosing a lower quality setting reduces the processing time, but may also impact image quality.
For smoother foreground edges, adjust the Edge Smoothing setting as desired.
Click the Restore Default Settings button to return the above settings to their original values.
To get the best results out of TriDef SmartCam:
- Don’t have light behind you. Light coming from behind you, even through a window, makes your face appear darker.
- Use even lighting, ideally with light facing you, such as a desk lamp.
- Wear clothes that contrast with your background. Wearing white clothes in front of a white wall makes it difficult for SmartCam to detect you.
Frequently Asked Questions
TriDef SmartCam works with almost all Windows applications that use a webcam, including the following:
|Camera (Windows Store app)|
|Skype (Windows Store app)|
|Skype for Business 2015|
|Skype for Business Basic 2016|
|Skype for Windows|
If you encounter a problem using TriDef SmartCam with another application, please contact TriDef Support and we’ll try to fix it.
Depending on the browser you use, TriDef SmartCam is compatible with most websites that ask to use your camera, including the following:
Google Chrome is recommended for best compatibility, though other browsers work for many of these sites.
Recommended System Requirements
Intel Core i5 or AMD quad-core CPU or better
Windows 10, Windows 8.1 or Windows 7
Minimum System Requirements
Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD dual-core CPU or better
Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista (32 bit only) or Windows XP (SP3) (32 bit only)
Download TriDef SmartCam from tridef.com/download and run the installer. After installation you will be asked to enter an activation code or start a trial. If Razer Stargazer hardware is detected, a 30 day trial will be offered instead of the standard 7 days.
The first time you run TriDef SmartCam the following message may be displayed:
An Intel RealSense camera has been detected, but the required runtime is not installed. Install it now?
Click Yes and follow the prompts to install the runtime. You may need to close and re-open TriDef SmartCam for the changes to be detected. Click the settings icon and confirm that Intel® RealSense™ 3D Camera is chosen in the Webcam list.
Now just open your video chat application, look for list of webcams and select TriDef SmartCam.