Did you know that the Welch Allyn Digital Macroview Video Otoscope not only captures images but can also record video? If you weren’t aware of this otoscope’s capabilities, don’t feel so bad; since the otoscope interfaces with the plug and play feature of computers, with older versions of Windows, you can easily fall under the impression that it can only capture images, making it one of the most misunderstood otoscopes used by audiologists. The good news is you can record video with the Macroview in the presence of older versions of Windows!
For those of you using a computer with Windows 1997-2003 versions, the Digital Macroview Video Otoscope may be used to perform otoscopy and capture images by simply plugging the otoscope into the USB port of a computer via the 10 foot USB cable without the installation of the WA Viewer Utility CD (included in packaging). Your computer will recognize the presence of a new USB device. By navigating to MY COMPUTER and selecting the USB VIDEO DEVICE icon, the otoscope’s video will be activated, streaming images on your computer screen. To capture an image, press and hold any one of the two function buttons located on the back of the otoscope head for 1 second and then release. Bare in mind, however, that using the Digital Macroview Video Otoscope in this fashion will NOT allow you to record video. This is where some users assume that this video otoscope can only capture images.
To record video using older versions of Windows, it will be necessary to install the provided software (WA Viewer Utility CD). Once the software is installed, select the WELCH ALLYN VIEWER icon from the desktop. The WA Viewer screen will allow you to not only perform video otoscopy and capture images, but to record video. In this scenario, images may be captured in one of two ways: 1) click the camera icon located on the left hand side of the computer screen with your mouse, or 2) press and hold any one of the two function buttons located on the back of the otoscope head for 1 second and then release. To start recording video, click the video icon located immediately under the previously mentioned camera icon with your mouse; click the same icon again to stop recording.
According to Welch Allyn, the Digital Macroview is a plug and play otoscope that will allow image capture and video recording for computers equipped with Windows XP Service Pack 2.0 or higher versions. To view a demonstration of the Digital Macroview Video Otoscope, go to the demo section of the WA website for a quick video demo. Check out the Digital Macroview Quick Start Guide for reference.