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  1. Software License Information - EULA
    The DinoCapture software may be installed on as many computers as needed without additional cost. Please see the complete user license agreement presented during installation for details.

    View the User License Agreement EULA (PDF) Learn More
  2. Control LED lights without DinoCapture software
    The LED lights on the Dino-Lite USB can be toggled on/off through software (except the AM2011) in one of several ways. Learn More
  3. Mac OS Compatibility
    Many Dino-Lite USB models are compatible and include software for Mac OS. A few exceptions include models with special features such as strobe lighting, FLC, EDOF/EDR, and AMR, and a several older (now discontinued) models... Learn More
  4. About the Dino-Lite SDK
    An available free SDK (software development kit) provides C++, C#, and Visual Basic component files for custom applications once a software license agreement is signed. Learn More
  5. Which format/resolution/DPI should be used
    Information about image formats, resolutions, and DPI settings.. Learn More
  6. About measurement, accuracy, and calibration
    The Dino-Lite Pro microscope has higher measurement accuracy at higher magnifications such as 50x or 200x. Learn More
  7. Third party software compatibility
    Yes, please click here to see more. Learn More
  8. How to use edge detection
    Please refer to our quick Auto Distance Measurement Guide Learn More
  9. About video codecs
    The 5MP (2592 x 1944) resolution Dino-Lite models make use of one of two codecs (coder-decoder) to transmit the live image from the device to a computer, MJPEG or YUY2. The MJPEG codec uses more compression, resulting in a higher frame rate and a lower quality image. The YUY2 uses less compression, resulting in a higher quality image and a lower frame rate. Thus it is recommended to use the MJPEG codec when the specimen or the microscope will be moving, and the YUY2 codec when both the specimen and the microscope are stationary and/or the highest image quality is required.. Learn More
  10. Measuring with Dino-Eye eyepiece camera
    To measure with the Dino-Eye, use the magnification of the objective lens as the "input magnification" and then use the calibration feature. When calibrating, the "input magnification" box should also contain the value of the objective lens magnification. After calibrating, the objective lens can be changed as long as the "input magnification" box is also updated to reflect the change. Learn More
  11. Saving GPS location information
    The DinoCapture software supports some external GPS Devices. To enable recording of location data, connect a compatible external GPS device, then select: Settings > External GPS Select your device, and click Connect, then Save. Also make sure that the default image format is set to JPG, not BMP. The format must be JPG as the JPG file type supports the EXIF meta data standard which is where the location data will be saved. Learn More
  12. Captured image and video file sizes
    The size of captured images and recorded video files can vary based on a number of factors, in particular the resolution and variance in light and color has a large effect on final size. As an approximate:

    Based on testing regardless of DPI the file sizes are: JPG Images
    640 x 480 = 50kB - 80kB
    1280 x 1024 = 200kB - 400kB
    2592 x 1944 = 400kB - 1MB

    1 minute at 640 x 480 = 11MB
    1 minute at 1280 x 1024 = 33MB
    40 minutes at 1280 x 1024 = 1.7GB
    2 hours at 1280 x 1024 = 5GB
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  13. Continuous measurement (keep tool active)
    By default continuous measurement is not enabled. After placing one measurement, the measurement tool used is de-selected and the arrow returns to the default selector. If you want the previously selected measurement tool to remain active after placing a measurement, you can enable continuous measurement by following these steps... Learn More
  14. About recording audio
    The Dino-Lite USB microscopes can capture snapshots and record video. The microscopes do not include a microphone for recording audio. Audio can be recorded by connecting a microphone or using a microphone built-in to the computer (such as in most notebooks) and using the AMCap software which is capable of recording video from the Dino-Lite and combining that video with audio from a separate microphone. Learn More
  15. Save camera settings profile
    Creating and saving a camera setting profile allows the user to customize the camera color setting for better color accuracy. Creating a camera setting profile can be a time saving tool if properly used. If lighting conditions are standardized and the object is similar in color then creating a profile can be a beneficial feature. Please see the following screenshot:

    Camera settings Learn More
  16. Default email application used by DinoCapture

    DinoCapture uses your default email application to send email. This is set in the Windows Control Panel rather than in DinoCapture. To set your default email client in Windows use the following steps:


    Windows 7/8

    1. Click Start > Control Panel > Programs > Default Programs
    2. Click "Set your default programs", then select your desired email application from the list on the left side
    3. Click "Choose defaults for this program"
    4. Under the "MAPI" section, click the checkbox next to "Send mail" (be sure that you are checking "Send mail", not "MAILTO")
    5. Click "Save"


    Windows XP

    1. Click Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs
    2. Click "Set Program Access and Defaults" then select "Custom"
    3. Find the section titled "Choose a default e-mail program"
    4. Click the box next to your desired email application
    5. Click "OK"

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  17. Default saving location used by DinoCapture

    Change saving directory from within DinoCapture:
    1. Select Folder > New
    2. Click "Change"
    3. Select a new location
    4. Click "OK"
    5. Enter a "Folder Name"
    6. Click "Select"

    Change saving directory using a shortcut code:
    1. Right-click on DinoCapture 2.0 icon
    2. Select "Properties"
    3. Select "Shortcut" tab
    4. Click in the end of the "Target" box (after the last quotation mark)
    5. Enter: space, hyphen, [-f], space, [NEW SAVING DIRECTORY]

    For example to change the saving directory to "C:\dino", the complete target box should look like this:

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\DinoCapture 2.0\DinoCapture.exe" -f "C:\dino"

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  18. How to use EDOF (Extended depth of field)

    EDOF (Extended depth of field) is an image processing tool exclusive to the Dino-Lite Edge AM4815 and AM7915 series on DinoCapture 2.0 version 1.4.7 and higher. It increases the depth of field by combining a series of images with different focuses into one image by only a few clicks. For more information on how to use this feature, please see the following:

    How to use EDOF in DinoCapture 2.0
    EDOF Demonstration Video

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  19. Using DinoCapture Windows software on Mac OS
    When using Parallels, you will have to tell Parallels whether a USB device that you plug in is intended for the Mac OS or the Windows OS.. Learn More
  20. Color adjustment for Dino-Eye eyepiece camera
    White Balance is a color correction function to adjust white color accurately on the image. When the white balance is corrected properly, colors on the image would look natural on human eyes, even under variety of light source with different color temperature. Learn More
  21. How to record a time-lapse video
    Time Lapse Video lets your Dino-Lite record video frames at set time intervals, creating a time lapse movie without the need for you to stitch all of the photos together. Once recording is stopped the camera will automatically compile the frames into a cohesive video clip that you can playback. Learn More
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