Installing Cornell CU-SeeMe version 1.0a

Before you begin with CU-SeeMe

Make sure that your camera is functioning satisfactory with its own software. Can you see yourself? See if your camera works with Netmeeting. Take some time to get familiar with your camera and the different settings of picture format and video quality.

Acquiring and Downloading Cornell

This Zipped Cornell CU-SeeMe is file size: 298 Kb, download it here:

The squeek icon patch is also a nice to have as it makes your Cornell match most of the rest of the online users and is more intuitive to use. This changes the reported version number from 1.0 to 1.0a as well. Find the patch here. Copy it to the same folder you placed the Cornell program in and go to a DOS prompt. Type patchcu and then exit. This changes the participants icons look. Red speaker means they have no audio, yellow speaker means they have it turned off, green means they have audio. The open eye (right three images) indicates the other person has your video window opened.

Setup And Configuration

1) Start up the CU-SeeMe program and make sure the following windows are present on the desktop: CU-SeeMe, Chat, Phone Book and your local video (a window with the name Monty Burns on it). An example is below, note the double row of status indicators.

2) On the CU-SeeMe window select View, Preferences and setup the General tab like this:

3) Fill in your own choice of a nickname in the space labeled Your Name:

4) Select the Rates tab and set it up like the picture below.

5) Select the Video tab.

6) Click the Capture Device pull-down and select the camera you presently wish to use with CU-SeeMe. Set the Color Quality slider to the position indicated.

NOTE: Initially you won't have the selection M-JPEG in the Codec pull-down. The preferred codec is M-JPEG. The M-JPEG codec can be installed here Wait for the install to finish. Set the codec to M-JPEG.

SoftCam setup - do this ONLY if your camera requires SoftCam to work with Cornell

Go to Options, choose your camera as the Default Live Video Source.
It may say Microsoft WDM Image Capture and not your camera name.

Then in Cornell CU-SeeMe choose the Softcam video capture driver.
Do this on the Video tab, Capture Device pull down.

7) Click on the button.

8) Click on the Size pull-down and select the 160x120 size. In the Colors section click Millions (24 bit). Click OK. Note: some cameras may have other settings here. Try selecting RGB 15/16 or RGB 24 if present.

9) Click OK. Close the CU-SeeMe program.

10) Start CU-seeMe again.

NOTE: Some users have had to repeat steps 2, 7, 8, 9 and 10 several times to get these settings to "stick" in windows. Your local video window should now be present. If not you may need to seek other solutions like the White Pine version of CU-SeeMe, add-on software from SoftCam or another camera that supports CU-SeeMe.

Testing --- Self Reflect aka loopback method

11) Set up a Phone Book entry called !Self with an IP Address or Hostname of for the next testing steps.

12) Click on New and enter !Self in the box New Phone Book Entry.

13) Click on Save after entering that IP address in the IP Address or Hostname box.

14) Now is the final test! Select the Phone Book entry labeled !Self and click Connect. You should then see the CU-SeeMe window change to this:

15) Double click on the Hidden Users item . A remote video window with your nickname on it should now open. You should be able to see an image of yourself. Setup your camera's position, lighting, camera angle, makeup,,,,,,

Note: The remote video window above differs from the local video window pictured earlier in step # 1.
This remote video window lacks the double row of status indicators at the bottom.

Making Phone Book entries to call reflectors or people

15) For Example lets say that someone gave you the IP address and CID Conference ID for this fictitious reflector called Hoops Hideout. For a person you would leave the Conference ID at 0 which is the default.

IP Address:
Conference ID: 123

16) Click on New and enter Hoop's Hideout in the box New Phone Book Entry.

17) Now enter the IP address in the IP Address or Hostname box on the Phone Book window.

18) Now enter the CID 123 in the Conference ID box on the Phone Book window. For a person you would leave the Conference ID at 0 which is the default.

19) Click on Save.

20) Repeat steps 16 through 19 for any other reflectors you were given. Or try the White Pine corporate reflector,, a good G rated test site

OK, you are installed, setup, and configured! Now you are ready to join some reflectors!!!

Calling Phone Book entries

21) Select the Phone Book entry to be called.

22) Click on Connect (or double click the Phone Book entry).

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