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I have Retina MBP with 10.9.1 installed Mac OS X.

I have Skype 6.12. I'm not using video camera everyday ;) but I'm using Skype every day, and someday when I need it in Skype I saw that it was not detected, so I can't use it. From that point I've started to monitor that situation. And I've found that every time after while the camera is gone...

At the moment the Solution is - mac os restart.

I don't like that solution.

Is there any other solution ?

Or any possibility to get know why the system is loosing camera.

Btw, when the camera is lost, it is also not available in any other software like: viber, photobooth, facetime etc...

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People used to have that problem with the Mavericks and Skype, but it was addressed with new updates. You might have a different problem, where some app on your system is taking over the video. –  Buscar웃 Feb 19 at 11:32
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This command from shell:

sudo killall VDCAssistant

restores the camera for me every time.

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This solution is works for me!!! Thanks you!!! –  user1016265 Jun 10 at 10:58
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Based on your description it is not Skype doing it, since all other video programs do not see your build in camera as well.

You might be a good candidate for this fix from Apple.

Resetting computer to fix it, indicates you do have the problem described in the article.

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