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Yes, use the Photo Booth application.


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Apple (or a 3rd party) should write a utility to allow you to dial down the native resolution of the internal camera, but to my knowledge they have not, so far. You can work around this by piping the video output from your web camera into another program that processes the camera's video stream and "re-publishes" it to your Mac as a virtual camera (aka ...


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Kinda roundabout, but you could try this: Open Quicktime. Choose File -> New Movie Recording. On the little down arrow to the right of the record button, choose maximum quality. Also drag the record button holder to least obtrusive location. Command-3 to fit to screen. Take screen shots with command-shift-(3 or 4).


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Delicious Monster makes an awesome piece of software called Delicious Library that's intended to do exactly what you're after: scan and catalog your library (of books and other things). And it all works through your iMacs built-in iSight camera. And it works very, very well. From their website: “Wait, I just hold a CD or DVD or video game or book or ...


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"iSeeYou: Disabling the MacBook Webcam Indicator LED" is a paper by Matthew Brocker and Stephen Checkoway from the Johns Hopkins University. In this paper they explain on how to disable the LED when using the camera. In short: normally you use the CPU to access the camera and activate the LED, but you can also use the processing unit in on the camera board ...


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Photo Booth in Lion does 1080x720 captures in JPEG when the hardware supports it.


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There is an Adobe Air application you can download called QR Reader - works on any platform that has Air installed, and a bunch of online services you could try too - QRGen looks pretty neat - you upload an image of the QR code and then it processes it for you. Hope that helps.


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What about c-slide? (http://www.c-slide.com) 1 mm thin and works with all latops and pad devices. The cool thing is that you can open and close it without having to remove any parts from you laptop. And it's sleek, the only downside is that it is black and might not look very nice on a white MacBook frame.


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Check out /Applications/Photo Booth.app


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You can with PhotoBooth. You can also use all kinds of crazy effects. I suggest trying this when you don't have any important appointments later. :)


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There are Mac applications that can do this, although I don't believe that any of them run on Flash. Here's some that I found: Wirecast from Telestream BoinxTV from Boinx Software CamCamX from Black-Op They're all commercial, but there's a wide range of pricing between the three.


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No free app that I'm aware of, but for a few dollars/euro you can download QuickMark from the Mac App Store, here's the link


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Try the free Skitch (also available from the Mac App Store). One of the many things it can do is a Cam Snapshot. To take one, invoke Skitch, then choose Capture > Cam Snapshot. You may need to fiddle a bit with the size of the snapshot to get full resolution. This worked to the max resolution of the iSight on my older MacBook Pro; it's worth a try on the ...


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Delicious Library wasn’t made just for scanning a list and dumping it out, but it could be used for such a thing. After scanning in your items you’d either want to slurp the results using a custom AppleScript or you can use our export-to-CSV feature and only do the ISBN column. If a book doesn’t look up on Amazon there’s an error window that pops up, and ...


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Apple don't provide any way to control camera devices centrally, it is left up the program in use to provide the ability to choose. Generally, well written programs give you a choice, and poorly written (and, generally, poorly supported) programs don't. (Photobooth, I'm looking at you.) The only way I know to force a program to not use a camera is a hack ...


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The simple answer is no - in general the one camera only sends data to one app. The more complicated answer is that the API (application programming interface) that Apple publishes enforces this restriction. If a developer hooks into the hardware directly or there is a bug in the API, it is possible to share that stream. So for most Apps made by someone ...


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According to this Apple discussion forum post: As you know, software always controls your iSight. Most apps, including all Apple apps of which I am aware, automatically make the iSight settings for you and do NOT allow you to manipulate them from within the application. In my own case, I have found that merely adding more light to my work ...


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This research paper reported by the Washington Post and Ars Technica says yes. Though it was only tested on "old" Macs (Late PPC, early Intel)


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"ResEdit" was the basic utility to inspect/edit resources such as images, video, and sound in Mac OS applications and games. It runs in Mac OS or Classic environments and can be downloaded from http://www.mac.org/utilities/resedit/ "ResFork" runs on OS X 10.2 and provides similar functionality to ResEdit. Using ResEdit or ResFork you should be able to find ...


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It might be some VDCAssistant programs using it. Try this ,Open a terminal window and type the command below. sudo killall VDCAssistant This will kill all other programs and you will be able to use your camera again.


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I've used iAlertU before: takes a screenshot, not a movie, but it is free. There is also SecuritySpy which does record movies but isn't free.


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I just read another article about that on Ars Technica Yes the LED is hardwired But it can still be bypassed Only downside of this article, it was only tested on "old" (late PPC, early Intel) macs.


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If System Profilier isn't showing it up under USB then the iSight has been physically damaged beyond repair (not accepting power) or has been somehow disconnected from the Bus. System Profiler always displays connected devices, even if they're corrupted or non-functioning. Take your Mac to the Apple Store and they will tell you what it will take to fix it. ...


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To disable iSight and other cameras, use: sudo kextunload /System/Library/Extensions/AppleCameraInterface.kext (tested on 10.9) I'm not aware of a way to disable audio input without affecting output. It's the same hardware so unloading/removing the kext probably won't work. One step you can take is to turn the input volume down to zero in your sound ...


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I just discovered QR Journal, which works fine for me. The latest version requires OS X 10.8/10.9 but there is a legacy version available which works with 10.6. Now desktop users with an iSight (or iSight compatible) camera can read QR codes. Found a QR code in a magazine or catalog? Simply hold up to the iSight camera to scan, store and browse to. ...


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Using the iPad camera connector with the USB port seems to work with certain items (headsets, etc.) that aren't cameras, leading me to believe that there is a full USB hardware implementation in there but there simply aren't any drivers. If this is true, you could get a USB Ethernet dongle, write iPad drivers for it in your camera-viewing app, and use ...


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Today I stumbled across a proper publication regarding this topic: Researches from the Johns Hopkins University recently published the paper "iSeeYou: Disabling the MacBook Webcam Indicator LED", showing that they were able to deactivate the iSight status LED on older MacBooks even without root access by replacing its firmware. It appears they were able to ...



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