I have a macbook pro mid 2012 non retina facetime hd camera. It is advertised as having a facetime hd camera however the frame rate seems to be very low (14.5 fps). Is this normal?

  • where do you get the 14.5 fps from ? – Ruskes Mar 2 '15 at 1:26
  • quicktime player recording (movie info) – user1950278 Mar 2 '15 at 1:33

The hardware is capable of 30fps, I have this model (MacBookPro9,1, i7 2.3 GHz) on my desk in front of me and just shot a movie that lists as 29.81fps at 720p.

However, Apple will, in software, reduce the frame rate if your HDD/SSD/other storage and/or processor and memory are not capable of handling the maximum frame rate at the time of capture. The do this to ensure you can still use the camera even in non-optimal conditions.

How much free space (percentage) do you have on your storage? Are you running any processor intensive applications. How much RAM do you have? These factors can have a serious impact on capture rates.

It is also entirely possible that the frame rate is being affected by other factors if you are using a 3rd party application such as Skype.

Hope this helps?

  • how did you record this? Did you use quicktime? I have the same model as you. – user1950278 Mar 6 '15 at 6:10
  • Never mind. For some reason if the room is brightly lit, it records at a higher fps. – user1950278 Mar 6 '15 at 6:24

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