How do I view a webcam image on OS X 10.11. I have a webcam previously used on Windows and just want to use it as a camera.

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If you just want to see what your webcam is showing:

Open QuickTime Player --> File --> New Movie Recording

It will give the option to record what your webcam is seeing but you don't have to. It will show a video feed from your webcam.

As an alternative to QuickTime Player you can use VLC. You'll have to download it from VLC's website.

Once installed:

Open VLC --> File --> Open Capture Device --> Tick Video --> Choose your camera for the drop down list --> Click Open


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