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Video camera used by the computer to capture video and photos.

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Update to macOS Catalina has ruined the quality of FaceTime HD Camera

An update to macOS Catalina has made the quality of the built-in webcam that awful that will feel guilty during zoom session, because other participants' eyes could bleed: overall quality 20x times ...
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Can macOS Monterey's video effects (e.g. portrait) be used using an external webcam?

With Apple Silicon and macOS Monterey we can, on an app-by-app basis, activate video effects in apps that use the webcam. E.g. on my MBP M1, I can blur my background when in a Google Meet by clicking ...
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Bizarre camera issues with macOS Monterey

Intro I've got a headscratcher with my camera setup on macOS Monterey. I go back and forth between using an external webcam (a Logitech C615) and the internal FaceTime camera on my MacBook Pro. I've ...
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Switch between webcams on macOS

I know that with the Logi Connect app I can switch between Logitech web cameras and feed that via the virtual camera driver to apps like Teams. If I want to do the same using just one external webcam (...
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CoreMediaIO appears to have turned my camera on

Macbook Pro (Mid 2012) Catalina 10.15.7 My camera came on this morning. It's still on. Never noticed that before. When i googled it, i found a recommendation to use Terminal and the results are below. ...
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Is there a way to inspect or change the resolution negotiated between MacOS and a USB webcam?

I use a Dell Ultrasharp webcam, which supports up to 4k resolution. On a Windows device, I am getting that full resolution and a pretty good overall image, provided my lightning is good. Connecting ...
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My webcam Logitech C525 is not focusing on MacOS

My Logitech C525 webcam is a bit old, I give you, but it says it supports macOS up to the latest version and also have some installs on the official site. The problem is that it's not "...
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Logitech C670i webcam stopped working starting with Big Sur

Any web application (Zoom, Photobooth, etc) not only fails with the external Logitech webcam connected, but the built-in FaceTime camera does not work with the webcam connected. The image flickers and ...
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Can you decrease the width of a video in a video call on Macbook

I use a Lenovo webcam that I connect to Macbook Pro using usb. When I am in meetings, the camera shows my entire room because it has this Ultrawide feature. Is there any way i can decrease the width ...
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How to set web camera properties on MacOS

Help I need: I have a shell program that sets web camera parameters using v4l2-ctl on linux, and I need to create an equivalent program that sets those same camera parameters on MacOS (using ...
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Distorted sound on non-Zoom videos

I have a Mac Mini 2018 paired with a Logitech C270 webcam. Whenever I do a video call using Jitsi or Doxy.me, other people say that my voice sounds distorted intermittently. Sometimes they can hear me,...
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USB webcam no output

I got a pretty weird problem with my m1 Macbook air (Monterey). The USB webcam sometimes outputs a black screen on all applications. The webcam doesn't have any cover. The webcam is plugged in a usb ...
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FaceTime HD (internal) webcam not available - TB MBP 13" (late 2016)

My FaceTime HD camera is refusing to work/show up as available for any of my camera-using apps (Facetime, Zoom, Photo Booth). The message I get in Facetime is "No Camera Available". What I'...
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iMac as a Security cam

I wonder if I can use Automator to build a security device out of my iMac's camera with the following features: The camera would be continuously recording in a pre-defined schedule It would save the ...
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Does MacBook Pro 13 2017 support a Logitech BRIO 4K Webcam?

I want to buy the Logitech BRIO Webcam with 4K Ultra HD Video & HDR. However, I'm not sure it will work with my MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017). Could anyone say if it will work? If 4K is too much for ...
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Disable MacBook's Camera

Is it possible to disable the MacBook's camera without disabling an external webcam? I have an external webcam installed through the USB port and would prefer to just completely disable the internal ...
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Horizontal mirror/flip webcam image for video conference on MacOS

I am looking for a solution to horizontally (or vertically) mirror/flip the webcam image (not rotate) on MacOS on the hardware or driver level. The ultimate goal is to use a mirrored video stream in ...
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Can I trigger a HomeKit scene when my laptop's camera is turned on or off?

Like a lot of people nowadays, I'm set up in a home office and I'm often on video calls on my MacBook Pro. My partner sometimes wants to come into my office, but doesn't want to interrupt a video ...
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How do I completely disable microphone on a Logitech webcam?

I've been running into an issue on Google Meet where every time my computer goes to sleep, it switches the default microphone from my built-in MacBook Pro microphone to my Logitech BRIO microphone. ...
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Reliable software to record webcam videos longer than 5 hours?

i'm doing university exams over the next, and due to covid, I have to do them at home, and record. I need to be able to record for around 5 hours continuously, - if the video fails i'll fail the exam. ...
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Where does macOS keep list of unique webcam names that have ever connected?

Use case: I have connected a webcam to my machine some time ago, and it was recognized as Some Company Webcam. At a later time, either because I connected it to a different port, or some other ...
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How to keep browser from changing my camera settings?

I have a Logitech USB webcam. On Zoom, it's set correctly to just show my face. I joined some sort of browser teleconference platform (in Chrome) and the camera was showing the whole room (much wider ...
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Webcam not working after MacOS update to version 11.2.1

I have a 16 inch MacBook Pro. The webcam on it was working fine before the update. But since the update, when I open FaceTime, it shows I guess what is the first frame, and that's it - there's no ...
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How do you disable the autofocus of a Razer Kiyo webcam on Mac?

The Razer Kiyo is not officially supported on Mac, but works anyway. Problem is: autofocus is not convenient, with the camera often jumping in and out of focus. Is there a way to disable it?
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How to update external iSight firmware?

Apple released several firmware revisions for the external iSight camera: iSight 1.0.3 Update Improved audio performance iSight 1.0.2 Update Improved auto exposure Improved auto white balance ...
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Take webcam picture and screenshot at the same time

I'm trying to combine these two commands: while :;do screencapture -x ~/Desktop/$(date +%y%m%d%H%M%S).png;sleep 300;done and imagesnap -t 300 I want to make a screenshot and a webcam photo at the ...
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External iSight camera with M1 Mac?

I'm attempting to use a 2003-era external Apple iSight Camera with an M1 Mac mini via adapters: iSight > FireWire 400 > FireWire 800 > Thunderbolt 2 > Thunderbolt 3 This same adapter ...
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Light weight, free way to record a video with a blurred background using Mac webcam?

When recording a video, sometimes it's preferable to blur the background, especially when working from home or outside the typical office environment. I didn't figure out how to blur the background of ...
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How does one take complete control of the MacBook built-in webcam?

Zoom is able to adjust the MacBook Pro's built-in camera (I think it raises the ISO) for low lighting, either automatically or manually (user-controlled). This is the only application I am aware of ...
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How to add ImageJ to list of apps that can access system's camera (or other USB wecams)?

I would like to add a program to the list of apps that can access my laptop's camera. I have a MacBook pro with OS 11.1. Specifically, I want to use the ImageJ's webcam plugin to control a USB ...
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Why does my Logitech C920 camera turn off and on again during recording with Photo Booth?

I have a Logitech C920 external webcam connected to my MacBook Air (13 inch, 2020) via a USB Type-C Hub. I've been using it successfully to record videos using Photobooth until couple of days ago I ...
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How to disable auto-exposure adjusting for my webcam?

I have an external display plugged into my MacBook Pro. The external display has a webcam built in. In some lighting situations, macOS struggles to determine the correct exposure/gamma, and jumps it ...
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QuickTime does not see EpocCam after updating to Big Sur

After updating to macOS Big Sur my webcam iOS app (EpocCam Pro) no longer connects to QuickTime and other recording software on Mac. The iOS app was able to connect to the EpocCam service via USB, but ...
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Camlink 4K blank screen on MacBook Pro

I am trying to use CamLink 4K, connected to a well-configured 2018 MacBook Pro (running Catalina 10.15.7, 19H15) with Apple’s USB-A to USB-C adapter, with mixed results. I am finding that the CamLink ...
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Changing Webcam Feed from EpocCam to Built-In Webcam

I am trying to run a program that accesses my webcam camera. I have used Epoccam before then I deleted it. However, while using the program it tries to access Epoccam camera instead of taking the ...
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Connecting an external camera to iPhone XI, then using it for Skype and Zoom using a smart TV as a screen

My boss asked me this question but I think that's entirely impossible. He wants to replicate his iphone screen on a Samsung Smart TV, then, using his Skype / Zoom / Teams app in the Iphone, call ...
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How to send a looped video to video feed?

I am having some trouble with my webcam on my Mac running Catalina. I want to send a looped video of myself to the webcam feed so I can still seem present in meetings. So, like, when Chrome asks the ...
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RTSP feed with ffmpeg and the Mac camera

I have two Macs in my network. On the first one I want to capture the FaceTime camera via ffmpeg and make a RTSP feed available on the network, which I can watch on the second Mac.
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Why doesn't my Windows 10 laptop recognize the iSight camera of my Apple Cinema Display?

I have a Windows 10 laptop(a Lenovo X1 Thinkpad Carbon) with an Apple Cinema Display used as an external monitor. Up until now I have had no trouble selecting either the webcam on the Windows laptop ...
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Command to list available webcam/video devices?

Is there a way to list all webcams that are available to my Mac (e.g. FaceTime camera) using Terminal? I know there's diskutil list to list all disks attached to my Mac, but is there a command that ...
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MacBook Pro 13” mid-2012 iSight cable port broken

I accidentally ripped the iSight display port away from the motherboard on my MacBook Pro during a display replacement. I’m fine with working without a camera since the quality is bad anyway. The ...
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External usb webcam flickering (ripple effect) on MacBook Pro

I'm new to Mac. I've bought an external usb HD webcam and I would like to use it with Mac. Connectivity-wise, Mac recognizes the camera, I can use it from any application - so far so good. The issue ...
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Software for Webcam 180º Rotation

I have a very un-orthodox desk setup, I have a 32" LG UltraFina 5k Monitor above another ultra-wide monitor. (never is too much) LG UltraFine has a built-in WebCam, but 'cos the Monitor is so ...
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Can you programatically tell if the webcam is in use?

I'm trying to run some commands when I start and stop using the (built in) webcam on my 2015 iMac running Catalina. It sounds like historically lsof | grep "AppleCamera" would once tell me ...
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Is there way to crop the output of a camera for a video chat?

I'd like to use Zoom, Google Meet, etc. with my built in camera, or an external webcam. However, the camera is too wide and shows parts of my setup that I'd prefer it not to. Is it possible to crop ...
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Is there a way to stream from iSight camera over RTSP?

I'm contemplating using ZoneMinder to monitor my home. As a first step to see if it works, I'd like to connect it to my MacBook built-in camera over the local network (ZoneMinder itself runs on a ...
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External iSight microphone audio not working

I'm using a 2003-era external iSight "Autofocus Video Camera + Noise Suppression Microphone" with an Apple Cinema Display and USB-C MacBook Pro running macOS 10.15. It's connected via a long ...
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Grant Terminal Access to Web Cam

I am currently working remotely due to the pandemic, and am attempting to identify the physical room that a set of lab iMacs are currently in. Our CMDB states that these machines are in Room A; ...
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Does MacOS 10.15 still have a file for the webcam inside: /Library/CoreMediaIO/Plug-Ins/DAL/?

I was searching for a solution for a "broken" camera on a MacBook 12" and found a source that said that this file AppleCamera.plugin should be inside this folder: /Library/CoreMediaIO/Plug-Ins/DAL/ is ...
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Why is my external webcam listed multiple times and how can I tidy it up?

I have a Logitech C920 HD webcam plugged into my MacMini 2012. I've just moved it into a different USB port and now it shows up twice (only one is available) in camera selection e.g. Logitech C920 HD ...
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