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

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Can I take a still photo with my built-in webcam?

I have a MacBook Pro at work, but am new to Macs and have never used the webcam outside of Skype. Is it possible to take a still photo with the webcam?
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How to use iSight webcam without activating the green light?

Recently a the Dutch government advised to put a tape on your webcam to prevent hackers from taking pictures and video using your device (news article in Dutch). The build in iSight camera in Apple ...
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Is there a free QR code reader for Mac?

Is there a QR-Code reader application for Mac OS X? I'm using Mac OS X 10.6 and an iSight.
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Change webcam settings

I am using Skype and have noticed that the tint is kind of strange and the contrast is sort of off. How do I change the settings for the MacBook Pro's built-in webcam?
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Hard wired link between webcam and led indicator?

In light of stories about stories about secret monitoring over laptop webcams (such as this one or this one), I wonder about the reliability of the green LED next to the camera that indicates that it'...
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Is there a high quality webcam-cover solution for a MacBook Air? [closed]

Questions as to the nature of my paranoia aside, right now I have a piece of sticky note covering my webcam on my MacBook Air, which, as you can imagine, doesn't really complement the look and feel. ...
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What app to use for high res webcam photo capture?

Photo Booth does 640x480. I know the HD webcam on the 2011 MacBook Pros can do better than that. What app can I use for taking full resolution stills?
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Mountain Lion: how to change webcam resolution

I've just recently got my first Macbook Pro. I'd like to change the resolution of the inbuilt webcam, because my daily GoToMeeting chews through 1-2Gb of traffic and there's no flatrate available from ...
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Webcam not working on Macbook Pro 13"

At some point this year I noticed that my camera was not working. (Skype, Google, Facetime) I tried this https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT2090 But under devices for Camera it says no devices found....
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How do I deactivate my microphone and iSight for security reasons?

In OS X 10.8 it is possible to log in via SSH and get access to hardware input devices like microphone and iSight camera. Thus it is possible to remotely record audio and video of other users sitting ...
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How Do I Disable the Webcam on an External Thunderbolt Display

I've got an iMac 27" paired with a Thunderbolt 27" display that's rotated to portrait mode. Both of them have integrated webcams. Some applications are screwy and inconsistent about letting me pick ...
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Can someone point me to resources to reverse engineer ancient Mac software?

I have an ancient program called "Digital Radar" (surveillance software) by Connectix. Connectix developed the original little ball webcam, and was later bought by Logitech. I've tried all of their ...
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Can the Macbook's webcam be ON without LED indication?

Was reading some topics online about hackers accessing user's webcams (on Windows) to spy on them etc, and I am now interested to know if I'm at any risk. To make it simple, these are my questions : ...
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Easiest way to scan ISBN number from books

What is the easiest/quickest way using an iMac to scan the ISBN number of a bunch books. Non-paying (for software, or dedicated scanner device) preferred, although low-cost solutions might be ...
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How to debug my webcam problems?

I'm quite a new OS X user and come from a linux background - usually to debug my problems I consult the logs as per /var/log/syslog however with Yosemite i'm not sure what i'm looking for. Any way my ...
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Does a newer MacBook's camera light need to be activated when the camera turns on?

Does the camera of a newer MacBook require the green camera light beside it to turn on when the camera itself is turned on? Is the camera light hardwired to the camera, meaning that if the camera is ...
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Recording a screencast with a webcam

Quicktime can be used to record screen casts, which captures a video of the events in the screen - with or without the audio from the microphone. Many screencasts also capture the webcam in the lower-...
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How do I view a webcam image on OS X 10.11

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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iChat sends out connections to an IP address when configuring camera and mic settings

Using LittleSnitch I noticed that Messages (iChat) tries to connect to 17.154.239.222 over udp when I open the audio and video preferences for the application. Apple owns that IP address but does ...
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Motion Detection with iSight/FaceTime Camera

I'd like to use my iSight camera to detect motion, and if any motion is detected, record a short movie (until the motion stops) for security purposes (ok, I want to spy on my cat). Is there software ...
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Can the iSight camera perform facial recognition at the lock/login screen?

I would like to know is there any software that will make my Macbook Pro's iSight camera work as biometric authentication by capturing my face? Any free or paid software are welcome (preferably free). ...
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Fake Webcam / Webcam Emulator Mac Os 10.7.4 64Bit running as a Virtual Machine.

I am looking for fake webcam solution for Mac OS 10.7.4 64bit running as a Virtual Machine. What I tried: ManyCam - only works with 32bit Browser and then not with all flash applications CamCamX - ...
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How to search for evidence of Camfecting (webcam hacking) on MB?

I'm worried about camfecting (webcam hacking). The built-in camera light on my macbook (running OSX) is not on, but it isn't hard wired so that doesn't say a lot. Can I watch outbound traffic in ...
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How to show a notification when the iSIght webcam turns on?

Is it possible to get a desktop notification when my iSight turns on? It would be optimal if this could go through Growl, but I've tried HardwareGrowler and it doesn't give me a notification. I know ...
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How to use iPhone camera as MacBook Pro iSight?

Is there any software available which would allow me to use an iPhone 4S' camera as my MacBook Pro's iSight camera? I am specifically looking for something that would allow me to use my iPhone as New ...
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iPad as a wireless webcam

Can I use my iPad as a wireless webcam for my PC? I think the solution would be an app streaming the video captured by the iPad's camera from the iPad to the PC where another app would decode it, ...
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iPhone 4 as webcam for Mac

I'm searching for an app and software to to let me use my iPhone 4 as a webcam for MSN and others. My phone is 4.0.1 and jailbroken. I'm using Mac OS X 10.6.4.
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Best webcam to use with Skype and a Mac mini? [closed]

My users are requesting that we set up a conference room Mac mini (2009) for videochats using Skype. Since iSights are no longer reliably available (and I'm not going to give up my personal one), ...
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How can I tell if my MacBook's iSight has a hardware problem?

I've got a 2006 13" MacBook (Core Duo; the first ones they produced with an Intel chipset), and the built-in webcam doesn't seem to work anymore. Here's what my System Profiler shows in the USB tab: ...
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What is the real native maximum resolution of mid–2010 iMac's iSight camera?

I had understood that the pre-2011 Macs & Apple displays have a built–in iSight camera which sensor is capable of VGA (640 x 480) resolution—unlike the FaceTime HD cameras, which replaced the ...
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Drivers for Logitech QuickCam Orbit AF: Any third-party options?

I have a lovely USB webcam, namely the QuickCam® Orbit AF. It's the type of webcam one often sees at Customs checkpoints at airports around the world. It also looks a bit like HAL. The problem is ...
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HD webcam for iChat

I've seen a couple of Mac compatible HD webcams for sale, but they often come with the caveat of falling back to VGA resolutions when used with any application not supported by the camera manufacturer....
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How to capture the H.264 stream of a Logitech c920 camera

I am using a Logitech c920 HD Pro Webcam with my Macbook Pro 17" (early 2011) and Mac OS Mavericks 10.9.5 I am able to record videos with Quicktime 10.3 where I have two options for "quality" with ...
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Camera is not being detected on Mac

I have a Macbook Pro (Retina) and recently my camera stopped working. I didn't drop it or anything, it's just not being detected as a hardware. When I try to see why, System Report shows me: No ...
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Issues with WiFi (seems bus related) under load

I have some interesting issues with a new MBP (13", early 2015, bought early 2016, corporate reseller) which seem to be connected to some internal bus. In all fairness I have not delved into the exact ...
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If I leave my webcam (bultin Macbook) always on, may I reduce its life?

If I leave my MacBook iSight camera always on, does its life get shortened?
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Is there any way to broadcast a part of your screen as webcam on OSX (for twitch, omegle etc)?

Title: can you get a section of your screen recognised as if it was a webcam, so sites like twitch and omegle will read from it?
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Video Output as iSight Input

I'd like to be able to display videos and pictures through my MacBook Pro's webcam on Skype and other online chat sites. I previously used programs such as ManyCam to emulate a webcam, however, many ...
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Built-in iSight camera in MacBook Pro stops working in Skype

I'm using macbook pro mid 2009. Everything is working good but my camera. The problem is camera stops working after 1-2 minutes in skype chat. And during the conversation I can't close my camera ...
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What is the frame rate and shutter speed of the MacBook's iSight camera?

I am writing some image processing software to be used with the webcam built-in to my MacBook (purchased in mid-2008 to be specific). I want to know the specifications of it; particularly, frame rate ...
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How can I display Quicktime's “New Movie Recording” function in ASCII

I wonder if anyone could master this one? So Quicktime can play movies in ASCII mode as per the link below: http://developer.apple.com/library/mac/#samplecode/ASCIIMoviePlayerSample/Introduction/...
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Can I use the iPhone 4's camera via my Mac?

I'd like to record some video on my MacBook Pro, which I could do using the built-in iSight except I'd like to record in HD. Rather than go out and buy a new HD video camera, is there any way of ...
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Can iSight be used by more than 1 application at the same time?

Just what the title says. Is it supported? If so - does this depend on application or on the system?
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How do I use multiple webcams at once on Mac OS X?

I have programmed a Flash app that makes use of several webcams at the same time. The app works great on Windows. When I try to use more than one webcam on Mac OS X, I find that each webcam I plug ...
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Watch Mac's iSight (webcam) on another Mac over LAN

I have two Macs (A MacBook Air, and a MacBook Pro). Now, I'd like to view the live picture of the webcam of one MacBook on the other. (So, I'd like to stream my webcam or, equivalently use my iSight ...
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Can I simultaneously record video from a MacBook webcam and the iPhone screen?

So I know I can use QuickTime to record a movie from my Mac's webcam. And I know I can use QuickTime to record a movie from the screen of my iPhone, connected via a USB cable. But my question is: ...
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Thunderbolt Display Camera No Longer Recognized by my Macbook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro Retina 2.5 GHz Core i7 with OS X 10.9.5 from March 2014. I teach in an Adobe classroom every week, and have never had the following problem until last night after I downloaded ...
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How can I simultaneously take pictures from multiple USB webcams?

I am looking at using a setup of multiple webcams (5+) to recreate the bullet time effect. However, I have no idea how to simultaneously capture photos from all the webcams hooked up to my computer. ...
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How do I use the Logitech Webcam 9000 on my Macbook Pro?

I have OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion installed on my Macbook Pro. I want to use my Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 webcam with it, but Logitech does not include drivers for OS X. I need an camera that is not on ...
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Open source iSightCapture?

Is there an open source program like iSightCapture?