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Globalmark Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi

Does anyone know either of a Simple way to Turn off the isight camera on a Macbook pro (3.1 model with Snow leopard) or a simple program or Widget to do this ??

I have already Googled this but cannot find much - except disable certain files, or a Applescript by Techslaves.org called isight disabler , which seems great except I have to run applescript each time run this script, put in password, then select !
SO is there a Basic app or even a Way of making the isight disabler work like a simple app - or a way to do with Mac's settings ??

Any help is Appriciated
Thanks Mark

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7), 2.4ghz , 1gb ram
  • 1. Re: Is there a way to turn off and On the isight camera or app to do it ?????
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,855 points)
    The camera is not on unless you open an application that uses it like PhotoBooth.
  • 2. Re: Is there a way to turn off and On the isight camera or app to do it ?????
    Globalmark Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi

    Thanks yes I am aware that it is only on with programs like Skype, Messenger, photoBooth, etc
    But that does not really answer my Question

    thanks anyway
  • 3. Re: Is there a way to turn off and On the isight camera or app to do it ?????
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,855 points)
    Then perhaps you need to ask your question clearly because I don't understand what your problem is. If the camera is turned off when not required, then what is the point of your query?
  • 4. Re: Is there a way to turn off and On the isight camera or app to do it ?????
    EZ Jim Level 7 Level 7 (21,390 points)
    Globalmark wrote:
    Hi

    Does anyone know either of a Simple way to Turn off the isight camera on a Macbook pro (3.1 model with Snow leopard) or a simple program or Widget to do this ??

    I have already Googled this but cannot find much - except disable certain files, or a Applescript by Techslaves.org called isight disabler , which seems great except I have to run applescript each time run this script, put in password, then select !
    SO is there a Basic app or even a Way of making the isight disabler work like a simple app - or a way to do with Mac's settings ??

    Any help is Appriciated
    Thanks Mark


    Barring some unusual circumstance, there should be no need to disable your built-in iSight because YOU decide when to use your iSight.



    Some apps such as iChat allow you to enable and disable the webcam from menu commands.



    Other apps such as Photo Booth only use the camera when you click the button.



    However, if you REALLY want to disable, scripts like this one can easily disable and enable iSight.



    http://techslaves.org/index.php?page=62

    However, be aware that it simultaneously disables ALL USB webcams when active.

    Although I do not recommend it, you can manually disable your built-in iSight by removing the "QuickTimeUSBVDCDIgitizer.component" file from your computer's HardDriveName > System > Library > QuickTime folder and restarting your Mac. Your built-in iSight should no longer work with any app.

    P.S. Manually moving, renaming, or deleting files outside your Username/Documents folder

       is generally a BAD idea unless you KNOW how it will effect OS X.



    EZ Jim


    Mac Pro Quad Core (Early 2009) 2.93Ghz Mac OS X (10.6.6); MacBook Pro (13 inch, Mid 2009) 2.26GHz (10.6.6)
    LED Cinema Display; G4 PowerBook 1.67GHz (10.4.11); iBookSE 366MHz (10.3.9); External iSight; iPod4touch4.2.1
  • 5. Re: Is there a way to turn off and On the isight camera or app to do it ?????
    Asatoran Level 4 Level 4 (2,535 points)
    Does anyone know either of a Simple way to Turn off the isight camera on a Macbook pro...


    Tape? Specifically electrical tape or other opaque tape over the lens.

    Some people find that "solution" a tad snarky, but IMHO, while it is a little sarcastic, I know of a few people who are paranoid about some malware turning on the camera without their knowledge, so find this "solution" completely acceptable. They can completely "disable" the camera with no software compatibility issues, and works with any model computer. Obviously this will not stop the malware (or whatever) from using the microphone, but you wanted "simple."
  • 6. Re: Is there a way to turn off and On the isight camera or app to do it ?????
    EZ Jim Level 7 Level 7 (21,390 points)
    Asatoran wrote:
    Does anyone know either of a Simple way to Turn off the isight camera on a Macbook pro...


    Tape? Specifically electrical tape or other opaque tape over the lens.

    Some people find that "solution" a tad snarky, but IMHO, while it is a little sarcastic, I know of a few people who are paranoid about some malware turning on the camera without their knowledge, so find this "solution" completely acceptable. They can completely "disable" the camera with no software compatibility issues, and works with any model computer. Obviously this will not stop the malware (or whatever) from using the microphone, but you wanted "simple."


    I think tape is acceptable, too, even though I do not think it necessary. Moreover, I see nothing snarky, sarcastic, or wrong about tape if a user wants it.

    However, unless an "administrator" of an individual's Mac has installed, activated, and authorized Apple Remote Desktop or some other software for remotely operating the Mac, nobody can be watching the people you know without their explicit permission and action. Therefore, physical control is the most important consideration in iSight image security.

    More detailed discussion: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=11112666

    EZ Jim


    Mac Pro Quad Core (Early 2009) 2.93Ghz Mac OS X (10.6.6); MacBook Pro (13 inch, Mid 2009) 2.26GHz (10.6.6)
    LED Cinema Display; G4 PowerBook 1.67GHz (10.4.11); iBookSE 366MHz (10.3.9); External iSight; iPod4touch4.2.1
  • 7. Re: Is there a way to turn off and On the isight camera or app to do it ?????
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,515 points)
    Hi Kappy,

    There was this

    Whilst it is clear the School had put or enabled software on the computers it is not clear in any of the info I have read about the subject whether the "Camera Active" light came on.

    It would seem that, if you wanted to trace "lost" computers, you would not want to alert any potential thief.



    8:42 PM Friday; February 18, 2011

    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"
  • 8. Re: Is there a way to turn off and On the isight camera or app to do it ?????
    EZ Jim Level 7 Level 7 (21,390 points)
    Globalmark wrote:
    ... SO is there a Basic app or even a Way of making the isight disabler work like a simple app - or a way to do with Mac's settings ??


    SO in direct answer to your direct question - no..

    EZ Jim


    Message was edited by: EZ Jim

    Mac Pro Quad Core (Early 2009) 2.93Ghz Mac OS X (10.6.6); MacBook Pro (13 inch, Mid 2009) 2.26GHz (10.6.6)
    LED Cinema Display; G4 PowerBook 1.67GHz (10.4.11); iBookSE 366MHz (10.3.9); External iSight; iPod4touch4.2.1
  • 9. Re: Is there a way to turn off and On the isight camera or app to do it ?????
    Last Chance Rand Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Although I do not recommend it, you can manually disable your built-in iSight
    by removing the "QuickTimeUSBVDCDIgitizer.component" file from your computer's
    HardDriveName > System > Library > QuickTime folder and restarting your Mac.
    Your built-in iSight should no longer work with any app.


    Does not work for me whether I rename or move this file. Any other software option to disable the camera?
  • 10. Re: Is there a way to turn off and On the isight camera or app to do it ?????
    EZ Jim Level 7 Level 7 (21,390 points)
    Last Chance Rand wrote:
    Although I do not recommend it, you can manually disable your built-in iSight
    by removing the "QuickTimeUSBVDCDIgitizer.component" file from your computer's
    HardDriveName > System > Library > QuickTime folder and restarting your Mac.
    Your built-in iSight should no longer work with any app.


    Does not work for me whether I rename or move this file. Any other software option to disable the camera?


    If you restart your Mac after moving the "QuickTimeUSBVDCDIgitizer.component" file,
    built-in iSight cannot work.

    EZ Jim


    Mac Pro Quad Core (Early 2009) 2.93Ghz Mac OS X (10.6.6)

    MacBook Pro (13 inch, Mid 2009) 2.26GHz (10.6.6)

    LED Cinema Display; G4 PowerBook 1.67GHz (10.4.11)

    iBookSE 366MHz (10.3.9); External iSight; iPod4touch4.2.1
  • 11. Re: Is there a way to turn off and On the isight camera or app to do it ?????
    GetTheFacts321 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Here's a way to turn on and off your camera if you know how to use the terminal program.

     

    I've been all over the web to find junk that doesn't work.   I have 10.6.8 and this works just as it should:

     

    To disable the camera - access the terminal as root

    Enter the following 3 commands:

     

    chmod 000 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CoreMediaIOServices.framework/Versions/A/Reso urces/VDC.plugin/Contents/MacOS/VDC

     

    chmod 000 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CoreMediaIOServicesPrivate.framework/Versions /A/Resources/VDC.plugin/Contents/MacOS/VDC

     

    chmod 000 /System/Library/QuickTime/QuickTimeUSBVDCDigitizer.component/Contents/MacOS/Qui ckTimeUSBVDCDigitizer

     

    To enable the camera - access the terminal as root

    Enter the following 3 commands:

     

    chmod 755 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CoreMediaIOServices.framework/Versions/A/Reso urces/VDC.plugin/Contents/MacOS/VDC

     

    chmod 755 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CoreMediaIOServicesPrivate.framework/Versions /A/Resources/VDC.plugin/Contents/MacOS/VDC

     

    chmod 755 /System/Library/QuickTime/QuickTimeUSBVDCDigitizer.component/Contents/MacOS/Qui ckTimeUSBVDCDigitizer

  • 12. Re: Is there a way to turn off and On the isight camera or app to do it ?????
    tc124 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Globalmark,

     

    I had the same problem.  I had installed KeyLemon software that does face rcognition for security purposes but I was less than thrilled, so I uninstalled it.  However, after re-booting, the green LED at the top of my screen remained lit indicating that my iSight camera was on.  I was able to get it turned off and now it only comes on as needed, for example when using FaceTime.  However, it was non-trivial.  Here's how I did it.  (Details follow the summarry.)

     

    BTW, I am using a MacBook Pro with OS X 10.7.4

     

    I moved the iSight component from the System Library, rebooted, moved the component back again, rebooted once more and now it is back to normal.

     

    The details:

     

    Open a terminal session

    su to root

    mkdir /System/Library/QuickTime/.iSightBackup

    mv /System/Library/QuickTime/QuickTimeUSBVDCDIgitizer.component <A SPACE GOES HERE> /System/Library/QuickTime/.iSightBackup/

    logout

    reboot

     

    when you are operational again,

    once again

    Open a terminal session

    su to root

    mv /System/Library/QuickTime/.iSightBackup/QuickTimeUSBVDCDIgitizer.component  <A SPACE GOES HERE>   /System/Library/QuickTime/

    logout

    reboot

     

    Test it using photo booth or face time or something you can trust that uses the camera.  The LED should only come on when using the application.

     

    This worked for me, but I suspect that the solution proposed by GetTheFacts321 would do equally well.

  • 13. Re: Is there a way to turn off and On the isight camera or app to do it ?????
    araybo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    "Then perhaps you need to ask your question clearly."

     

    The question is quite clear, and any confusion you had was due to an unwarranted assumption you made: that there's no problem if any application that is designed to can use the camera.

  • 14. Re: Is there a way to turn off and On the isight camera or app to do it ?????
    MacDoggPro Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    A fairly computer savvy person would always understand the assumption Globalmark has made, as i have and many others have in this post.  I understand that he might to disable the camera function for his own reasons.  I myself have a situation where i don't want anyone who uses my computer to be able to skype, photobooth, what have you app that uses the camera.

     

    GettheFacts321 & tc124, thank you for answering the question.  All you others, get smarter and stop trolling!

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