8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 24, 2012 5:23 AM by gilesfromriverview
RoddyBoy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Okay... so I just got my first MacBook Pro. I love it, but one of the main reasons I got it was the quality of the webcam. I paint faces, and I do a lot of demo videos. Well... I can't figure out how to change the settings so it's like looking in a mirror. Everything is reversed and, as you can imagine, it's not very easy to use a paint brush on your face when everything is backwards.

I read you can't change the settings of the camera... and I checked out iglasses, but it doesn't say anything in the description about being able to flip the view while recording.

So, is there any software that would let me do that? Or is there some way now to flip the view while recording.

Oh... as I said, I have the latest macbook pro... running OS X

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • 1. Re: Newbie... Need Help With The Video Camera
    CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,425 points)
    Photobooth/Edit/Auto Flip New Photos
  • 2. Re: Newbie... Need Help With The Video Camera
    EZ Jim Level 7 Level 7 (21,390 points)
    Welcome to Discussions, RoddyBoy

    RoddyBoy wrote:
    Okay... so I just got my first MacBook Pro. I love it, but one of the main reasons I got it was the quality of the webcam. I paint faces, and I do a lot of demo videos. Well... I can't figure out how to change the settings so it's like looking in a mirror. Everything is reversed and, as you can imagine, it's not very easy to use a paint brush on your face when everything is backwards.

    I read you can't change the settings of the camera... and I checked out iglasses, but it doesn't say anything in the description about being able to flip the view while recording.

    So, is there any software that would let me do that? Or is there some way now to flip the view while recording.

    Oh... as I said, I have the latest macbook pro... running OS X


    Okay... so software controls your iSight. Many, _but not all_, software applications give mirror-image iSight views. Different apps work differently. Your Mac's Help in each application should give you more info on how each particular app works, but here are some suggestions for a few of the most common apps.



    (1) iChat's picture-in-picture and Snapshot is "mirrored" by design.



    We are so accustomed to seeing ourselves in the mirror that it looks strange the other way. Recorded iChat chats (movie clips) and the view that your chat friends' see and are normal. Only iChat's Video snapshots and your video preview are mirror-image.



    (2) You can change individual snapshots made with either iChat or Photo Booth by opening the file with your Preview application and using the Preview > Tools > Flip Horizontal menu command.



    Full-featured image editing software such as PhotoShop or PhotoShop Elements can also flip images that have already been saved.



    (3) You can change future Photo Booth snapshots with the Photo Booth > Edit > Auto Flip  New Photos menu choice.



    More info is in Photo Booth > Help > Photo Booth Help. Search for Flipping a photo there.



    (4) iMovie is different. Its preview window shows images right-way-around, as is the customary view for movie cameras.

    (5) For mirrored video clips saved with Photo Booth or other apps, QuickTime Pro can easily flip them. Use QT Pro's "Visual Settings" controls in the "Video Track" section of its "Movie Properties" menu command to flip, rotate, resize, and edit other properties of an already-recorded video.


    If you do not have QT Pro, the latest iMovie version, iMovie 9 (sometimes called iMovie '11 because it is part of iLife '11), can flip already-saved video. iMovie 8 (sometimes called iMovie '09 because it is part of iLife '09), can also flip already-saved clips. With either of these apps, click Clip Inspector > Video Effect: > Flipped to reverse the selected clip.

    I do not think that iMovie 7 (which was part of iLife '08) can flip videos. However, if you have the previous version, you can import clips and flip them using iMovie 6's Editing > Video FX "Mirror" effect.

    (6) If you really want to change your iSight's image, you can add iGlasses 2 software. You can download the free trial to test whether it will do what you need before you decide whether to pay the modest price.



    (7) If you are into no-cost, imperfect, and unsophisticated work-arounds, one kludged alternative would be to position a mirror as best you can so you are making video of your image in the mirror.



    (8) I don't know which "paint brush" app you are using or how it works, but its Help or menu commands may let you do what you want. If not, you may want to consider a different painting app that lets you reverse the view.

    EZ Jim


    Mac Pro Quad Core (Early 2009) 2.93Ghz Mac OS X (10.6.7); MacBook Pro (13 inch, Mid 2009) 2.26GHz (10.6.7)
    LED Cinema Display; G4 PowerBook 1.67GHz (10.4.11); iBookSE 366MHz (10.3.9); External iSight; iPod4touch4.3.1
  • 3. Re: Newbie... Need Help With The Video Camera
    RoddyBoy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    No... I think I didn't explain this correctly.

    I don't need the end result to be flipped... I need the video to be flipped WHILE I'm recording it... So that I'm looking into a mirror.

    I'm using an actual paintbrush on my face, lol... not photoshop or correl. I do face and body painting for a living, and I was using my flip cam to do videos for youtube, but I can't see if I'm in the shot with that. I was using my pc, cuz I could flip the view, but the cam was horrible, and I'm trying to break free from PC all together.

    So, what I'm trying to do is just look at the screen and paint myself, but if it's not mirrored.. It's very difficult to figure out which way to move my paintbrush.
  • 4. Re: Newbie... Need Help With The Video Camera
    CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,425 points)
    I need the video to be flipped WHILE I'm recording it... So that I'm looking into a mirror.

    Strange. When I use Photobooth's video, the recording itself is like a mirror. Hold on, let me check again...

    Yes it is a mirror. I checked the settings & Flip Photo feature is selected. I unselected it, and I still get a mirror image in both photos and videos.
  • 5. Re: Newbie... Need Help With The Video Camera
    RoddyBoy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    OH! You rock! I am still figuring all this out. I didn't realize photobooth could do videos. Thank you so much!
  • 6. Re: Newbie... Need Help With The Video Camera
    CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,425 points)
    You're welcome. Check out Photobooths "Effects" options. Will go great with your painting videos.
  • 7. Re: Newbie... Need Help With The Video Camera
    EZ Jim Level 7 Level 7 (21,390 points)
    @CMCSK: *Well done, CMCSK!*

    @RoddyBoy: I see with CMCSK's good help you understand that some apps flip
    and some do not. Congratulations on finding one that does what you want.

    And *thank you for using the star to let us know your topic is answered*.

    Enjoy,
    EZ Jim


    Mac Pro Quad Core (Early 2009) 2.93Ghz Mac OS X (10.6.7); MacBook Pro (13 inch, Mid 2009) 2.26GHz (10.6.7)
    LED Cinema Display; G4 PowerBook 1.67GHz (10.4.11); iBookSE 366MHz (10.3.9); External iSight; iPod4touch4.3.1
  • 8. Re: Newbie... Need Help With The Video Camera
    gilesfromriverview Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I've just worked out a propper way to sort out this nonsense with video, and it works for pictures too, without mucking up the isight camera.

    Copy a simply quartz composer file and change the name to 'Flip' or something similar, change the parameters within the macro within quartz composer to match this one below, save and then when you restart photobooth, this will be the last effect in the effects pages, select it and the video is image correct for text. Hope this helps

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