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I would like to attach an exterior web camera to use for Skype in my classroom. I find the iSight is a bit limited in its view, and I'd like to be able to type (facing me) with the camera showing the class. If I attach a USB camera, how do I find it on the computer? I didn't see it in System Preferences, or as an icon on the desktop once plugged in.

thanks for any help.

Mac Book Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • sanjampet Level 5 Level 5 (6,880 points)
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    Feb 6, 2013 6:01 AM (in response to alibull)

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  • EZ Jim Level 7 Level 7 (21,260 points)
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    Feb 6, 2013 7:58 AM (in response to alibull)

    In the specific case of Skype:


    Select the external camera in the "Camera" choices bar found in the Skype >  Preferences  >  Audio/Video menu command as shown in the image below from this Skype Support web page:



    If you don't see the choices bar, check to be sure your external camera is Mac-compatible and properly connected.




    In general:


    (0) How you select among connected cameras depends on which application you are using. Specific info for a few more applications is shown here.


    (Info on other apps and older software is included below for possible benefit of other readers.  Apple has changed the built-in camera's name on newer Macs from "iSight" to "FaceTime" and then to "FaceTime HD."  Regardless of the name of your built-in camera, the following info applies.)


    (1) Don't install any software that may have come with the external cam.  Provided that your Mac is running Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later, your Mac already contains all driver software necessary for any Mac compatible camera.


    (2) To use the external camera, simply connect it to your Mac.


    If it has an on/off switch, switch to the on position.


    How you select between connected cameras depends on the app you are using.

    With more than one working camera recognized by your system, most camera-capable applications have settings that allow you to choose which camera to use. However, they do not all work the same way.  Here follow some examples:


    • iMovie 9 ('11) uses a choices bar in the "Import from Camera" window:


    More info:


    • For iChat or Messages, you can choose which iSight you use in the "Camera:" choices bar in iChat/Messages > Preferences... > Audio/Video that appears when more than one compatible camera is connected. Although your camera choices will be different, the choices bar will look something similar to the Preferences settings shown here:





    • Photo Booth uses the Photo Booth > Camera menu command to select which camera to use.  Remember, camera choice for any app will be available only if more than one working camera is recognized by your system.  With only one camera, the choices will not be visible.



    • For FaceTime,if your Mac recognizes more than one connected compatible camera, a "Camera" section listing the cameras from which you can choose will appear there. Clicking on the desired camera name will let you select the one you want as shown in this image from my Mac Pro and LED Cinema Display:




    If your Mac recognizes only one compatible camera, the "Camera" section will not appear in the Video menu, but FaceTime will automatically use the connected camera that is recognized by OS X.


    • QuickTimeX uses Preferences to select between connected cameras.

    QTX video Preference settings are visible only when you have a new video recording window open. The image below shows how to access QTX video Preferences from an open video recording window:






    Note that only one webcam (iSight) is shown in this image because I had only one camera connected to my Mac at the time. When more than one compatible camera is connected, you will see the additional camera name and can select it in this menu.


    •  For cameras connected via Flash browser plugins, control-click on an open video window and adjust the camera settings to select between a connected USB and Firewire video camera:



    • For other apps, launch an app and check the app's menu items or Help to find out how to select between connected cameras.




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    Mac OSX 10.8.2


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