3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 2, 2010 5:55 PM by EZ Jim
woolybully Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
When I'm skyping with a friend who has an HP Windows laptop he sees me as if standing in front of me. However, on my Mac with the built-in iSight camera I see him as a mirror image with the text on his T-shirt backwards. Can this be adjusted? Since I see him backwards, is this a function of his camera or the way my Macs see his video?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Robert Kruse

iMac & MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • EZ Jim Level 7 Level 7 (21,815 points)
    woolybully wrote:
    When I'm skyping with a friend who has an HP Windows laptop he sees me as if standing in front of me. However, on my Mac with the built-in iSight camera I see him as a mirror image with the text on his T-shirt backwards. Can this be adjusted? Since I see him backwards, is this a function of his camera or the way my Macs see his video?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Robert Kruse


    Welcome to Discussions, Robert (woolybully)

    My guess is that this is a function of the way Skype for Windows® sends video to your Mac. If you want more info, read on.

    (0) Your display shows video sent by your friend.

    Your iSight captures video at your location.

    Therefore, I doubt that your problem is related to iSight. The info in this link may give you a better understanding of mirror image iSight possibillites:

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=10574807&#10574807

    If not, the following may help you track down the answer to your specific concerns.

    (1) For actual iSight problems or issues, start with Apple's http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2090

    If your iSight problem occurs in more than one app and more than one user account, the reset suggested there often restores proper function of inbuilt iSight.

    However, if after carefully following all the suggestions in the "How to Troubleshoot iSight" article, your built-in iSight still does not work, and if it does not show as a USB device in your Mac's System Profiler, yours is most likely a hardware problem. In that case, contact Apple or an Apple-Authorized Service Provider for service.

    (2) Applications operate iSight, so, unless the problem is related to iSight hardware or the Mac OS software drivers that enable the camera, Help for the application you are using with your iSight can often give you some ideas.

    I do not use Skype, but you and your friend can check your respective computers' Skype > Help files and other documentation to see if Skype normally transmits reversed video.

    (3) If necessary, you can find other help for Skype specific questions or problems here:

    http://www.skype.com/help/guides

    Skype even has its own dedicated forum for help from Skype users: http://forum.skype.com/

    For any Skype questions or problems, you will probably get faster and better help from the Skype users or Skype Tech Support. Search or post in the appropriate Skype Support area.



    If you still cannot find what you need, check https://support.skype.com/search_first/

    before contacting Tech Support: https://support.skype.com/support_selection

    (4) If I misunderstood your post, or if you have any other Apple questions,
    we will be happy to try to help with any here in Discussions.



    EZ Jim




    Mac Pro Quad Core (Early 2009) 2.93Ghz w/Mac OS X (10.6.2)  MacBook Pro (13 inch, Mid 2009) 2.26GHz (10.6.2)

    LED Cinema Display  G4 PowerBook 1.67GHz (10.4.11)  iBookSE 366MHz (10.3.9)  External iSight
  • woolybully Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks Jim. I've got a bit more information now. When my friend and I are skyping and he sees the video image of me correctly, the small video of himself in the Skype window of his computer is reversed. Since it is reversed on his computer as well as my Mac, I am inclined to think that either the Windows camera software or the Windows version of Skype is flipping the image. My Mac is exonerated (I think!).
    Robert
  • EZ Jim Level 7 Level 7 (21,815 points)
    woolybully wrote:
    Thanks Jim. I've got a bit more information now. When my friend and I are skyping and he sees the video image of me correctly, the small video of himself in the Skype window of his computer is reversed. Since it is reversed on his computer as well as my Mac, I am inclined to think that either the Windows camera software or the Windows version of Skype is flipping the image. My Mac is exonerated (I think!).
    Robert


    You're welcome, Robert.

    I think you are correct in your assessment, and it is what I expected.

    EZ Jim



    Mac Pro Quad Core (Early 2009) 2.93Ghz w/Mac OS X (10.6.2)  MacBook Pro (13 inch, Mid 2009) 2.26GHz (10.6.2)

    LED Cinema Display  G4 PowerBook 1.67GHz (10.4.11)  iBookSE 366MHz (10.3.9)  External iSight