11 Replies Latest reply: Jan 14, 2013 1:52 PM by Ralph Johns (UK)
JFraser Level 1 (0 points)

How do you take hi definition pictures using the HD FaceTime Camera with a Mac?  I'm tired of Photo Booth's tiny 640 X 480 VGA resolution photos.

  • EZ Jim Level 7 (22,173 points)

    Use the Photo Booth > View > Enter Full Screen menu command before you make your snapshot.  If you export the resulting image and examine it with your Finder > File > Get Info, you will see it now has the higher pixel count (definition) you seek.

     

     

     

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  • JFraser Level 1 (0 points)

    That didn't help at all.  The photo is still VGA resolution.  When are they going to fix that?

  • EZ Jim Level 7 (22,173 points)

    (1) Hmmm.  It works for me.

    JFraser wrote: ...  When are they going to fix that?

     

    Per paragraph 2.1 of the  Apple Support Communities Terms of Use, we are not allowed to speculate here

     

        http://discussions.apple.com/static/apple/tutorial/tou.html

     

    Therefore, you won't get an answer to this "When" question unless you can find some Apple published date.

     

    (2) If you are willing to add non-Apple software to your Mac, you can check whether any of the webcam apps here can make the kind of snapshots you want:

     

       http://www.pure-mac.com/webcam.html

     

    (3) To stay with Apple software, iChat can make snapshots at resolutions beyond 640x480 using its iChat > Video >

    Take Snapshot menu command.  For highest resolution image, maximize the video window size before making the snapshot.

     

    (4) If you are looking for a workaround, consider iMovie or QuickTimeX's video capture capability.

     

    The QuickTimeX and iMovie that came with your Mac can make high definition video clips.  Although it requires several steps, you could make a short clip and extract the image in one high definition frame.

     

    If your screen is set to a high definition resolution, you can also use the Mac OS X screen capture shortcut (⌘⇧3) to make a hi-def snapshot of QTX's full-screen view of the QuickTime Player >

    New Movie Recording window.

     

    (5) If you are trying to raise specific suggestions or concerns to Apple, please understand that you are NOT directly addressing Apple here.  For more info about Apple discussions, start here: http://discussions.apple.com/static/apple/tutorial/etiquette.html 

     

    You can send feedback directly to Apple via http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html

     

    You will not get a response, but you can be certain that the responsible Apple people will see your input for consideration in future product development.

     

    (6) If you have access to a local Mac retailer, the retailer may be able to give you some ideas that can help you meet your specific needs immediately.

     

     

     

     

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  • JFraser Level 1 (0 points)

    I see.  I was using iGlasses software instead of HD FaceTime to take the pictures with Photo Booth.  That was the problem.  Thanks.

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 (71,158 points)

    Hi,

     

    I see iGlasses has been updated for Lion.

     

    Thanks for the Prompt.

     

     


    10:16 PM      Friday; December 30, 2011


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  • jsegel Level 2 (295 points)

    I am not seeing this work. I get 426x640  whether full screen or not, whether using built in camera or attached 5MP camera.

    Is there any way to control it?

  • EZ Jim Level 7 (22,173 points)

    jsegel wrote: ... Is there any way to control it?

     

    Easiest way is to set the "Quality" preference in QuickTime X Player (ver. 10).

     

    Mac 101: QuickTime Player

     

    Set QTX's camera & mic Preferences as shown here:

     

    QTX

     

     

     

     

     

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    Mac OSX 10.8.2

  • jsegel Level 2 (295 points)

    This doesn't seem to chane anything in Photo Booth or other apps....

  • EZ Jim Level 7 (22,173 points)

    jsegel wrote:

     

    This doesn't seem to chane anything in Photo Booth or other apps....

     

    Correct.  Any app's Perference settings ONLY change

    the setting for that one app.

     

    There is no "Quality" preference in Photo Booth. 

    You can only "control" resolution in QT preferences.

     

     

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    Mac OSX 10.8.2

  • jsegel Level 2 (295 points)

    Uh. Ok, I don't understand why you posted this, then. Am i missing something? Aren't we discussing getting hi-resolution photos from Facetime or Photo Booth?

    Perhaps I'm not understanding the original situation in this thread.

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 (71,158 points)

    HI,

     

    The Original Poster was saying they did not like the Photo Booth Size/Quality and later qualified this saying they were still using iGlasses (an Add-on for the System that could be accessed by Photo Booth or iChat amongst other apps).

     

    As the Question seems to be about taking Hi res pictures regardless of Apps the response by EZ Jim seems to fit the additional question by yourself.

     

    Also the Thread was started in 2011 and took place on the whole over the Christmas Holiday period.

    I am surpirsed that I am still subscribed to it.

     

     

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    9:51 PM      Monday; January 14, 2013


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

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