Interesting thing about isight in new intel macs...

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Toadinthehole, Jan 15, 2006.

  1. Toadinthehole macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2005
    I have a rev c iMac g5 (isight) and the built in isight is useless for anything but ichat av, i thought about doing video podcasts or using it as an input source for imovie HD but i discovered when it arrived that it is not available as an input, however in the new intel macs (both the macbook and iMac) introduced at MWSF, Apple's website states that the isight can be used for video podcasts and iMovie HD, i wonder is it iLife 06 that enables the isight to be used as a input device into imovie or is it a hardware feature that enables the isight to be used in this way? (i have iLife 05' that came with my iMac) :)
  2. howesey macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2005
    You need a firewaire camera, the new iSight that is built in is USB. So it will not work.
  3. Danksi macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2005
    Nelson, BC. Canada
    Are they Firewire in the iMac Intels then?
  4. DrNeroCF macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2004
    They're a hack that lets you run USB cameras in iMovie, no?
  5. mrfrosty macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2005
    The iSight on my Rev. C iMac can be used with iMovie. iMovie from iLife06 anyway. Never tried it with '05.
  6. grabberslasher macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2002
  7. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    It can be done with iLife '05.
    You have to attach a FW camera temporarily when starting iMovie.
    iMovie "sees" both cameras.... Disconnect the external camera, and you can use the built-in iSight.

    I know this is not a very handy little workaround, but it does work. :)
  8. spencecb macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2003
    Since no one has answered your question directly, it is indeed iLife '06 that enables the built-in iSight to be recognized by iMovie.

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