Capture Video USB Webcam

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  1. Bollockser macrumors regular

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    Ive got several webcams, and I've tried using Quicktime's new movie recording and the frame rate is pathetically slow.

    Mac Mini 2010, brand new SSD, 8GB RAM, Yosemite.

    I snagged an oldschool external iSight camera off eBay and iMovie does not recognize it.

    Adobe Premiere does not recognize either of these cameras.

    All I want to do is record continuous video, 720p or 1080p, close to 30fps.

    Can someone recommend an application that will recognize and record a USB webcam in full frame rate?
     
  2. mns579 macrumors member

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    Several items:

    Frame rate is going to depend greatly on available light, no matter the camera. As Kurosawa was reputedly fond of shouting on set (and my first advice to you): "More light!"

    Was this eBay Apple iSight camera supposed to be in working condition?

    Is the iSight camera turned on? You turn it off/on by twisting the ring at the end of the lens tube.

    I have one of these old iSight cameras working with Mavericks. I don't have a Yosemite installation to test it on.

    You might try VLC's capture (File > Open Capture Device > Capture). VLC seems somewhat snappier to me.

    "All I want to do is record continuous video, 720p or 1080p, close to 30fps."

    Probably not going to happen. You'll get much better results with a standalone camera. Although a computer can capture video, it's not the primary function of a computer. Use a device designed for the purpose for optimum results.
     

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