iSight in the new iMacs restricted

jung_offender

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I just tried to use the built in iSight in my new iMac, only to find that iMovie can't use the built in iSight for the video feed. I would have to buy a second iSight to connect directly to a firewire port.

Is it just me or does this seem a bit backwards that newest hardware can do less than the 2 year old kit that is around?
 

Danksi

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jung_offender said:
I just tried to use the built in iSight in my new iMac, only to find that iMovie can't use the built in iSight for the video feed. I would have to buy a second iSight to connect directly to a firewire port.

Is it just me or does this seem a bit backwards that newest hardware can do less than the 2 year old kit that is around?
I'm sure that without my DV camera connected, iMovie picks up the built-in iSight as a default input device. :confused:

Isn't it an option in the Preferences?
 

liketom

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Danksi said:
I'm sure that without my DV camera connected, iMovie picks up the built-in iSight as a default input device. :confused:

Isn't it an option in the Preferences?
is'nt the isight recorded in mpeg4?? not dv
 

jung_offender

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All I get is "No Camera Attached" and that is whether I have iChat on (ie: the built in iSight is active) or off.
 

liketom

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jung_offender said:
All I get is "No Camera Attached" and that is whether I have iChat on (ie: the built in iSight is active) or off.
i used to use my old isight cam with imovie and to activate it i used to just switch the shutter to open and it would pop up -- well and ichat to

but no shutter on iMac so it must be a software thing check your ichat settings for video - tick box for open ichat when isight is connected
 

jung_offender

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liketom said:
it must be a software thing check your ichat settings for video - tick box for open ichat when isight is connected
"Automatically open iChat when camera is turned on" - this is ticked.

I did the apple support chat and the person said she would advise the engineers and let me know if a solution was found. Shall I hold my breath?
 

liketom

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jung_offender said:
"Automatically open iChat when camera is turned on" - this is ticked.

I did the apple support chat and the person said she would advise the engineers and let me know if a solution was found. Shall I hold my breath?
i'd be suprised if this happens on all new iMac's as you'd be the first to complain about this issue.

let us know what it was/is
 

SharksFan22

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Worked fine for me.

I have a 20" iMac 2.1, just ran iMovie for the first time, clicked the camera icon just below the picture area and the built-in iSight activated. This works whether I have the iChat camera control enabled or not.
 

go habs go

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Hello,
just did a little digging around on the apple sight. Under "imovie help capture live video from an isight camera"
It says must have STANDALONE ISIGHT. BUILT IN ISIGHT IS NOT ABLE TO CAPTURE VIDEO TO IMOVIE.
Thought that apple had better integration than this.......very disappointed.
 

liketom

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go habs go said:
Hello,
just did a little digging around on the apple sight. Under "imovie help capture live video from an isight camera"
It says must have STANDALONE ISIGHT. BUILT IN ISIGHT IS NOT ABLE TO CAPTURE VIDEO TO IMOVIE.
Thought that apple had better integration than this.......very disappointed.
thats a bummer , but did'nt someone a few post up say it worked fine on there 2.1 ghz?
 

jaw04005

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go habs go said:
Hello,
just did a little digging around on the apple sight. Under "imovie help capture live video from an isight camera"
It says must have STANDALONE ISIGHT. BUILT IN ISIGHT IS NOT ABLE TO CAPTURE VIDEO TO IMOVIE.
Thought that apple had better integration than this.......very disappointed.
I would think it was more of an issue with iMovie than the built-in iSight. iMovie has not received an update in months, and an update would be required for it to recognize the new built-in iSights.
 

Counterfit

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joshuawaire said:
I would think it was more of an issue with iMovie than the built-in iSight. iMovie has not received an update in months, and an update would be required for it to recognize the new built-in iSights.
That's probably the issue. I'd wager that the built-in camera is on the PCIe bus, rather than the FW bus.
 

ak004m

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Yeah it doesnt work with mine either


soooo dissapointed.....and so is my girlfriend :(
 

JDOG_

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Man that's super lame. You'd think they would have set it up on the same bus to avoid additional software settings/complications. Guess Apple engineers aren't perfect :rolleyes:

Like others have said...iLife '06....we can dream.
 

jung_offender

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So between the consistent replies and Apple, I think it's fair to say it's not a problem limited to faulty machines. Is this the sort of thing that can be addressed with a software update? Or is it a no go because of system architecture?