iSight problem on BC on Live Messenger

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by kit0515, Aug 26, 2007.

  1. kit0515 macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2007
    first of all, my isight is actually working and i am using BC1.4b and windows XP SP2.
    the problem is the iSight on messenger is zoomed in very close but when i just open the isight in My Computer its normal. anyone knows why??
    and it is also not possible adjust the zoom and other configurations for the camera.
    i have a Macbook Pro 15"

    thanks for anyone who can help me
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
  3. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    that would be a problem with live messenger. there is a options for the camera that you can set. i would look there first. maybe its just been stuffed up somehow.
  4. kit0515 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2007
    thanks for the replies.

    I just checked with skype, and it worked.
    However, i still do not know how to fix the zoom problem with windows live messenger even if i click on the "camera setting" and it still doesnt let me do it.

    thanks again.
  5. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    damn that's not good. i thought that maybe it was zoomed in or something in the settings. i'm out of ideas here sorry mate
  6. kit0515 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2007
    I think it is the MSN software's problem.
    because the driver of my isight is called "USB Video Device"
    or is it supposed to be called something with apple isight?
  7. evilspoons macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2007
    I'm experiencing the same problem here.

    As for the "USB Video Device" vs "Built-in iSight" thing, if you go into the Device Manager and poke through the device IDs and whatnot for the Built-In iSight device, it says somewhere (don't remember exactly, there were a lot of items) that it's a "USB Video Device" for the driver.

    I found a report of the same thing happening with Marratech video conferencing, so it's not a MSN/WLM issue, in my opinion. The problem in Marratech can be rectified by deleting the data file that holds the settings for the camera when you click the "advanced" button and get that ugly Windows Driver Model generic webcam adjustment page.

    However, MSN/WLM stores its data in a central repository, the registry, and therefore cannot be deleted easily. I can't find WLM's registry entries for webcam settings so far.

    At any rate, I think it's a driver problem (on Apple's side) due to the Windows webcam dialogue incorrectly picking default values, then storing "incorrect" ones in the registry, after assuming they're the correct defaults. I noticed this when opening this properties box in VIDCAP32.EXE - many of the sliders were in the wrong spots for their current settings, and some of the sliders were beyond their normal maximum ranges.

    I'll post back if I can get anything fixed here. Hopefully it'll just go away in Leopard's boot camp *crosses fingers*
  8. raysmd macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2007
    any update to getting the iSight to work with live messenger or yahoo messenger for windows?
  9. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    isight has ALWAYS worked for me on really well.
  10. raysmd macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2007
    really? Are you using bootcamp or parallels? I can't seem to get either one to work. On msn live it's too zoomed in. On yahoo messenger, the webcam just doesn't show up. This is on the Alu iMac right?
  11. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    oh hmm. im using bootcamp, its worked 4 me since 1.2. i am using my mbp tho....i shall have 2 check the imac 4 ya, once i activate xp hahahaha
  12. Dreamer2go macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    I have the same issue
    very annoying
    It's fine if I do a audio/video setup
    but if it's on webcam settings, it's messed up

    actual IM in MSN messenger with windows xp for a SR MBP for me is messed up with the zoom thingy as posted above

    any fix?
  13. nl-x macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2007
    I've had exactly the same problem. In WLM the Cam would be totaly zoomed in.
    But now it just got plain worse!
    The camera picture is very bad. All kinds of lines, and colors disrupt the image. And again: only in Windows Live Messenger.
    In Skype the picture is OK.

    Anyone experience this as well or know of a remedy ?

    Kind regards.
  14. nl-x macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2007
  15. Mac-soul macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2009
    Workaround Isight/messenger zoom issue (windows)

    Hey :)

    Had the same problem, and judging from most posts on various forums, this is a messenger issue. What i did to solve it is to dowload SplitCam :) I've just used it tonight, but it's working really good for me and solved the zoom issue right away :) seeing as it's freeware as well, this is a pretty good workaround... :) Just download, start the webcam/audio menu in messenger and choose the splitcam input instead of your Isight(USB webcam)... then start up SplitCam and choose the Isight(USB Webcam) as your source.... click video so that it's displayed in Splitcam, and it will broadcast to your messenger when you start a video converstation... :)

    Hope you get it to work :)

  16. killerdude77 macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2010
    problem with the isight cam in MSN on windows by bootcamp

    i checked out what is wrong here.
    it is for sure a problem with the driver from apple for the isight cam.
    i tested another cam on my macbook pro 15 inch with bootcamp and win7
    and that works perfectly, but when i select isight again i get zoomed in cam.
    that means Mac-soul tell's you with splitcam it will work. it doesnt...
    i also tested manycam, it works but it makes your frame drop
    from 30 frames per sec to 0,25 frame (1 frame every 4 sec).
    that is too slow to work with.
    if you run win on macbook pro use isight cam with zoom till boot camp update is drivers. till that time IF your home just use your old webcam for windows that will work perfectly.
  17. NathanCH macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2007
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Sorry to bump this old thread, but it seems like this issue is somewhat random. I have two Macs (iMac and Macbook). It has always worked perfectly on my Macbook, but on my iMac it use to be zoomed in, but now it doesn't work on MSN at all. It shows up in the Video settings, but when I try to webcam with someone, it wont let me.

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