Run 2 webcams at the same time?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by billytheking, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. billytheking, Aug 14, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2012

    billytheking macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2012
    First of all my name's Billy. Im trying to figure out how to run two webcams at the same time on my imac. Im running mountain lion osx 10.8. Im using this cool application called icam( to keep an eye on my bedroom which is why i want to run two webcams.

    FYI, Ive experimented a little and it seems like i can run the built in isight on facetime and then when i try to run the additional webcam on photobooth it doesnt work.

    I read somewhere that it is an issue with the usb bus?
    (Whats the usb bus and can i change it???)
    Any software/work arounds to be able to do it?
  2. brand, Aug 14, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2012

    brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006

    [EDIT]After reading some of the documentation for SecuritySpy they only recommend a single USB camera because the video from it is uncompressed and comes close to saturating the USB.
  3. billytheking thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2012

    So i figured it out. For some weird reason the usb port that i had plugged my webcam into was showing the webcam but not able to play both. If you are facing your imac, and reach your hand around to the back of the iMac. I used the usb port to the right (if facing the imac from the rear its the far left) and it worked.

    Thanks everybody

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