Using an external cam in Leopard's Photo Booth?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by killaudio, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. killaudio macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2007
    Hello, sorry if this has been asked before!

    I would like to use an external FireWire camcorder with Photo Booth's new video effects. (Chromakeying on the cheap!) The Leopard specs page seems to indicate this is possible, but I can't find a preference pane or anything that lets me choose which camera to use. I'm using a MacBook Pro, with the built-in iSight.

    Here's the specs page:

    "Photo Booth requires an iSight camera (built-in or external), USB video class (UVC) camera, or FireWire DV camcorder; and an Intel or PowerPC G5 processor. Backdrop effects require an Intel Core Duo or faster processor. Backdrop effects when using a DV camcorder require fixed focus, exposure, and white balance."

    It would be great if they would port these over to iMovie or something, but this seems to be my only shot. Any help would be appreciated!
  2. DocMacPS macrumors newbie


    Oct 9, 2007
    Palm Springs, CA
    Faking Out PhotoBooth & iSight

    A workaround is discussed in the FAQ page at -- Since PhotoBooth doesn't have any preferences per-se, you have to fake it out by putting the built-in iSight webcam IN USE by another video chat application that lets you select a camera source FIRST - then launch Photobooth. If the built-in iSight is busy, then PBooth should grab the next available camera source - your FireWire one.

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