Webcam as mic for Mac mini?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by macdot, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. macdot macrumors 6502

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    If I get a webcam for my Mac mini, will I be able to use its built in microphone for audio chats in iChat? It is a UVC camera so it should be supported for video, if that matters for the situation.
     
  2. DocMacPS macrumors newbie

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    Mac Webcams With Built-In Microphone

    Yes, iChat - and really any other audio app can just be set to use a webcams built-in mic as a USB audio input source. It'd really recommend SoundMenu which is a great menu bar utility for easy access to in and out-put sources.

    If you haven't gotten a UVC web camera yet, check for some good choices at this Mac Compatible Webcam site. Most midrange - and all high-end cameras include a mic. Avoid something like the low-end crappy MacAlly IceCam2 - not only is its image lousy, but it's microphone is just NASTY and HARSH sounding.
     
  3. macdot thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. Jacquesass macrumors regular

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    You could also try to track down an original iSight Firewire camera. Excellent noise-canceling microphones built-in, everything runs off of Firewire 400.
     

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