Webcam as mic for Mac mini?

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

  1. macdot macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2005
    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


    Oct 9, 2007
    Palm Springs, CA
    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

    Oct 22, 2005
  4. Jacquesass macrumors regular

    May 6, 2003
    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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