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How to use USB webcams with iChat AV Apps

I saw these instructions today on MacBidouille, a French news site. Translation is as follows:

  1. Download the macam (free) or IOExperts (not free) drivers for your USB webcam.
  2. Test that you can get the webcam feed with another application (such as video viewer).
  3. Download and install Unsanity's Application Enhancer, if you don't already have it (you will need to relogin or reboot).
  4. Download and install the iChatUSBCam application enhancer module. Be sure to shut down iChat first.
  5. Start up iChat, and the camera icon should appear.
Both iChatAV and the iChatUSBCam module are noted as public beta, and so should be expected to not work on all installations, to stop working altogether at inconvenient times, or cease to function after an update to one or the other.
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How to use USB webcams with iChat AV
Authored by: bluehz on Jul 15, '03 11:43:09AM

Sheesh - another "APE" (application enhancer) item. Can't we all just get along and get rid of the whole APE system!!! Nothing but trouble!!!!!



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How to use USB webcams with iChat AV
Authored by: crarko on Jul 15, '03 01:41:40PM

I tried this and it does work as advertised. Also the iChatUSB software allows it to work on a G3 below 600 mHz. In my case a G3/350.

After using this I can see why Apple set the minimum requirements they did. But I'm quite impressed it worked at all, and came away with a macam driver for a previously unsupported camera.



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How to use USB webcams with iChat AV
Authored by: sderman on Jul 15, '03 07:22:55PM

Wow, this works. They only catch was I had to reboot my machine, and then enable the camera in iChat (under the video menu).

I've got this working with a PenCam ($5 from eBay) and a PB G3500.

The real test comes later when I can try it with my father.



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How to use USB webcams with iChat AV
Authored by: kolt siewerts on Jul 15, '03 09:11:39PM

works great with my philips to-u-cam, but the microphone is deactivated. does anybody have the same problem?



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How to use USB webcams with iChat AV
Authored by: stuup on Jul 18, '03 03:44:47AM
I get this sometimes.
If you're getting it all the time it might be something you need to change in your sound preferences


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How to use USB webcams with iChat AV
Authored by: Zobor on Jul 16, '03 09:19:52AM

Followed the instructions. iChat crashed every time I started it up. Went to prefferences and unchecked "Open iChat when camera is turned on" which seemed to fix the problem (must have conflicted with iPhotos desire to do the same).



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How to use logitech quickcam pro with iChat AV
Authored by: tensai on Jul 17, '03 02:55:08AM

I am using a quickCam Pro, but ichat AV is not recognizing it. MacCam recognizes it just fine. Any idea what might be amiss? The APE was already installed before i started any of my attempt to get video chat going.



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Aiptek webcam with iChat AV
Authored by: mclbruce on Jul 18, '03 08:29:35PM

After installing APE and iChatUSBCam my Aiptek Mini Pencam 1.3 works with iChat AV. I have the macam driver installed as well.

I connected with someone who used Apple's camera. They were on DSL, and I'm on Cable. They noticed that my frame rate was very low - the picture they received from me was not smooth. I had no problems receiving their picture.

Sound was fine both ways, I used an old Apple PlainTalk mic attached to my Power Mac G4/400.

All in all it was a very positive experience. Since I already own the camera I'm into videoconferencing for no additional cost. The Aiptek makes a nice little "second camera" if you have OS X and use the macam drivers.



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How to use USB webcams with iChat AV
Authored by: kevinjamessmith on Oct 28, '06 05:52:28PM

This tip worked for me as written with one catch: I needed to reboot after installing the iChatUSBCam software to get iChat AV to properly display the video input.



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How to use USB webcams with iChat AV
Authored by: MrMadnutz on Apr 10, '07 04:52:30PM

Awesome... works great with a Creative NX Pro leftover from my PC. Thanks for the tip.



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How to use USB webcams with iChat AV
Authored by: jonuthin on Apr 24, '07 06:48:33PM

I have 10.4.9 on a powerbook G3 400MHz (firewire) and didn't need the APE... I just installed macam and iChatUSBCam and my webcam worked just fine. Webcam is one of the old che-ez snap pencams I just happened to find in some old pc parts boxes.

The webcam itself is slow and choppy even plugged into a USB 2.0 slot, and if I remember right it didnt run that great when it was new with the drivers that came with it. iChat recognized the camera and showed vid on my end but, I had nobody in my friends list that was online to test the broadcast quality.

basically if you are using an old usb camera chances are the video will be choppy as the cameras themselves weren't as advanced then as they are now.

iChatUSBCam has a 7 day free demo version so you aren't obligated until you know for sure that it will work for you.



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