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Use the iMac's built-in iSight with iMovie Apps
The iSight camera built into the new iMac cannot be used with iMovie ... or can it?

It seems Apple has simply disabled this, as you can enable it with this trick:
  1. Plug in a FireWire camcorder and open iMovie.
  2. Switch to record mode, as if you are going to import from the camcorder.
  3. Unplug your FireWire camcorder from your iMac.
iMovie will now show the video from your USB iSight, and you can record from the iSight. I'm not sure why Apple disabled this, as it seems to work just fine.
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Use the iMac's built-in iSight with iMovie
Authored by: zpjet on Dec 22, '05 08:54:46AM

oh is the built-in iSight a USB device? interesting...



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Use the iMac's built-in iSight with iMovie
Authored by: tzeilstra on Dec 22, '05 09:08:58AM

So the next prize goes to someone who can tell us how to use the built-in camera without having a external firewire digital video camera...



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Use the iMac's built-in iSight with iMovie
Authored by: Guy G4 on Dec 26, '05 12:17:46AM

Are you sure it is an usb device ??
I would say no...
If it was, i'm not sure it could work with the actual version of ichat (i mean without a few tweaks in the code). Plus photobooth... Actually i'm almost positive it is not usb. Talking of photoboot made me realize it. To use it you need a firewire camera.



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Use the iMac's built-in iSight with iMovie
Authored by: wiley1 on Dec 26, '05 05:34:34AM

It appears the built in iSight is USB.
From the system profilerů
Hub:

Version: 0.01
Bus Power (mA): 500
Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec
Product ID: 0x2503
Vendor ID: 0x0424

Built-in iSight:

Version: 1.20
Bus Power (mA): 500
Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec
Manufacturer: Micron
Product ID: 0x8501
Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Computer, Inc.)

IR Receiver:

Version: 0.64
Bus Power (mA): 500
Speed: Up to 12 Mb/sec
Manufacturer: Apple Computer, Inc.
Product ID: 0x8240
Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Computer, Inc.)



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Use the iMac's built-in iSight with iMovie
Authored by: Guy G4 on Dec 26, '05 11:41:02AM

OK apparently it is USB2 !! Sorry ;)
So it means that it is one more equipement that used to be in firewire in Apple machines that goes to USB 2... First the iPod, now the iSight... Some ppl are even saying that there won't be anymore FW on Macintels :(
Of course nothing official but that shows clearly a new strategy for Apple machines as far as equipement is concerned. And that's a shame !
I guess it is again for money... Don't get me wrong, i'm ok to pay less my next machine but when you know what "costs" USB compared to firewire in terms of processor ressources !! I definitely like FW much better... a few percents for FW opposed to 10 to 20% for USB...
Anyway, thx for the hint :)



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Use the iMac's built-in iSight with iMovie
Authored by: hazkid on Dec 22, '05 10:45:54AM

i was thinking of getting a new imac, but if you can't use the isight with imovie "right out of the box" i might not want it.

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Use the iMac's built-in iSight with iMovie
Authored by: mrscienceteach on Dec 22, '05 12:24:49PM

You would actually decide NOT to buy a G5 iMac just because iMovie can't ("out of the box") record from the camera?!?! First of all, there are tons of apps that will record video from the iSight (EvoCam and QT Pro, for example). Secondly, how many uses are there for recording what you are doing in front of your Mac? Keep in mind that you can't adjust the angle of the built-in iSight very much (or zoom at all).

Don't get me wrong, I love my iMac G5, but I use the iSight for grabbing fun pics of me and my family when we're posing (using PhotoBooth) and for video chatting (iChat AV, Adium, iSpQ). Perhaps if I needed to record a video will and testament (or suicide note), I might be upset about the iMovie issue. Oh wait, I forgot about homemade porn.



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Use the iMac's built-in iSight with iMovie
Authored by: hazkid on Dec 23, '05 04:09:52AM

thats not the only reason. if apple comes out with a intel dual-layer superdrive media center mac mini @ macworld.........

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Use the iMac's built-in iSight with iMovie
Authored by: mrscienceteach on Dec 22, '05 12:27:02PM

EvoCam and Quicktime Pro both allow you to record from the iSight without any work-arounds.



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Use the iMac's built-in iSight with iMovie
Authored by: cheesy9999 on Dec 22, '05 03:25:46PM

This kinda defeats the purpose...if you have a DV video camerea why don't you just use that?



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Use the iMac's built-in iSight with iMovie
Authored by: lilgto64 on Jan 24, '07 12:48:52PM

And for how long does that work?

If you logout or reboot or even close iMovie - will it still work - or do you need to plug in the camera every time?



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