Apr 27 2009
With the coming of iChat AV, webcams are finally finding their place atop Macs everywhere. Though video chat has been around for years, iChat AV only works with newer Macs. In this episode we’ll look at some valuable webcam freeware.
For those of you with unsupported USB webcams or G3 processors, this “application enhancer” enables you to use iChat AV with video. To use it you’ll need to download and install Unsanity’s Application Enhancer (or APE).
This open-source project provides a generic QuickTime video component driver for your webcam in addition to a viewer application that can capture stills and video from your camera. It’s in early development, so it’s not perfect but for older webcams in OS X it may be all there is.
Don’t tell Steve, but Apple wasn’t the first to bring video chat to OS X. Yahoo’s Instant Messenger is a good alternative if you can’t run iChat AV. The video quality isn’t that of iChat, but it works well in OS X and 9.
I hope this week’s tools have been useful. Now get out there and show yourself to the world. You might want to do something about that hair…
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