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Webcam Settings 2.3
Webcam Settings 2.3 Focus Adjustment Webcam Settings 2.3 Exposure Time Adjustment
Webcam Settings 2.3 Saturation Adjustment Webcam Settings 2.3 White Balance Adjustment


Webcam Settings

Quickly customize your webcam's settings while using FaceTime, Photo Booth or Skype on your Mac.

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Webcam Settings allows you to adjust settings including the exposure time, contrast, saturation, and white balance temperature for your webcam, whether it’s a Built-in iSight, a more recent FaceTime/FaceTime HD Camera or an external USB webcam.

Features
  • True hardware level control of your webcam.
  • View changes in Real-time to your video as you move sliders and change other settings.
  • Fully plug-and-play; Webcam Settings, automatically recognizes your USB webcam when it’s connected to your Mac.
  • Automatically identifies various settings that your webcam supports.
  • Feel free to try any different settings as “Reset to Default” button brings back original settings from your camera.
  • Works with almost every video or photo app such as Photo Booth, FaceTime, iMovie, Skype, iStopMotion, Wirecast, Sparkbooth, GoToMeeting, WebEx,  Jabber, Flash based webcam app and many others.
Supported Settings (varies between cameras)
  • Auto-Exposure Mode
  • Exposure Time
  • Gain
  • Aperture
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Hue
  • Saturation
  • Sharpness
  • Gamma
  • White Balance Temperature
  • Power Line Frequency (anti-flicker)
  • Backlight Composition
Advanced Settings (Only Microsoft LifeCam Studio, Cinema, Logitech HD Webcam C525, C615, C910 and C920 support Zoom, Pan and Tilt, please check for camera support.)
  • Focus
  • Zoom
  • Pan
  • Tilt
* Webcam Settings support UVC (USB Video Class) webcam only; FireWire camera such as external iSight is not supported.
* Your USB webcam must be working on your Mac properly (function normally with FaceTime, iChat/Messages, and Skype) before it can be used with Webcam Settings.

What's new in version 2.3
  • Add "Update Profile" button in "Profile Management" section.
  • Fix an issue where multiple profiles with the same name may be listed in the menu.
Webcam Settings 2.3 Add "Update Profile" button in "Profile Management" section

What's new in version 2.2
  • Add LED activity light control for most of the Logitech webcam models.
Webcam Settings 2.2 LED activity light control with Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920

What's new in version 2.1
  • Fixed brightness and hue control issue on certain camera models.

What's new in version 2.0

General Improvements
  • Brand new app icon and menubar icon.
  • User can now switch between cameras and presets from the menubar icon, use Webcam Settings without even open settings panel.
  • User can now hide the menubar icon, let Webcam Settings run in the background and only brings up settings panel when needed.
Webcam Settings 2.0 new menubar features
Camera Specific Improvements
  • Add support for FaceTime HD Camera on MacBook Air 2013, a new generation of Apple's built-in webcam totally different then any previous model. It supports Exposure Time, Brightness, Contract, Hue, Saturation and Sharpness controls and one new Noise Reduction control.
  • Add customization code to handle non-standard "Exposure Time" control on Creative VF0610 Live! Cam Socialize HD.
  • Add customization code to enable non-standard "Manual Focus" control on HP Webcam HD 5210.
Webcam Settings 2.0 basic settings for FaceTime HD Camera on MacBook Air 2013
Webcam Settings 2.0 advanced settings for FaceTime HD Camera on MacBook Air 2013
You can check previous post for more details about the new FaceTime HD Camera on MacBook Air 2013.

151 comments:

  1. I have a Agant V5 full HD webcam
    Your app does not work with photo booth !
    The Zoom does not work !
    Focus does not work ! o one advanced settings work with the Isight or the external webcam !
    What does that mean ? Help me please
    I am waiting on your answer

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  2. The camera hardware itself is the one actually decides what settings it can support.

    Webcam Settings communicates with the camera to find out supported control on the camera and enables those controls on the UI.

    iSight and FaceTime/FaceTime HD does not support focus, zoom, pan and tilt. I personally have 3 cameras support these controls - Microsoft LifeCam Studio, Logitech HD Webcam C615 and Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910; all 3 are true HD 1080P camera.

    Looks like only high-end cameras support these controls and your Agent V5 full HD seems to be a high-end camera with comparable spec. I am sorry you cannot use these controls on your camera. If you decide not to use Webcam Settings, can you ask Apple to refund? If you have trouble asking Apple to refund, please email me at mactaris[at]mac.com and we can work out some way.

    I will try to make this situation more clear to customers in my product descriptions (and try not to alarm Apple review guys by mentioning Microsoft product on Mac App Store :)

    Hope I answered your question, and let me know if you need any further assistance.

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    1. Yes your are wright and thanks for post a good topic . your post is

      top most in realated post of The camera hardware itself is the one actually decides what settings it can support.

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  3. Hi, I am looking to get this as it is likely going to be saving me a good 89 bucks that I just spent last week on a new Logitech webcam, which, after purchasing, I realized doesn't offer any more manual control than my Microsoft Cinema. Does this app support the camera in widescreen mode? I will purchase this software regardless of whether or not it does, because while my webcam works it is overexposed and Microsoft isn't nice enough to make or software for iOS, I was just wondering.

    Also, I figured you were the best person to ask, do you have any clue why it seems that virtually no one just flat out offers webcams with manual controls for macs? I recently transferred over from Windows for school and I've been absolutely astounded that things that I thought were just... standard to include (like exposure and focus, on my Lifecam Cinema). Thanks so much for contributing this product. It's simple, to the point, and just what I need.

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  4. Victoria, I will try my best to answer your questions. You know I am just a developer which happens to know a bit more about USB Cameras because I have been involved with several clients developing different types of USB cameras. Please take my answer as personal opinions.

    First of all, Webcam Settings provides manual settings for UVC cameras. Settings means video quality control like brightness, contrast these kinds of things. It also provides other advanced control such as focus, zoom, pan and tilt on some hi-end cameras.

    The Widescreen mode you are talking about is video streams coming out of the camera, which is not under the scope of Webcam Settings. The reason is your video app or webcam app is actually the one, which is receiving video streams from the webcam. That app generally controls what kind of video formats and size it wants handle to produce a still image, a video recording or simply video previews user sees on the screen.

    It is actually possible for Webcam Settings to try to manipulate video format or size from outside the webcam app. Problem is the webcam app may not be able to accept and handle different format or size of video stream. I am still thinking of a better way to help people deal with this issue. One possibility is for me to develop a video recording app and support format/size switch inside this app. I actually have a prototype of such an app but am facing some tough decisions and haven’t made any yet.

    Your second question a big one that makes all of us wonders why all the time. On the very surface, Logitech will tell you it’s Apple’s fault not providing any manual control over Apple supplied UVC camera driver. All those cameras we can buy on the market that can be plug to a Mac and just work without install any driver is because Apple preinstalled a standard UVC camera driver inside OS X. This driver is based on a new architecture and the new architecture has been in development for several years and not quite complete yet. My guess is Apple will eventually provide general camera settings when the new architecture is more completed. But Apple been Apple, they don’t like to release immature functions until everything is well though thru. Even this means several years of waiting for users and developers.

    In more technical terms, Apple is transiting from 20 years old QuickTime architecture (Audio/Video technology standards on Mac) to a more modern, object oriented architecture. In the mean time they are transiting from 32bit world to 64bit world. Plus take in count iOS is part of the plan that in needs and ultimately affects the whole transition process.

    There are too much to talk about on this topic. Hope my “brief answer” gives you some idea of the whole situation.

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    1. Thank you Mactaris for your thorough and thoughtful replies to our questions! Amazing customer service for a free product. I for one seriously appreciate it.

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  5. Hi again! Thanks for your response, by the way, it really helped. I purchased this app today and it worked great, did exactly what I wanted it to do, then after I quit it for the first time, it wont reopen. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling it. Have you encountered this before, or do you have any basic steps I can go through to try and restore it? It worked great, but after I quit it once it must have had its feelings hurt because it wont start up again.

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    1. Hi Victoria

      Were you able to get a wide angle out of your Logitech camera using the application ?

      Thanks

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  6. Sorry, I figured it out. It took me three hours to realize that that icon was up there. Chalk that up to me being stupid. Anyways, thanks again for the great app.

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  7. Unable to find the app in the store . . . Where is it available?

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    1. Was able to find it!!!

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  8. Why don't so many of the settings work? Hue, Saturation, and white balance are not working.

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    1. If your webcam does not support Hue, Saturation and White Balance, they will be disabled. Can you tell me which webcam you are using?

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  10. worked great for 5 min until I noticed that the picture would darken upon launching another application so I would have to adjust the settings every time. If it helps I am trying to get it to work with Logitech c510 and i do use flash as well.skype and FaceTime etc. hope u fix soon as its a good app for those like me without the patience for stuff like uvc-ctrl or other line command options.

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    1. Apps like FaceTime, Photo Booth and QuickTime Player are using newer technology and they seems play nicely with other app. They will not reset the webcam when launch.
      Apps like Skype using older technology will reset the webcam when launch. This behavior probably cannot be changed by Webcam Settings.

      Webcam Settings as and Mac App Store app, is required to be sandboxed since 1 June. This makes thing even more difficult.

      One way to help user deal with the reset issue is to add save presets function. This should allow users to load and apply pre-defined preset by a simple click. Although this is still a manual procedure, I hope it can be an acceptable solution for you.

      Please email me if you wish to discuss any further. I would very much like to come up with a good solution for this and may also need your help for pre-release testing.

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    2. Wanted to reply and say that presets seems like an excellent way to solve this! Would also be great for users like me who might use the camera in different lighting conditions and want to change things on the fly. For instance going from an incendescent lighted room to a sunlit room. Being able to just click a preset for this rather than manually set each variable would be great. So this would solve two issues if implemented.

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    3. Preset feature has been added since version 1.1, please let me know if there is something I can improve. Can you send me an email at mactaris@mac.com? Thanks.

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  11. Gents:

    You really should provide a free version that works for 24 hours or 5 launches or something like that. Sure its only 8 bucks but given the variety of camera's etc, I (and I suspect not a few others) simply aren't going to roll the dice on 8 bucks for something that may turn out to be a useless brick with their camera.

    I'd love to buy this. But not before I get a chance to see if it works for me.

    B

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    1. Good idea, I will think about how this can be done. Thank you very much.

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    2. yes. a trial would be great!! just a couple of uses to see if there are any compatibility problems.

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  12. I have a Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 that I used to use with my old PC. It is a great camera, and I would like to keep using it since it has 720p capability. Does your SW suport advanced settings (focus, zoom, pan etc.) with this camera?

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    1. Unfortunately Quickcam Pro 9000 does not have these advanced settings from its hardware. It seems like only full hd camera such as Microsoft LifeCam Studio, Logitech HD Webcam C615 and Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910/C920 supports these settings.

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  13. I just purchased Webcam settings, but it will not open at all (of course tried opening through Finder, via the icon, doubleclick, right click > Open, nothing. Tried opening both with and without a webcam app open (photobooth). No other issues with my Mac and never had this problem with any other Mac.

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    1. After downloaded "Webcam Settings", you should be able to find it in your "Applications" folder.
      You can double click on the icon to open it.

      After you open it, it will not show up on your Dock like other app.
      "Webcam Settings" will be running on your menubar as a small colorful icon and stays there.

      On the small colorful icon you can show/hide the "Webcam Settings Panel" and every settings is inside the panel.

      If you are still having problem opening the app, can you please send me an email? I will be able to respond faster with email.

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  14. I just bought this Great program, Thank you! I use it with the program, "Sparkbooth". It has greatly enhanced my photo booth business. I can now adjust my Logitech 910 webcam and get predictable results every time.

    I did notice one issue. After using the program for a about an hour (I don't know if this a time dependent issue.) the auto focus goes to infinity and everything in my booth is out of focus. The work around for me is that I go to manual focus, the inside of the booth is only 5'X5' so it works. But others might not be so lucky.

    Thanks,
    Ed

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    1. I am traveling in Spain and don't have the C910 with me now. WIll investigate this issue once I get home.
      I will contact you directly through email.

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  15. Great software!! I have the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema. I'm using it in a Hackintosh environment. It was so washed out in a bright room and I couldn't control the brightness. I didn't want spend for a compatible cam and tried some other softwares but nothing I tried worked. I found this on google and lo and behold it did everything I wanted to do and more!! It's worth every penny!!

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  16. i record video using the c910 on OS X Lion (and potentially Mountain Lion later) using QuickTime. Also, my camera is not recognized in iMovie although I would like it to be.
    Can Webcam Settings work with both of these applications and provide me with the full features listed here? I need to be able to control contrast, brightness, focus, basically all the functionalities of the Windows Logitech Webcam Software. Will Webcam Settings provide these settings for Quicktime and iMovie for the Logitech c910?

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    1. In my test C901 can be recognized by iMove '11 (version 9.0.8), and Webcam Settings allow you to adjust all supported settings while working with iMovie. QuickTime Player 7 and QuickTime Player are both OK too.

      Logitech C901 supports all settings listed here except Aperture, Hue and Gamma.

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    2. Thanks for your reply, but i had found it out earlier since I couldn't wait and purchased the software on the App Store. This software is a real lifesaver. The poor support of logitech for the Mac had rendered my c910 virtually useless. Then I found out about webcam settings on the logitech forums.i only wish you had written this software earlier.. It would've saved me a lot of frustration. If logitech has any sense at all the should probably acquire you and your software.

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  17. I have a Logitech C615, and it will only produce reversed images. I'm not sure why Logitech does this (I can guess), but it would be nice if we can also have an un-reversed image. Holding up something to the camera that contains text can be somewhat embarrassing. Photo Booth can reverse the image, but other apps cannot. I don't know if the C615 has a simple setting for this (and whether UVC can do it), but if it does, then that would be a very nice feature to have available.

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    1. Logitech C615 produce un-reversed images like all other cameras (tested with built-in iSight, Microsoft LifeCam Studio and other Logitech cameras). It's the software doing the reverse trick. In my test, normal app like QuickTime Player X, QuickTime Player 7 and my own test app. They all produce un-reversed images.

      Photo Booth, FaceTime, Skype and maybe others, they produce reversed images. I don't know why they choose to do it this way.

      I checked UVC specification and found no standard control for Mirror or Flip image settings. These are very advanced settings usually supplied by vendor specific Extension Unit or done be the driver in software manner.

      Webcam Settings is only an app and will not be able to provide this feature. Maybe you can consider iGalsses, it's a driver level solution and provide the mirror feature you need.

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  18. Hi There!

    I have a Logitech Quickcam Orbit AF, which has an awesome pan, tilt, and direction control on the Windows side, but I use my Mac for most video conferencing. I wanted a way to be able to control the actual camera while it's in use for video conferencing, so that I can pan around the room and look up and down if needed. Will the Webcam Settings App allow me to do this? Thanks!

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    1. Logitech Quickcam Orbit AF is not using standard UVC settings to control pan and tilt. It is using vendor specific Extension Units to control those settings.

      I was originally developing an app to control Logitech Quickcam Orbit AF; it does exactly what you want. But I cannot figure out a way to get it on Mac App Store. So I let the app sit in my HD for more than one year.

      Finally I decided to remove Orbit AF specific feature and it became Webcam Settings now.

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    2. D'oh! Figures, the one camera I would love for it to work on continues to give me headaches. If you ever do find a way to get the app out, or have a solution for the Orbit AF, I'd love to hear about it :)

      The app you have here is still great, even without the Orbit AF controls, nice work on putting together such a nice piece of software.

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    3. Would you send me an email at mactaris@mac.com so I can get in touch with you? If I can make the Orbit AF control app into a product I will definitely send you a copy.

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  19. This app looks like it really does what I need. Right now I use iGlasses 3 which works the same way and I really like it because settings are saved and it can be used as your default camera for FT, Photo Booth, Skype, etc. The one thing I hate about it is that it shoots photos and records in 640 x 426 resolution, whereas my built-in cam is 1080 x 720.

    So my first question is, does Webcam Settings dumb down the resolution of the built-in cam or does it retain HD quality? Are settings saved? And what is the difference between Site Control and Webcam Settings?

    I would really like to purchase this but if it does happen to be less of what I've been looking for, I wouldn't be too happy. I wish there was some kind of trial or free version to test it out.

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    1. 1. Webcam Settings does not affect camera resolutions. You don't need to choose other video source; all video apps work the way they are now. Webcam Settings is intended to work like sliders and buttons equipped on the camera itself, change these settings simply affect the "quality" of your video.

      2. Currently version 1.0 does not support save settings. Version 1.1 will support this feature and it will be in beta soon. If you would send me an email at mactaris@mac.com, I will include you in my beta tester list.

      3. Sight Control supports Apple's built-in cameras only and Webcam Settings supports all UVC cameras. In your case you will need Webcam Settings.

      Sorry there is no trial or demo version yet. Right now I am devoting all my time developing the new version, after version 1.1 is completed I will come back to make a demo version.

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  20. Will the settings work for flash based webcam chatrooms? the lifecam studio appears but as others is washed out.

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    1. Yes, Webcam Settings works with Flash based webcam app.

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  21. Greetings

    Will Webcam Settings work with Creative Live Cam Socialize 1080? If yes, will the app also play nice with iStopMotion software? Stopmotion is impossible without manual controls, so I really hope your app will work with my webcam.
    Any help greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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    1. Took a gamble and bought the app. And yes, it works fine with the Creative Live Cam :-)

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    2. Sorry for my late reply. I was shopping around for a Creative Live Cam but can't find it anywhere. Looks like they are not selling it here in Taiwan. Would you let me know what controls are supported on your Creative Live Cam?

      For iStopMotion, they actually have a great article about Webcam Settings,
      http://www.boinx.com/chronicles/2012/8/31/take-control-over-your-webcam/

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  22. Any chance of making this available outside the app store? Any love for older OS (10.5.8)?
    I've got a dev machine frozen in time because it's supporting old software. Would love to use this on that machine if that's at all possible.

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    1. Technically Webcam Settings can support 10.5.8, I will look into other sales channels. But this probably won't happen very soon. Would you send me an email at mactaris@mac.com so I can notify you when it's available?

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  23. Hey,

    just bought webcam settings in the app store, it opened immediately after the installation. But since then I can't open it any more... what to do?

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    1. After downloaded "Webcam Settings", you should be able to find it in your "Applications" folder.
      You can double click on the icon to open it.

      After you open it, it will not show up on your Dock like other app.
      "Webcam Settings" will be running on your menubar as a small colorful icon and stays there.

      On the small colorful icon you can show/hide the "Webcam Settings Panel" and every settings is inside the panel.

      If you are still having problem opening the app, you please send me an email at mactaris@mac.com. I will be able to respond faster with email.

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  24. Hi Mactaris,

    Just bought the app to get my C920 running with Istopmotion. Unfortunately my experience is it to be is really "buggy". The only thing that's "working" for me now is "Manual Focus" and "Power Line frequency". Except when i hide the panel, then it suddenly wants to autofocus again.

    From within Istopmotion the saturation, brightness, contrast and sharpness DO work? But not from the "Webcam Settings" panel, it does nothing.

    I expected a little less trouble, because people like 8thNote say it works like a charm!?

    Hope version 1.1 will solve this, cause for now i can't use it at all for what i bought it for. Focus, exposure and whitebalance have to be manual and stable for stopmotion. They aren't...

    Thanks
    Niek

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    1. Dear Niek,

      I am not sure why you experienced these issues with C920 and iStopMotion.

      Even Boinx Software (the maker of iStopMotion) has a great article on their website talking about how to use Webcam Settings.

      Take Control Over Your Webcam
      http://www.boinx.com/chronicles/2012/8/31/take-control-over-your-webcam/

      I think they are using C910. I have both C910 and C920 and they both work with Webcam Settings.
      Can you send me an email at mactaris@mac.com so we can discuss in details? Thanks.

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  25. I'm using a mac book pro with the Logitech C920. Imovie did not sense the Logitech camera. I down loaded the webcam settings app and I can now control the various camera settings, but imovie still does not recognize the camera. A friend of mine came up with a work around using quicktime. Seems the camera is recognized by quicktime and photobooth, but not imovie. Here is the work around...

    Make sure you camera is on first.
    Open quicktime 7 (This is the version I'm using)
    GOTO File
    Click on New Movie Record, whcih brings up the Quick time recording window.
    Open Web Cam Settings. Should be able to adjust contrast etc.
    Hit Record. Save to your desktop
    Open imovie.
    GOTO File
    Click Import Movies and load just recorded clip into Imovie for editing.

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    1. Thank you very much for sharing your experiences with iMovie.

      Today I released a small utility for Webcam Settings users to enable external USB UVC camera support in iMovie. Please click the "Webcam Settings and iMovie" tab on the top to check it out.

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  26. Good day buddy.
    I was woundering if you would be adding support for
    Logitech Broadcaster webcam.

    Since it's a wifi webcam it isn't supported out of the box

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    1. Dear Thomas,

      I am afraid that's not possible. Logitech Broadcaster webcam is not an UVC camera. It's controlled by Logitech's custom made driver.

      Unlike other Logitech UVC cameras which are controlled by Apple's UVC class driver, Logitech has full control over Broadcaster webcam. There is no reason why they cannot provide camera settings for this product on Mac.

      One of my client has a similar wireless camera which I built driver for. They do support camera settings through app -> custom made driver -> wireless module ->the camera hardware. And the camera settings support is part of the product plan in the beginning with. I would expect Logitech to do the same while planning their Mac specific product...

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  27. Looks like a great app!! I was just wondering...

    Is apple store the only purchase option?

    Also, is there a trial version? I don't see why it wouldn't work but I'm using a hackintosh with a logicool/logitech c910. It should be fine but it would be nice to try it before asking my wife for more money :)

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    1. Sorry there is currently no other purchase option or a trial yet.

      I have a link here which may give you some information :)
      http://www.tonymacx86.com/desktop-compatibility/69235-webcam-mountain-lion.html

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  28. Sorry, but Webcam doesn't seem to recognize my external FW400 Apple iSight. If I am doing something wrong please advise, if not can I get a refund?

    -Brad Dye

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    1. Sorry, Webcam Settings doesn't support external firewire iSight. I will email you about refund details.

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  29. My Facetime HD camera with my macbook air is not allowing me to control zoom... main reason I purchased this app. Am I missing something? Or can I get a refund if it's not supported?

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    1. Sorry, FaceTime HD camera does not support zoom from it's hardware. Please check this link for how to get a refund from App Store.

      http://gizmodo.com/5886683/how-to-get-a-refund-from-the-app-store

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  30. hi, I just bought and installed this from the App store and after some basic trials the program won't open/launch anymore. Have tried restarting my computer, relaunching Finder, doesn't help.

    I was wondering if uninstalling and reinstalling the program might help, but I can't find anything from the App store on how to do this. Now can I find a troubleshooting or support section on your website. Can you help?

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    1. After downloaded "Webcam Settings", you should be able to find it in your "Applications" folder.
      You can double click on the icon to open it.

      After you open it, it will not show up on your Dock like other app.
      "Webcam Settings" will be running on your menubar as a small colorful icon and stays there.

      On the small colorful icon you can show/hide the "Webcam Settings Panel" and every settings is inside the panel.

      If you are still having problem opening the app, can you please send me an email? I will be able to respond faster with email.

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  31. If I am broadcasting through wirecast using 4 logitech c920s, will I be able to use this app to control the camera settings individually for each one?

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    1. Yes, you can control each camera individually. I found one user with similar configuration posted his using of Webcam Settings in this link (sorry in Japanese).
      http://twitpic.com/a3p1o3

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    2. Awesome, thanks for quick response, I'll definitely be purchasing this app!

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  32. Hi,

    I just downloaded your app to use the Logitech C920 webcam in my mac. It works perfectly with QuickTime, but I would like to use it with adobe flash player.
    But my webcam does not appear in the list flash player displays. Flash only recognizes my integrated camera.

    Does your app works with adobe flash player?

    Thank you for your help.

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    1. Several users confirmed to me that Webcam Settings works with Flash based app.

      Can you test your C920 on this Test Webcam site?
      http://www.testwebcam.com

      Please email me at mactaris@mac.com if you are still have issues. Thanks.

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  33. Hello,
    I use Webcam Settings on my iMac i5 with OSX 10.7 to control a Liquid Digital aGent V6 and it works perfectly.
    Is there an older version like 1.0 that could run on OSX 10.5.8 (my older iMac I need not to upgrade) ?
    If yes, where can I purchase it ?
    Thank you.
    Chris

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    1. It is possible to provide a version that supports Mac OS X 10.5. But I am currently busy adding new features to the existing App Store version. Can you send me an email so I can notify you once I have time to release a 10.5 compatible version? Thanks.

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  34. Hi,

    I just found & purchased WebCam Settings. What a great app! Thanks.

    I used to use iGlasses for similar manual control but I'm switching over to WebCam Settings. I have a Logitech C910 and will soon get a C920. Hopefully I can use them both.

    Would like to mention one app I use together with yours: CamTwist (free). One problem I've had with webcams is image size/resolution. The Logitech cams are terrific hardware and are capable of very high resulution, e.g. 1080p 1920 x 1080. Often this is more than desired. Here's where CamTwist helps out. In CamTwist you can choose a different resolution such as 1280x720 (720p) or 720x480 (480p at 3:2 aspect ratio). This reduces the amount of data (and increases frame rates) for streaming (e.g. Google+ Hangouts) or recording video. (I like Debut for recording video - not too complicated, not too expensive.)

    I'm not associated with CamTwist in any way. It's just something I found some time back while scouring the web. It does lots of other things and can be a little confusing to use & set up, but by offering that one image size/resolution choice it's well worth the trouble. And together with WebCam Settings for manual focus control, etc. it's a great combination.

    I don't know if you could get similar image size/resolution control into a future version of WebCam Settings. If so, your app would then do everything I need on a Mac webcam app!

    My setup is OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 on a fairly zippy hackintosh system (Intel I3 3+GHz, 8 GB RAM, GeForce GTS 250 Graphics).

    -Tim aka NixieToob

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  35. Does *webcam settings* support Snow Leopard ? Is the App store the only place to buy ? Thanks and best to you 99guspuppet

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    1. Yes, Webcam Settings supports Snow Leopard. Currently it's available only on the Mac App Store. Thank you for your interest in my app :)

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  36. Hi,

    I'm using Webcam Settings with two cams simultaneously - a Logitech C910 and a C920. This works because the cams are plugged into separate USB busses (not just separate ports). The busses are both listed as "USB High-Speed Bus" (i.e. USB 2.0) on Snow Leopard's 'System Profiler.' I switch between the cams using the app CamTwist.

    Your Webcam Settings app works nicely & stores the settings for both cams, even when they're different. To adjust settings I switch from one to the other with the popup menu at the top of your Webcam Settings Panel. Right now both cams read "Logitech Camera" in the popup menu. I have to remember which one is in the first & second position to select that camera & change settings.

    So, a welcome change would be if these two cams were identified differently in the popup menu. Thanks for the great app!.

    -Tim aka NixieToob

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    1. Good point! I will make this change in the next version. May I ask you to leave a review on the Mac App Store? Thank you very much.

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    2. You bet. Be glad to leave a review!

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  37. This looks like a great app, and I just downloaded it. I was surprised to find that it doesn't support camera pan/tilt on the Logitech QuickCam Orbit AF. The camera has those capabilities and they are supported under Windows. Is there any plan to support this? Or do you have any other suggestions for controlling the pan/tilt on the camera with a Mac?

    Thanks!

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    1. Logitech Quickcam Orbit AF is not using standard UVC settings to control pan and tilt. It is using vendor specific Extension Units to control those settings.

      I am working on a specific app to support Logitech QuickCam Orbit AF.

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  38. This is a great app for my C920. Thanks..謝謝! I use this app with Wriest and it gives my C920 a second life. 我覺得我的C920復活啦! Thanks again. I live and work in Taiwan and I hope you understood my so so Chinese.

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  39. Trying to use Webcam settings on my 2013 Macbook Air. It opens fine but crashes immediately when I try to adjust any setting.

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    1. Looks like Apple has changed webcam in 2013 MacBook Air. Can you send me an email at mactaris@mac.com so I can update you on the support status? Thank you very much.

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  40. Hello Mactaris :)

    I'm interested in this app, but i really need it to work with Syphon. http://syphon.v002.info/

    Be waiting for our reply,
    Thanks

    Cheers, Pedro

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    1. I am not really sure how Webcam Settings should work with Syphon, Webcam Settings communicate with camera through USB bus and is not using any GPU related stuff. There shouldn't be any problem for both working together. Can you send me an email so we can discuss in details? Thank you very much.

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  41. LOVE this product, however I'm having one small problem. I have multiple Logitech C920's plugged into my machine and Wirecast recognizes them both. However, Webcam Settings only seems to see 1 of them. Is there anyway to get Webcam Settings to see and control both of the cameras? Cheers, and thanks for a great program!

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    1. You know what... never mind. Once I rebooted my iMac it recognized all the webcams. Thank you again, I don't know how I'd survive the show we're doing without your amazing program!

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  42. The preset feature doesn't handle name collisions. It lets you save presets with the same name as existing ones, and then gets them confused. Deleting presets is also confused by this situation.

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    1. I though the name collisions is handled in my code... will double check and fix it in the next version, thank you for reminds me of this problem.

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  43. After the 2.1 update I can't seem to get Webcam Settings to work with Photo Booth. I have a Logitech 920 camera on a MacMini. The tilt and pan work a little in PB, but the zoom doesn't work at all . . . I thought it used to work, but maybe not? Works in skype and Facetime, but not Photobooth . . . Suggestions?

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    1. The Zoom, Pan and Tilt function on C920 is actually tight to its resolution. Please check this webpage,
      http://mactaris.blogspot.tw/2012/05/logitech-hd-pro-webcam-c920.html

      At maximum resolution (1920 x 1080), C920 only allows zoom values of 100 ~ 120. In this situation Pan and Tilt ranges are really small and maybe not noticeable.
      If you use C920 in FaceTime, you will notice the zoom range is wider. Pan and Tilt ranges are also wider in this app.

      I am thinking of adding a preview window in Webcam Settings which allows users to change camera resolution. The zoom, pan and tilt functions will be more noticeable in different resolutions.

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  44. Also, the "Subscribe by email" link (below this box) gives an error message . . .

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    1. Thanks for your tip, I will ask google and see if they can help fix this error.

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  45. Mactaris. I use a ASUS monitor with my MBP laptop. The USB camera in the monitor is supposed to be PNP for Mac, but it is not. Web posts show many mac owners have the same problem. In sum, there is no reliable / complete camera driver in Mac OSX to run the camera properly.

    One current solution is a combination of software CamTwist and/or iGlasses. For me, neither solution is great...

    I wonder if WebCam settings **could** serve as the driver of sorts.

    Before I purchased, I wonder if you have any experience with either this issue or anything similar that might prompt me to buy this? I know this is a toughie to answer so feel free to punt, but I thought it worth a try.

    Thx

    John

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  46. Thanks for making this application.i see that it supports the lifecam studio wich i use when i record and go live doing my dj mixing.i can now disable auto focus!!!!.i added this to my amazon wishlist.soon i'll be buying it.thanks!!!!

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  47. Hi, just purchased this app. Worked great first time but it won't start 2nd time round? Rebooted mac, same issue. Tried deleting the app to reinstall it yet my mac tells me the app can't be trashed because it's currently open (it's definately not). Please can you help?

    Thanks

    Darren

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    1. Can you check the FAQ page for the FAQ #1 and see if it answered your question? If it's still not working, please email me at mactaris@mac.com. Thank you very much.

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  48. hi, I have installed on my Mac OS X 10.8.5 , the Logitech HD Webcam W 910 and now I can not open the app webcam settings? ?

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    1. Can you check the FAQ page for the FAQ #1 and see if it answered your question? If it's still not working, please email me at mactaris@mac.com. Thank you very much.

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  49. Hi, sorry I didn't find a better place to ask my question..
    My camera (Microsoft Lifecam Cinema) doesnt work on mac mini (mac os 10.6.8) . I tried macam app but it didnt help.. Will "Web cam settings" solve my problem.. i.e. make my cam work on mac
    Thanks!!!

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    1. Microsoft LifeCam Cinema should work on a Mac by default without any driver. Please send me an email so I can help you identify where is the problem. Thanks.

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  50. Just bought this App on recommendation of the macuser forum.
    Doesn't work for me.
    Cannot make a clear photo of my driving license.

    How do I get my money back?

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    1. May I ask you to check this link for how to get a refund from App Store?
      http://gizmodo.com/5886683/how-to-get-a-refund-from-the-app-store
      If you have trouble getting refund from Apple, please send me an email.
      Thanks.

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  51. Does this work using Google Hangouts? I need to be able to adjust my exposure and WB for hangouts.

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  52. Does this work using Google Hangouts? I need to be able to adjust my exposure and WB for hangouts.

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    1. Yes, Webcam Settings works with Google Hangouts.

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  53. Can the app enable/ disable the blue activity light on the logitech c920?

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    1. Not in the current version (version 2.1), but I am actually testing this feature in the new beta version.

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  54. Is this compatible with Mavericks?

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    1. Yes, Webcam Settings is compatible with Mavericks.

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  55. I have a Macally Megacam 2.0 and the frame rates on my late-2012 Mac Mini are just terrible. The picture quality is nice; it's just the frame rates. Great as a mic but worthless for video.

    I think the problem is that the Megacam is always imaging at its maximum resolution.

    Will Webcam Settings allow me to adjust the Megacam's resolution?

    Thanks for reading!

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  56. I'm using this with my iMac and a Logitech C920 - WOW.....I LOVE it !!! Thank you so much for creating this software....it is exactly what I was looking for.

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  57. Hi, I'm hoping to capture video with 3 HD webcams (maybe C920's?) simultaneously on a 1 year old iMac, and on a tight budget.

    Can this be done, and if so, could you advise on what software will be needed, etc.?

    Thanks.

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    1. To capture 3 HD webcams simultaneously, you have to overcome several technical barriers.

      1. USB bandwidth, every HD webcam will eat up almost all bandwidth on a USB bus, therefore you will need a Mac with 3 USB ports and 3 independent USB buses. You can check System Information, Hardware > USB to find how many buses you have on your iMac.

      2. Software to record video, not sure which one can record 3 video simultaneously, but it shouldn't be difficult to use 3 apps to record one each.

      3. While recording all three, you may not be able to achieve high frame rate if all three are using H.264 encoding if your iMac is not powerful enough. Another option is to record in Photo JPEG format but this will require huge hard drive space and you need to make sure the hard drive is fast enough to handle 3 video stream. If you can accept lower resolution say 720p, the hardware requirement is probably not that bad and iMac could be able to do that.

      You can email me directly if you like to discuss more in detail. Thank you very much.

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    2. Thank you! Next step for me: check those buses.

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  58. Will this work with Google Hangouts using a Logitech c920 on macbook pro?

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    1. Yes, Webcam Settings works with Hangouts and C920 on MacBook Pro.

      This TidBITS article mentioned both C920 and Webcam Settings with Google+ Hangouts.
      http://tidbits.com/article/13655

      Please let me know if there is anything I can help. Thank you very much.

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  59. Hi guys: I'm running latest OSX Mavericks and trying to download the Webcam Settings app. Clicking on the Available in Apple App store button goes nowhere - no reaction, seems dead! Anything I'm missing here? PdeP 12:47h 07/Dec/2013

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    1. How about this link,
      https://itunes.apple.com/app/webcam-settings/id533696630?mt=12

      or this link?
      http://appstore.com/mac/webcamsettings

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    2. Sorry - I dble posted. I have tried these two links as above: https://itunes.apple.com/app/webcam-settings/id533696630?mt=12 and http://appstore.com/mac/webcamsettings Still no luck. One hangs the other is dead completely. PdeP

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  60. Trying to download this from the the app store and the Available on App store button goes nowhere. The link just hangs - forever! Using OSX Mavericks and my App Store would be Spain. Any help gratefully received.

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    1. BTW: I have tried these two links as above: https://itunes.apple.com/app/webcam-settings/id533696630?mt=12 and http://appstore.com/mac/webcamsettings Still no luck. One hangs the other is dead completely. PdeP

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    2. What if you open App Store then search for Webcam Settings? Will that work?

      App Store can be found in your /Applications folder or on your dock.

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    3. Tried that and the app doesn't show up. PdeP

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  61. Ah, wait a moment, guys we have movement! Fingers crossed. 13:05h 07/Dec/2013

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  62. OK - panic over - it's downloaded. Must have been a poor connection. Thanks for your help - much appreciated - PdeP

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    1. No problem, let me know if there is anything I can help.

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  63. I was loving your app, but then all of a sudden, when it was running, my video would lag and stutter with tons of motion blur, looking terrible. Is there some setting I'm missing? I'm not sure why it would start to do it all of a sudden after working so well. HELP!

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    1. In the Preferences tab, can you disable both "Read auto settings from webcam" and "Write every settings to webcam" and try if this fixed your video lag?

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    2. Aha - this appears to have gotten rid of the problem. HOWEVER! When I do a Hangout On Air, and I screenshare, my camera switches off while I display something on my desktop. WHen I come back to my camera, I lose the settings that WebCam Settings had applied. THis is why I had "Writer every setting to webcam" set to every .5 seconds so that when I switched back, the color would be balanced again. I guess I can try every 1 or 2 seconds and see if that stops the lag/extreme motion blur. Does this make sense?? THX

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    3. Yes, The option "Writer every setting to webcam" is designed to solve the lose settings issue on certain conditions.

      Writing settings in every 0.5 seconds shouldn't be an issue normally, but some camera may not be able to process USB commands fast enough. This is maybe the reason why you are experiencing video lag. Please try different time intervals to find out which one works best with your camera.

      Can you tell me which camera you are using and which app you are experiencing video lag? I would like to run some tests as well. Thanks.

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  64. Question before purchasing your App. It looks like I will be able to select the builtin facetime camera, or an external USB Camera (I have the Logitech C910 and C920) as the primary camera. (a) will I still have to change the camera to use within Skype and (b) does it also use the C920 microphones as opposed to the one built in the Mac? I am on Mavericks (10.9). Thanks!

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    1. As far as I know, there is no way to set a primary camera on Mac OS X. You will need to choose which camera to use in the video app (every video app allows you to choose which camera to use). For Skype, select "Preferences..," from Skype menu and select "Audio/Video" tab, you can then select HD Pro Webcam C920 from the Camera drop down menu.

      On the other hand, you CAN set a primary microphone by simply select HD Pro Webcam C920 as Input device in System Preferences -> Sound panel.

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  65. I'm probably overlooking something that's been printed repeatedly, but for the Logitech C920 camera, how do I know what resolution it is using on Skype, Hangouts, and FaceTime on a MAC computer? Is it fixed? I saw a reference online that said that it was broadcasting at less than HD on MAC. I know you can adjust in Quicktime....but what about others?

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    1. For Skype, it does support HD mode (720p) on Mac. If Skype decides you have enough bandwidth and capable hardware, it will switch from SD mode to HD mode in about 1 minute after you starts video call.

      FaceTime certainly support HD video call, check this link for requirements,
      http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4534?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

      HD Hangouts requirement is here,
      https://support.google.com/hangouts/answer/3367675?hl=en
      I don't see anywhere is says Mac won't do it.

      When Skype switch from SD to HD, you will notice the video ratio switched from 4:3 to 16:9.

      Can you share the link where you saw Mac is broadcasting at less then HD? We may be help clear up there rumors :)

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  66. For some reasons my app is in Chinese, anyway to help me with this ? Thanks

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    1. In your System Preferences > Language & Text > Language
      You can drag English on top of Chinese, quit Webcam Settings and launch it again. It will display English UI after this.

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  67. I just purchased this app for the zoom feature shown on the "advanced" tab screen shot. Turns out this is not supported by my built in iMac camera. I just wasted $7.99. You should say that all features shown are not supported by all cameras.

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    1. Dear Mike,

      I did put this information in the product description on this page and on the Mac App Store,

      ==============================
      Advanced Settings (Only Microsoft LifeCam Studio, Cinema, Logitech HD Webcam C525, C615, C910 and C920 support Zoom, Pan and Tilt, please check our website for camera support.)
      • Focus
      • Zoom
      • Pan
      • Tilt
      ==============================

      If I change this section into "all features shown are not supported by all cameras" as you suggested, will it be more clear to every user? Or do you think there is any other place I should change? Please help me correct this problem to prevent other users from buying this app and thinking they will get every setting to work on their camera. Your help will be highly appreciated.

      And may I ask you to check this link for how to get a refund from App Store?
      http://gizmodo.com/5886683/how-to-get-a-refund-from-the-app-store
      If you have trouble getting refund from Apple, please let me know.

      Thank you very much.

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  68. Great product. Check out SpiShutter.com which is a great HW companion when you're not using the webcam to avoid unintended use.

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  69. LifeCam Studio works great on Mac OSX 10.9 The only problem I am having is the image is flipped horizontally, ie., the image on the screen from the camera shows up switched from left to right. If I point at a door for example a door knob that in reality is on the left side will show up on the right side on the screen.
    Could you include a horizontal flip switch in the software please?
    Thanks

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  70. Hello,

    After much research that suggested that a great many webcams will not work with Mavericks, I found specs for the Logitech C930E, which state compatibility with OS 10.7 and greater. I bought one today, and it works just fine out of the box, on all apps that support a webcam.

    Logitech offers a camera control app (Logitech Camera Settings), which I have installed, and it does provide some control. I have looked at the functionality provided by your product, Webcam Settings, and am having difficulty identifying the benefits of your product over the Logitech app.

    Please tell me the benefits of Webcam Settings over Logitech Camera Settings.

    Thanks,

    Brian

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    1. There are still a few hardware controls the Logitech Camera Settings does not support - Aperture Priority Exposure Mode, Manual Exposure Mode, Exposure Time, Gain, Power Line Frequency (anti-flicker) and Backlight Compensation. Recently I added LED control to most Logitech camera models.

      Webcam Settings provides profile management feature that many users find it useful to deal with different lighting situation. The menubar app design of Webcam Settings make it more user friendly to work with other video apps.

      If Logitech Camera Settings app has all the features you need, that's great. I hope to keep develop my app and make it more useful to every Mac webcam user.

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  71. Is there any chance of you ever being able to add watermarking or a scroll newsfeed ability to this program?

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  72. I have been using Webcam Settings for over a year and quite pleased with it.

    Somehow, today the zoom function stopped working. I can get pan and tilt to work and such but not to zoom. Any suggestions?

    I tried closing the app and re-opening but not rebooting my Mac yet.

    thanks

    MH

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  73. After one of updates app not support zoom settings in microsoft life cam studio.Now zoom work only with Skype and not work in apps like quick time player,

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  74. HI there, i was wondering if i can set up more than one webcam at the same time with camera settings app?

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    1. Yes, Webcam Settings can control multiple cameras.

      Simply click the top most popup menu and you can choose which camera you would like to control.

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  75. I'm using Webcam Settings on a Mac running OS X 10.9.2. I haven't used the app in a while and now it's not opening for me at all.

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    1. Can you check my FAQ page and see if FAQ #1 helps solve the issue?

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  76. Any chance there will be an update to Webcam Settings to support tinkering with Webcam audio settings? For instance, I'm using the Logitech C920 and would like to get the RightSound noise cancellation working in Mac apps.

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