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Webcam for Mac

November 12, 2006 | 3:16 pm

Hi there,

I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice. I want to incorporate motion-tracking (using Jitter) into a project of mine and wish to purchase a webcam for this purpose. I would like to do this as cheap-as-possible(!) It seems that there are a lot of cheap webcams available for PC, but not for mac.

Do I need to spend more money for a mac webcam? I do not need it to be a fantastic picture quality as I am just using it for motion-tracking.

Will I need to acquire a separate driver for a webcam?

Are there potential problems with any particular webcams when it comes to using them in Jitter?

Any pitfalls?

Any suggestions?

Thank you in advance for any advice

Ed


November 12, 2006 | 8:03 pm


November 12, 2006 | 10:08 pm

I like the unibrain fire-i cameras – prefer the board camera version so you can change lenses based on your need

they come with drivers – though cycling 74 suggests using the ones already on your mac… I found that using the included ones was helpful when working on a multiple camera system

don’t know if this counts as cheap-as-possible or not but having bought mine for a specific project, I find I use use them for all sorts of things…

good luck
jamie

—– Original Message —-
From: ed dowie
Sent: Sunday, November 12, 2006 10:16:48 AM
Subject: [jitter] Webcam for Mac

Hi there,

I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice. I want to incorporate motion-tracking (using Jitter) into a project of mine and wish to purchase a webcam for this purpose. I would like to do this as cheap-as-possible(!) It seems that there are a lot of cheap webcams available for PC, but not for mac.

Do I need to spend more money for a mac webcam? I do not need it to be a fantastic picture quality as I am just using it for motion-tracking.

Will I need to acquire a separate driver for a webcam?

Are there potential problems with any particular webcams when it comes to using them in Jitter?

Any pitfalls?

Any suggestions?

Thank you in advance for any advice

Ed


November 13, 2006 | 6:58 am

jamie, can you specify color mode fps and resolution on the unibrain from
inside jit.qt.grab? i couldn’t find the button.

On 11/13/06, jamie jewett wrote:
>
> I like the unibrain fire-i cameras – prefer the board camera version so
> you can change lenses based on your need
>
> they come with drivers – though cycling 74 suggests using the ones already
> on your mac… I found that using the included ones was helpful when
> working on a multiple camera system
>
> don’t know if this counts as cheap-as-possible or not but having bought
> mine for a specific project, I find I use use them for all sorts of
> things…
>
> good luck
> jamie
>
>
>
> —– Original Message —-
> From: ed dowie
> Sent: Sunday, November 12, 2006 10:16:48 AM
> Subject: [jitter] Webcam for Mac
>
>
> Hi there,
>
> I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice. I want to incorporate
> motion-tracking (using Jitter) into a project of mine and wish to purchase a
> webcam for this purpose. I would like to do this as cheap-as-possible(!) It
> seems that there are a lot of cheap webcams available for PC, but not for
> mac.
>
> Do I need to spend more money for a mac webcam? I do not need it to be a
> fantastic picture quality as I am just using it for motion-tracking.
>
> Will I need to acquire a separate driver for a webcam?
>
> Are there potential problems with any particular webcams when it comes to
> using them in Jitter?
>
> Any pitfalls?
>
> Any suggestions?
>
> Thank you in advance for any advice
>
> Ed
>
>
>
>
>


November 14, 2006 | 12:42 pm

>I like the unibrain fire-i cameras -

>they come with drivers – though cycling 74 suggests using the ones
>already on your mac… I found that using the included ones was
>helpful when working on a multiple camera system

a few years ago – it was 2004 more or less (with the then-latest
max/jitter and mac OS) using the provided drivers was nice as you
could name the unibrains (i have 5 of them) and when you would plug
one, the mac knew which one it was (you could name them)

early/mid 2006, with max 4.5.7 and jitter 1.5, i would not reccomend
using the provided drivers – if you plug-in another unibrain, it
crashes max

using it without those, on "generic" drivers (or is it "no drivers"
?) works super well – and i did recommend thse web cams to many
friends

as far as i remember, they cost around 100 euros each

and you can daisy chain them

best

kasper

Kasper T. Toeplitz
noise, composition, bass, computer

http://www.sleazeArt.com


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