Webcam for Mac

Nov 12, 2006 at 3:16pm

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

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Nov 12, 2006 at 8:03pm

#88274
Nov 12, 2006 at 10:08pm

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

#88275
Nov 13, 2006 at 6:58am

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
>
>
>
>
>

#88276
Nov 14, 2006 at 12:42pm

>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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