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Jan 29 2007 | 10:36 pm


I’m just wondering if anybody has ever used a webcam as a video input device to Max. I may be starting a new project that would use a webcam but I am unsure which ones would be compatible with max. I’ve seen quite a few 1.3 mega pixel webcams on the web but I’m not sure which ones would work. Does anyone have any recommendations?



Jan 30 2007 | 12:28 am

Jan 30 2007 | 12:34 am

Jitter supports almost any webcam your OS supports.

If you’re on XP, and the camera has WDM driver(all non-ancient ones
usually do), it should work with jit.dx.grab;

If you are using OSX, usb webcams are a but trickier, but a lot of
them work with macam component. check macam list of supported cameras

Best way to check would be to download macam, go to store, plug
camera and check if it works right on spot.

Firewire cameras should work on both systems with not much fuss.

My recommendation would be unibrain Fire-i, checkout list archives
for tales of that legendary device(you can connect many of them at
once, they can use external power supply, have nice ‘uncompressed’
stream… heck, they even ship to Serbia!).


Jan 30 2007 | 5:51 pm

Hi Guys,

Thanks for the response. A bit more detail….

I would ideally want something that would work on both Mac OSX and windows XP.

I intend to attempt to make a program that would track a persons movement in real time (by tracking colour), and so would like a fairly decent resolution and framerate.

Hope that helps.



Jan 31 2007 | 3:09 pm

Basic problem with most of the usb webcams is their video compression. This is due the limited bandwith of usb 1.1. Most cams still just support usb 1.1 and not 2.0. Those cams that do support USB 2.0 are working fine and a pretty good alternative to firewire cams. I have a few "quickcams for notebook pro" working wiht jitter. Tiny cams with a video resolution of 640 x 480 (you can take 1.3 megapx stills) that don’t use the nasty compression by supporting USB 2.0.

There are bigger cams from logitech too that come with USB 2.0 and a res of 640 x 480.

Hope that helps.

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