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[How to] Get ALL built-in webcams to work in OSX


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Maybe I am not the first person to think of this, but I personally have not seen this suggested and I have not fully formulated how to do this just yet and I can't work on it at this moment otherwise I would post after I try some things out.

Requirements
VMWare fusion or Parallels
Connect to USB camera device via VMware (paralles)
Use XP/Vista Software to re-route the video feed via IP
Use OSX software to re-route video feed from IP to iChat and other programs as a webcam device

Obviously at the moment I do not know what two programs are needed to make it happen but as long as they have been made or if someone can make the OSX software then we are good to go for ALL OSX owners.

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CamCamX is the answer!!

It will virtualize a fake usb camera for OSX using just about anything as the video source


<a href="
http://b-l-a-c-k-o-p.com/CamCamX-isight-vi...ize-webcam.html" target="_blank">http://b-l-a-c-k-o-p.com/CamCamX-isight-vi...ize-webcam.html</a>
http://b-l-a-c-k-o-p.com/CamCamX.html

inconjunction with this program

http://www.ecamm.com/mac/iusbcam/I know this is not a free solution but a solution nonetheless and you might be able to find free alternatives as well.If you do please post the programs you might find.There are plenty of XP freeware programs that can take care of webcam video streams, but when I get all of this setup and going I will definitely post back with a real How To for everyone.

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i am on acer crystal eye webcam on my aspire 4710 laptop. i could see a part of the frame in login options when i installed 10.4.9 whose kext i have uploaded. not even that lucky in 10.4.8, 10.5.1 or 10.5.2. tried macam, but no go.

let me know if i can be of any help.

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Eesh, well I am not looking at fixing the kext files, even though it is probably as simple as fixing a few bytes in an existing kext file I do not have the expertise to know what to fix.

So I am going at it another way which is to simply run XP which can use the device and then re-route back to the host operating system OSX in such a way that it will accept the video feed for specifically iChat.

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WOW
you have done an extremely good job my finding this out
i have a ques to ask
how exactly do you use this??
i mean download which one?
there are like 8 dmg files there
can you like guide me??
i'm on a lenovo y300
(remember i am a total noob so please tell me step by step)
you are my saviour !!!!

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lol, I have not actually done this yet, but I assumed there was just one dmg file to download for CamCamX?

Also I did not post a link or any names for what program you have to use on Windows end, simply because I have not tried any of them out. But the thought is there are many programs on windows that can output your webcam to an IP stream (video format?, and certainly images like jpg (with the jpg being updated quickly). Then on the apples end you just point CamCamX to the IP or location of the video/image source. This will require some sharing of folders on one end or the other between XP and OSX.

I have not had any time as of late so I was hoping that by me posting this info someone could get the ball rolling on explorering the do's and don't with this method. In other words I have just posted a theory at this point.





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