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Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: April 03, 2020 11:49AM
Sorry, I realize there's a FS section, but I would like a few more eyeballs on this.

Do any of you have a webcam you would be interested in selling? I know you're probably thinking I should just go buy one, but the prices are crazy right now. Eg, the Logitech c920 MSRP is $80. But on Amazon I've seen prices well over $300. With so many people trying to work and do school from home, webcams are sold out all over the place. I actually bought one off Amazon (third party), but it is now past its arrival date and not here.

I have a job interview lined up, but I need a web cam for it.

I do have an old iSight. Would a FW800 to 400 adapter work with that? Maybe it'll be easier to find such an adapter than a camera. It's only 640 x 480 though, and I'd prefer a bit better quality for interviews.




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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 03, 2020 12:05PM
take the interview on an iPhone/iPad in case you don't find a better solution.

also, is there an App that would allow to connect a smart phone and use it as a web cam with a computer?
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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: The UnDoug
Date: April 03, 2020 12:08PM
I was thinking the exact same thing, space-time.



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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 03, 2020 12:13PM
I do not have an iSight camera to try, but yeah, if you can find a cable in the back of the drawer, try it!
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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: April 03, 2020 12:21PM
I'll have to play with that. I want to be in a good setup, might need to share my screen.




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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 03, 2020 12:27PM
What App? Zoom? skype? Google hangouts/meeting?
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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 03, 2020 12:29PM
with Zoom you can connect with both phone and computer, use the phone for Video, computer to share screen.

You really have no excuse!
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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: April 03, 2020 12:31PM
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space-time
What App? Zoom? skype? Google hangouts/meeting?

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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: April 03, 2020 12:32PM
Make sure your lighting is nice and even. Best of luck.



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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: FormerlySaleenl
Date: April 03, 2020 12:35PM
You can get a Wyze cam and flash the firmware to make it into a webcam. I'm not sure what Amazon's lead times are. I've been getting everything in 3-4 days, even though it says April 20.

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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 03, 2020 12:41PM
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FormerlySaleenl
You can get a Wyze cam and flash the firmware to make it into a webcam. I'm not sure what Amazon's lead times are. I've been getting everything in 3-4 days, even though it says April 20.

[support.wyzecam.com]

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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: srf1957
Date: April 03, 2020 01:04PM
order a cheap drone with wi fi camera
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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 03, 2020 01:05PM
.....started loosing my iSight.......few years ago........



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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: April 03, 2020 01:41PM
Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: April 03, 2020 02:01PM
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pRICE cUBE
Make sure your lighting is nice and even. Best of luck.

Yep. I need to work on that. I know the visual quality will make a big difference.

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macphanatic
How to use your iPhone as a webcam

I have an android phone :/




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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: rgG
Date: April 03, 2020 02:22PM
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space-time
Quote
FormerlySaleenl
You can get a Wyze cam and flash the firmware to make it into a webcam. I'm not sure what Amazon's lead times are. I've been getting everything in 3-4 days, even though it says April 20.

[support.wyzecam.com]

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Check the HD app first and see if it is in stock.
If it is order online for pick up and it should be in a locker at the front of the store, or ask for curbside delivery.
Less contact for everyone, if you make sure it is there first.





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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 03, 2020 02:23PM
@M A V I C what computer to you have?

How to use your Android phone as a webcam for your PC

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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: April 03, 2020 03:03PM
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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: tenders
Date: April 03, 2020 03:10PM
I'm rocking a Pyro WebCam, vintage 2001. Quite sure I bought it via DealMac for much less than the $100 street price mentioned in a March 2001 review.
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I nearly threw it out two months ago. Can't remember why I hesitated. I bought it to videochat with my parents soon after the birth of our daughter, who is now a college sophomore. Used it, at most, twice. It has a FireWire interface, which is quite rare for a videocam but that to my surprise was plug-n-play with my love/hate Hackintosh on 10.14.6.

The manual, which I found online, helpfully reminds the user that "A modem is required for the application of videoconference and videomail software."
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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: April 03, 2020 03:37PM
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Ken Sp.
[smile.amazon.com]

Thanks, but "Arrives: May 22 - June 15"

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space-time
@M A V I C what computer to you have?

How to use your Android phone as a webcam for your PC

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[www.windowscentral.com]

The second one wouldn't work at all. The first, maybe? Probably not. I'll need the camera to be recognized as an input device on my Mac so video conferencing software will see it.




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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: The Grim Ninja
Date: April 03, 2020 06:50PM
I have a space Logitech C920 I'm not using. No idea what a reasonable price would be.
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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: August West
Date: April 04, 2020 10:24AM
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The second one wouldn't work at all. The first, maybe? Probably not. I'll need the camera to be recognized as an input device on my Mac so video conferencing software will see it.

Yesterday night, I got the idea of setting up an old iPhone 5s to use as a webcam with my recently purchases mac mini. Your point above was one thing I found to pay attention to. I also happened to have an iphone tripod mount and a small tripod, and will be setting that up today to sit behind my monitor, level with the top, as an attachable web cam would.

I downloaded EpocCam Free onto the iphone, and EpocCam Viewer on the mini. Tried wireless and it worked, but ultimately switched to usb-lighning to test latency issues and get power. The last thing I did was to check that it worked with webex, and it did. I haven't tried zoom or others yet. There are "commercials" to links that will pop up on the free app, and there is no audio. I will get the $8 pro version to get rid of the pop ups and to add microphone access.

Be aware that with Mojave+, 3rd party usb cams don't work with Apple native apps like facetime and photobooth, or so the dev said. In practice it was true that those apps did not display the video, but the viewer app and webex did.. Also you could not be running the viewer and the teleconference app at the same time, or there would only be video in the viewer.

Another note is that NDI HX Camera and NDI tools are offered free since this week. It looked really cool, but the mac controller app sucked, lesser than the PC version and I couldn't discern a method to switch the camera to different outputs (apps) on Mac as you could on PC. If I was using a PC, I'm sure I would be testing that. I might actually fire up VMware fusion to test it out.

I'll chime back in as I discover things, but if I were you, I'd probably take Grimmie up on his generous offer.

Best of luck friend. Economy sucks, but you've got skills.



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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: mspace
Date: April 04, 2020 11:18AM
I just tested a 400 to 800 adapter with an iSight. Then added an 800 to thunderbolt adapter to test with my computer.

Definitely works. It was low light and I need to figure out how to mount to my screen.
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Re: Anyone have a web cam they want to sell? Is there a way to make an iSight work?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: April 04, 2020 08:03PM
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mspace
I just tested a 400 to 800 adapter with an iSight. Then added an 800 to thunderbolt adapter to test with my computer.

Definitely works. It was low light and I need to figure out how to mount to my screen.

Thanks for checking.




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