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Input via iSight?

Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:50 pm
by ichmirmich

can i use a an apple iSight for getting live video input into modul8?

thanks, andre

Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 5:43 pm
by rolin


Thank you.

Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 5:49 pm
by ichmirmich
Did you used it? How do i get it running?

Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 6:15 pm
by rolin
It's easy..

1 - plug in and switch on your iSight
2 - start Modul8
3 - select a layer
4 - switch to the "special media bank" in the media browser
5 - select the "video capture" button

That's it!

U should see the incoming picture via
the selected layer,
which should be now labeled "VIDEO CAPTURE".

U can also read about this in the
Modul8 manual on page 41 (version 2.0).


It also should work, when U switch on the iSight after having Modul8 started.

Thank you again

Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 6:54 pm
by ichmirmich
Many thanks Rolin!!

Cheers, Andre

Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 9:26 pm
by sigmasix
and live video capture from iSight is REALLY faster than from a DV cam... dv is so slow...


Posted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:18 pm
by ichmirmich
ok. i did not see an isight in action. how is the quality? does it work well when it is dark...because almost any vj's workplace is very dark, isn't it? :-)

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 2:13 am
by def
right ichmirmich!
anyway u can represent your powerbook/working place via the isight ;)

Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 12:33 am
by Akira
Does the MacBook iSight work with modul8?

Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 12:22 pm
by martymartin
Akira wrote:Does the MacBook iSight work with modul8?

Yes it works great - much fun to be had!
Now all we need is 2.5! :P

Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 8:00 pm
by Akira
It would be good if the macbook camera could be rotated like the Vaio TR3 one, because I don't think it will be entertining for anybody to see the VJ's face ;D

Re: Light?

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 11:21 pm
by mannikin
You can always pick up the iSight light. Works well and does the trick nicely.


ichmirmich wrote:ok. i did not see an isight in action. how is the quality? does it work well when it is dark...because almost any vj's workplace is very dark, isn't it? :-)

macbook pro isight

Posted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:47 am
by haye
a question rises in my head.


-macbook pro with integrated isight
-modul8 2.5
-a second isight plugged in for feedback. (i usually point it at the preview window of modul8)
-assign video capture to a layer

what happens?
which of the cameras is used?
i'll bet for the integrated one.
will there be a way to choose?
huh? ... eo+capture

i think it would stink horribly if macbook pro users are tied to their built-in isight.
this would eliminate the possibility of physical feedback!

(well there is a propability that the built-in isight can be completely turned off and hence the firewire isight would be the first available camera in the above scenario. please, any macbook pro owners, test this.)

thanks in advance for any answer, especially relieving ones ;)

Posted: Fri Jun 23, 2006 9:36 am
by eyeborg
hi, i've found that when i connect my isight, ichat opens but defaults to the built in camera. in order to get M8 to use the exernal isight, quit ichat and hey presto. i don't know how to switch between the two isight cameras without ichat running though...


Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2006 4:16 am
by Luminaut
I saw it's been a bit since anyone posted here, but here's an FYI I just recently solved for my iSight: Most often when a camera is needed for live input, lighting is intermittent at best. A great software fix, in the form of a FW camera driver, comes from "Camera Controller" only runs about $20 US, and for the money it's definitely worth it. I am able to capture clear imaging of a black hand-rail mounted to a stage 30' away, in a dimly lit club, with no direct lighting, through my iSight. It does come at a wee-bit of a price performance-wise, running another program (an imaging app, no less) will eat at the over-all thru-put. [I run a pwbkG4 1.5Ghz w/2Gb ram] However, I found a good balance that gives me what I need by reducing the input values in the Video Capture prefs- buffer/frame-rate/decompress accu. (Right now I'm just putting the girlies shak'n down in the crowd up on the big screen to shake for everyone.) There are a lot of web-chat related options with the driver I don't recommend for VJ-ing, But you have the option of controlling them realtime-ish, so see what your machine can handle. The driver can be test-driven for 30 min. at a time, and comes complete with the usual 'nag-ware' and if you don't use it, make sure to dislodge it completely from your library (Lib- App. Support, -IOXperts) or it will try to tell you that you can only use your camera for 30 min. even if you trash the IOX App icon. I hope this helps out anyone trying to get an iSight video feed running. This works great on PWR-PC, but for Intel, I don't know. p.s. For iSight-plugged-in-and-iChat-turns-on issues, at the bottom of the video options in the iChat prefs, turn OFF the launch iChat when a camera is turned on... :roll: