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Use iSight Disabler to quickly turn on/turn off your built-in Intel Mac USB iSight with a handy AppleScript.

iSight Disabler is an AppleScript that automates the process of disabling and enabling the iSight USB driver(s) via modification of the read permissions for said driver(s). Disabling the iSight removes read access while enabling the iSight restores read access.

What's New

Version 4.0:
  • Includes support for OS X 10.7. Version 4 should also work for all previous supported versions of OS X back to Tiger (Mac OS X 10.4), however this has not been comprehensively tested. Please report any problems (under Lion or otherwise) to techslaves.org.

Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.0 or later
  • USB/Built-in iSight

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Mikael B Member IconReview+415
Mikael B
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Seems to work fine in Lion 10.7.4.

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Version 4.0
Kenneth Lister Member IconReview+28
Kenneth Lister
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Thank you for calling it something easy to remember.

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Version 4.0
Ward Member IconComment+87
Ward
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iSight Disabler 3.0 worked fine on the iMacs I support at my local public library -- see my 10 Dec 09 report.

The iSight patch stopped working when I updated the iMacs to 10.5.8. When the kids eventually discovered PhotoBooth was back, I returned to techslaves.org and found the 3.5 update for 10.6. Another user discovered the 10.6-specific update worked for 10.5.8.

I modified the “os_version” check to include both 10.5.8 and 10.6+ and then created an AppleScript app to install on the library iMacs. The librarians can now turn the iSights on or off.

Here’s the updated AppleScript file & app:
http://www.joyofmacs.com/downloads/iSightDisabler351.zip

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Version 3.5
Michael Haeusler Member IconReview+83
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Nice one. Works great on 10.6.4 MBP '10. Users should however realize that this script overrides the functionality of security apps that use the iSight camera like Undercover, Prey or Vuwer. If you want to use both the iSight Disabler script and a remote tracking software, you should always turn the iSight camera back on, when you leave (or leave with) the computer.

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Version 3.5
Michael Haeusler
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Forgot to add one thing: For those looking for a way to also switch off audio input, don't bother with the Sound PrefPane, but go directly to Audio-MIDI-Setup and check all the mute buttons for the integrated (microphone) input channels.

Mknphotos Member IconComment+1
Mknphotos
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Brilliant. Script works flawlessly for Snow Leopard.

Thanks a million!

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Version 3.5
Ward Member IconReview+87
Ward
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I'm supporting six iMacs in our new public library, a addition to the PC-only world at the former library. The iMacs have been a great success ... except for PhotoBooth, which seems to encourage rowdy behavior with groups of middle schoolers. Carefully taping over the cameras didn't last a day.

iSight Disabler is a perfect solution. I saved the AppleScript as an application, put it in the Utilities folder, and dragged it to the Dock. Now the librarians, using the administrator account, can easily easily enable & disable an iSight camera.

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Version 3.0
Techslaves (Developer) Member IconDev+0
Techslaves (Developer)
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With Apple Remote Desktop 3, I believe you could use Automator workflows to automate the running of this script but since I'm not familiar with how ARD works, I can't say for sure.

I would call up Apple support and ask how to best run an AppleScript with ARD 3.

I know you could just copy the file to each machine and run it that way but I would think there's a better way with ARD's management features. From a quick check it looks like the "Power Copy" feature in ARD 3 would work.

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Version 2.0
Randy Smail Member IconComment+0
Randy Smail
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I'd like to be able to use this in a classroom/lab environment. Any ideas how to run it remotely through Apple Remote Desktop?

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Version 2.0
Techslaves (Developer) Member IconDev+0
Techslaves (Developer)
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So you don't have have a /System/Library/QuickTime/QuickTimeUSBVDCDigitizer.component/Contents/MacOS
directory anymore?

Search your system for a file named "QuickTimeUSBVDCDigitizer".

The script wouldn't just delete any files or directories. It does nothing that would remove files. It simply changes permissions on the USB iSight driver so programs can't access it.

I have a 2GHz Macbook with 10.4.8 and all the latest updates as of this comment and the script works without issue.

If you really don't have that directory anymore, you also don't have the USB iSight driver anymore which means you need to replace that to get your iSight working again. Whether or not this script had anything to do with your problem I don't know but based on what you said and the script itself, I'd be very surprised to find out that it is related.

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Version 2.0
igropub Member IconComment+0
igropub
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I was looking at the directory for the file whose permissions/attributes get changed. In terminal I get a message that the directory doesn't exist. Indeed, if I follow the directory path you have in the script, I see no document matching that description. Is it invisible?
My isight quit working and I'm trying to get it back up. The usual PMU and PRAM resets have done nothing.
Running 10.4.8 on a black Macbook 2ghz
Thanks,
Scott

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Version 2.0
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Date 26 Jul 2011
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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