isightcapture
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isightcapture is a simple CLI utility to grab and save still images from iSight or other cameras recognized by QuickTime. It is useful for implementing simple webcams and does not require the user to be logged in or to start a GUI application. Other features include: scaling of images, various output formats etc.
What's New
Version 1.1: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3 or later, iSight or similar camera.






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Sarazil reviewed on 15 Sep 2011
Perfect for security scripting. Nice and quick, follow it with a sudo halt and you're all set.
[Version 1.1]


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macmedix reviewed on 11 Jun 2008
Great, simple command line utility to view what the isight cam sees. This WILL turn on the camera's indicator light while the photo is being taken (about 3 seconds). Works fine in Leopard OS X 10.5.3. Saves photo file to same place as the application is unless otherwise specified. application file can be anywhere, doesn't have to be in Apps folder.

Good excuse to learn scp so you can retrieve the photo file. I heard of this from the comments under the story about the recovered stolen laptop:
http://community.livejournal.com/macosx/5713803.html
[Version 1.1]


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lucid commented on 30 Nov 2006
Great little application, any plans for adding video capture?
[Version 1.1]


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Spectre1 reviewed on 01 Jul 2005
Excellent utility. I wanted to make my own home webcam which wouldn't require much bandwidth or resources. This is what i came up with:

http://osiris.sharkfire.net/captures/
[Version 1.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 22 Jun 2005
Just a curious notion: why would you need this if you have the new Quicktime?
[Version 1.0]

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Anonymous commented on 23 Jun 2005
Because Quicktime Pro is not for FREE.

Hm?
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Spectre1 replied on 01 Jul 2005
Excellent utility. Here is an example of a site i made using isightcapture:

http://osiris.sharkfire.net/captures/
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Jcooper11 had trouble on 05 Aug 2011
Original link and web site are dead.
Still available, though, here...
http://www.deography.com/record/
Very useful. Installed isightcapture into /bin, then created script as given on the web site above. Edited script to just do the capture, because I didn't need the other stuff it does. Used Cronnix to edit crontab to make it capture every minute.
[Version 1.1]


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Damacguy had trouble on 29 Apr 2010
Doesn't seem to work under 10.6.

I'm running 10.6.3 on a 3.06GHz MacBook Pro. Tried default capture with just a filename. And specifying format and size. No luck.

Error returned is...
FATAL: graphics exporter set output failed
[Version 1.1]



xpierrotx rated on 22 Apr 2011

[Version 1.1]


Downloads:26,613
Version Downloads:25,295
Type:Multimedia Design : Video
License:Free
Date:22 Jun 2005
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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isightcapture is a simple CLI utility to grab and save still images from iSight or other cameras recognized by QuickTime. It is useful for implementing simple webcams and does not require the user to be logged in or to start a GUI application. Other features include: scaling of images, various output formats etc.


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