Webcam Settings
Webcam Settings
2.3

3.0

Webcam Settings free download for Mac

Webcam Settings

2.3
16 February 2014

Control all settings of a USB webcam.

Overview

Webcam Settings allows you to adjust settings including the exposure time, contrast, saturation, and white balance temperature for your webcam, whether it’s a Built-in iSight, a more recent FaceTime/FaceTime HD Camera or an external USB webcam.

Features
  • True hardware level control of your webcam.
  • View changes in Real-time to your video as you move sliders and change other settings.
  • Fully plug-and-play; Webcam Settings, automatically recognizes your USB webcam when it’s connected to your Mac.
  • Automatically identifies various settings that your webcam supports.
  • Feel free to try any different settings as "Reset to Default" button brings back original settings from your camera.
  • Works with almost every video or photo app such as Photo Booth, FaceTime, iMovie, Skype, iStopMotion, Wirecast, Sparkbooth, GoToMeeting, WebEx, Jabber, Flash based webcam app and many others.
Supported Settings (varies between cameras)
  • Auto-Exposure Mode
  • Exposure Time
  • Gain
  • Aperture
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Hue
  • Saturation
  • Sharpness
  • Gamma
  • White Balance Temperature
  • Power Line Frequency (anti-flicker)
  • Backlight Composition
Advanced Settings

Only for Microsoft LifeCam Studio, Cinema, Logitech HD Webcam C525, C615, C910 and C920 support Zoom, Pan and Tilt, please check our website for camera support.

  • Focus
  • Zoom
  • Pan
  • Tilt

What's new in Webcam Settings

Version 2.3:
  • Added "Update Profile" button in "Profile Management" section.
  • Fixed an issue where multiple profiles with the same name may be listed in the menu.

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7 Webcam Settings Reviews

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bitshifter
29 September 2012

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Adjustments are not usable on re-start, so you must start over in most cases. If you make an adjustment while in "Auto" mode, the changes don't stick after you quit and then reopen Webcam Settings. If you make changes in "Manual" mode, it again just resets everything to default and back to Auto mode after restarting Webcam Settings. If you make adjustments in "Manual" mode, quit FaceTime, but leave Webcam Settings open, then reopen FaceTime, the picture goes nearly black and again, you must start over. The only combination that sort of works is leaving Webcam Settings running all the time and in Auto mode. Even then, it is buggy and, of course, you have less adjustablility than in Manual mode. Also, FYI, it has almost no control over a Logitech Orbit AF. (Tested with both the built-in cam on a 2011 iMac and with the Logitech.) This was my experience. YMMV.
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Version 1.0
spudherrin
21 January 2019
I downloaded the app on my MacBook and it won't open at all. Never had this problem. Tried restarting computer, nothing. Can't open it from the launchpad or the app store. Any suggestions?
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Version 2.3
stephenvanscoyoc
25 June 2015
I've been using this app on my Logitech C920-C for several months. The camera is fantastic and delivers a quality to our customers that matches our company goals. It comes with no apps for Macs. This app allowed us to zoom in close (it's a wide angle camera) and clear up the 50Hz lines (we're in the UK). I've spent more money on a bad cup of coffee in a hotel so I've found this app to be a real benefit. The only niggle I've noticed is that sometimes the settings don't set themselves in Skype while they immediately are effective in FaceTime. I seem to be able to get around this by ensuring WCS is running before opening Skype. For $7.99 this is a pretty decent product. I endorse it heartily.
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Version 2.3
Vulcan-
16 April 2013
please see my troubleshooting input .. i have no controls for the motors of my Orbit AF showing .. i see they should be on the Advanced panel .. i have only backlight and a disabled focus setting there. the camera controls work .. gain and so on .. but i bought the panel for the motor controls
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Version 1.4
4 answer(s)
Mactaris
Mactaris
16 April 2013
Sorry Webcam Settings is not able control motors of Logitech Orbit AF. It is using non-standard UVC commands to control pan and tilt. Please send me an email at mactaris@mac.com and I will refund you. Thanks.
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Vulcan-
Vulcan-
17 April 2013
arrrgh, Logitech drives me up the wall .. i love the Orbit camera but okay .. i will continue to use it via Windows in a virtual windows box I am going to keep the app .. having the accurate controls, and the settings memories, is worth 8 bucks to me :) Do you have any info on the control protocol the AF does use ? is there an SDK for using it in an app?
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Mactaris
Mactaris
27 July 2013
Orbit Command 1.0 - Control motorized functions of Logitech's Orbit cams. It is release today, please check it out.
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Jess-MacUpdate
Jess-MacUpdate
10 December 2013
Vulcan_, as Mactaris pointed out, you can find Orbit Command here: https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/48771/orbit-command which may take care of your needs and keep you from having to do Windows.
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Vulcan-
16 April 2013
i paid for this on the basis that it would allow me to control the motors of my Orbit AF .. but there are no controls for that in the panel. It is detecting the AF, and I have control over the bright, contrast gain etc .. but no sign of the motor controls. I have unplugged and re-plugged the webcam a couple of times .. no joy.
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Version 1.4
1 answer(s)
Mactaris
Mactaris
16 April 2013
Sorry Webcam Settings is not able control motors of Logitech Orbit AF. Orbit AF is using non-standard UVC commands to control pan and tilt. Please send me an email at mactaris@mac.com and I will refund you. Thanks.
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Sleek
26 February 2013
How can this be free while there is price Tag of $7.99?????????? I will give this App 1.5 Stat due to the price tag..
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Version 1.3
MuSonics
20 January 2013
I'll be watching for future releases and a trial version. This would be a very useful and much-needed utility. I hope to purchase this when it is further developed.
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Version 1.2
bitshifter
29 September 2012
Adjustments are not usable on re-start, so you must start over in most cases. If you make an adjustment while in "Auto" mode, the changes don't stick after you quit and then reopen Webcam Settings. If you make changes in "Manual" mode, it again just resets everything to default and back to Auto mode after restarting Webcam Settings. If you make adjustments in "Manual" mode, quit FaceTime, but leave Webcam Settings open, then reopen FaceTime, the picture goes nearly black and again, you must start over. The only combination that sort of works is leaving Webcam Settings running all the time and in Auto mode. Even then, it is buggy and, of course, you have less adjustablility than in Manual mode. Also, FYI, it has almost no control over a Logitech Orbit AF. (Tested with both the built-in cam on a 2011 iMac and with the Logitech.) This was my experience. YMMV.
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Version 1.0
5 answer(s)
Mactaris
Mactaris
29 September 2012
Frist of all, your 8 bucks are not wasted. There are two ways to get refund. 1. You can email Apple to ask for refund. 2. If that doesn't work for you, please email me at mactaris@mac.com with your PayPal account, I will give you full refund. Webcam Setting 1.0 does not have the ability to save settings. I am adding it to version 1.1 and it's in beta testing now. Will probably be online in 6 ~ 8 weeks. Allow me to explain some concept here. The "Auto" and "Manual" mode you are talking about, I supposed you mean "Auto Exposure Mode" and "Manual Exposure Mode". For the built-in cam on your iMac, in "Manual Exposure Mode", you can control "Exposure Time" and "Aperture". In "Auto Exposure Mode", you will not be able to control "Exposure Time" and "Aperture". For the Logitech Orbit AF, in "Manual Exposure Mode", you can control "Gain". In "Aperture Priority", you won't be able to control "Gain". There are reasons the settings cannot stick. USB webcam does not save current settings inside the camera, every time you close the camera or disconnect the camera or restart your Mac. The camera gets powered off and loses all value. Next time you open the camera it resets everything back to default. Webcam Settings as a app has limited ability to remedy this situation. A driver solution can take total control of the camera, but it may draw more power or create more traffic on USB bus. I do have plans to deal with this issue but will eat up more resources. I will need more time to come up with a balanced solution in Webcam Settings. For the Logitech Orbit AF, you can control: Manual Exposure Mode, Aperture Priority Mode, Gain Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness White Balance Temperature Auto, White Balance Temperature Manual Power Line Frequency - Disabled, 50 Hz and 60 Hz Backlight Compensation Logitech Orbit AF does not have these settings from its hardware: Auto Exposure Mode, Shutter Priority Mode, Aperture Hue, Gamma Control Focus Auto, Focus Manual Zoom, Pan and tilt Actually Webcam Settings was first developed to control Logitech Orbit AF and was named Orbit Driver. It can control the motor on Orbit AF, supports up, down, left right and center position. It can also control the LED with auto, on and off settings. Problem is I don't know how to make Apple approve this app so I removed Orbit AF specific functions and make it general to all UVC cameras. It became Webcam Settings now.
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bitshifter
bitshifter
29 September 2012
Mactaris, kudos for monitoring and posting on macupdate. As far as a refund: 1. I've been through the Apple process. No thanks. 2. I don't do PayPal (for reasons I won't go into here.) As you will see suggested from many others here, I strongly suggest a trial version on your website. I look forward to the version that can save settings. That alone would make a big difference. Best of luck.
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Mactaris
Mactaris
29 September 2012
For refund, 1. Is Apple process that bad? I saw Apple refund in the very next day (developer can see a number -1 on their daily sales report) 2. Without PayPal, I don't know of any easy way to do international payment. Any suggestions? Will you send me an email at mactaris@mac.com and zip your copy of Webcam Swttings to me? I will be able to send you a beta for testing. Hope to save my star ratings :)
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bitshifter
bitshifter
29 September 2012
It certainly can be bad. A recent refund took 2 weeks of back and forth to get. Sounds like experiences are highly variable. But, you say that settings retention is coming, so I am certainly willing to give it another chance. I'll zip up the app and send it your way.
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Mactaris
Mactaris
29 September 2012
Version 1.1 will allow save and load settings manually. It will take maybe 6~8 weeks to get version 1.1 online. Apple’s review process is getting longer then expected now.
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