Webcam Settings
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Control all settings of a USB webcam.   Commercial ($7.99)
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Webcam Settings is the first and only app which lets you improve the image quality in real-time when using your USB webcam with your favorite video application such as FaceTime, iChat/Messages, or Skype. Webcam Settings is a very useful and user-friendly OS X utility that will help you quickly adjust your USB webcam's settings.

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.
What's New
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.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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Vulcan_ reviewed on 16 Apr 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
[Version 1.4]

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Mactaris (developer) replied on 16 Apr 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_ replied on 17 Apr 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 (developer) replied on 27 Jul 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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MacUpdate-Jess replied on 10 Dec 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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Sleek reviewed on 26 Feb 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..
[Version 1.3]


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MuSonics commented on 20 Jan 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.
[Version 1.2]


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bitshifter reviewed on 29 Sep 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.
[Version 1.0]

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Mactaris (developer) replied on 29 Sep 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 replied on 29 Sep 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 (developer) replied on 29 Sep 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 replied on 29 Sep 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 (developer) replied on 29 Sep 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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Vulcan_ had trouble on 16 Apr 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.
[Version 1.4]

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Mactaris (developer) replied on 16 Apr 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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Date:16 Feb 2014
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Webcam Settings is the first and only app which lets you improve the image quality in real-time when using your USB webcam with your favorite video application such as FaceTime, iChat/Messages, or Skype. Webcam Settings is a very useful and user-friendly OS X utility that will help you quickly adjust your USB webcam's settings.

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 and Skype.
Please note:
  • Webcam Settings supports UVC (USB Video Class) webcams only; FireWire cameras such as external iSight are not supported.
  • Your USB webcam must be working on your Mac properly (functioning normally with FaceTime, iChat/Messages, and Skype) before it can be used with Webcam Settings.


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