How to Use a USB Camera Instead of iSight

By MickeyV

If you own a Mac computer and would like to use an external USB webcam instead of the default iSight camera that came installed on the computer, there is a simple process to combat the problem. Webcams enable users to broadcast live streaming video of themselves to others using an instant message client or other services that allow people to communicate vie webcam. You can also use a webcam to record video through programs such as iMovie.

Step 1

Connect the USB cable attached to the external webcam to an available USB port on the computer. Allow 10-15 seconds for the computer to recognize the external webcam.

Step 2

Select the "Photo Booth" program, a program that uses the webcam to show you live video of yourself, from the applications dock at the bottom of the screen. Select "Camera" from the options at the top of the screen.

Step 3

Select the external USB webcam from the list of options from the menu. The computer will switch from the default iSight webcam to the external webcam. Because Mac programs are all in sync with one another, these settings will be used for all other installed programs on the computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you would like to use the webcam through a webpage or other third-party service, you will have to select the external USB webcam from the list of options through that particular program.