Using acer crystaleye webcam in facetime/photobooth/skype

talking about camera – Product ID: 0xa101. Vendor ID: 0x064e (Suyin Corporation). to. CODE

the main problem with this cam in osx is its default 320×240 resolution, where osx wants 640×480 cam
it’s a bit tricky but works.

1) install this modified AnV’s kext and reboot, it will make camera looks like iSight for osx
2) install the app CameraControl (Link at end of post), I found it on this page and modified for our purpose.
3) now launch photobooth/facetime/skype (video settings for skype) and you will see app trying to open camera. Now quickly run CameraControl andyou will get your video in photobooth/facetime/skype.
4) Close CameraControl before or after you close your main Application.

This works also in ichat and quicktime.

The Application and Sources


  1. alabamas
    August 17th, 2011 | 12:37 am

    Thanks !!!!

  2. smartie
    August 17th, 2011 | 8:42 am

    camtwist works the same way, but this small app is easier. thx.

    One can also make it automatic : Open Automator, select new workflow – workflow would look like “open Photobooth”, “open cameracontrol”, “quit Cameracontrol” – save this as an new application : “photobooth with UVC” or other distinctive name and voila – all you need to do is just launch that new app to have cam activated automatic. Do the same for facetime and so .

  3. smartie
    August 17th, 2011 | 8:47 am

    oh and forgot to say : I have a chicony –vendor 0x04f2 — uvc – product id 0xb128 – in my toshiba Satellite L500, the isight kext I don’t need, the cam is automatic detected in Systemprofiler, I only need camtwist and/or this app here to activate the cam inside apple apps.

    the only app that works instantly and out of the Box with this cam is “EvoCam”.

    ///the purpose of kext is just to make it feel more like a mac 😀

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  5. Tony
    August 1st, 2012 | 8:02 pm

    I have a Chicony USB 2.0 web camera (vendor 0x04f2, product 0xb008) and it doesn’t work for me. Photobooth, iChat, FaceTime… will always say “no camera connected” even though CamTwist recognizes it, and so does CameraControl.

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