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Using office computers as security cameras

I have an open-plan office full of computers, about 75% Macs. We're considering putting in security cameras with a DVR. It seems to me that with all these computers (and a bunch of spares, at that) we could do this with what we have instead of paying a security company for dedicated hardware. What can I use to coordinate multiple webcams and do security-DVR-type stuff with them?
posted by mendel on Mar 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Can I make a sexy video and keep my job?

I'm making a sexy video for someone, but want to make sure there's no way it could be traced back to me if he shares it. Keeping my face/identifying marks off screen (obviously), but what about technologically? Recording with iSight on my macbookpro, maybe an edit or 2 in iMovie, then send the file thru gmail. Will anyone be able to trace it back to this macbook? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2011 - 19 answers

Is it possible to mix the live iSight video stream?

Using OS X, is it possible to show a photo in my live iSight video stream? (not using iChat) [more inside]
posted by SteveLambert on Jul 4, 2011 - 1 answer

Built-in iSight or iPhone 4 for quick video shoot?

I have to shoot a quick, five-minute video that's basically a vlog: just me talking into the camera. To film it, I can use either a built-in iSight camera on a 2008 pre-unibody MacBook Pro, or an iPhone 4. Which one would be the better choice? Yeah, I'm aware it's not going to look cinematic with either one, but I want to look as decent as I can within reason. [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. on Jan 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Sending Canned Video Via Skype

I'm about to video Skype for the first time, using my macbook pro's built-in isight camera. The person I'm Skyping with has never met me, but has a whacky sense of humor, so I thought it might be amusing to start out by feeding in a few seconds of stock video of a hunky male stripper (cutting it off, and replacing it with my geeky real self, long before it gets lewd). Is there any way to do this?
posted by Quisp Lover on Jan 1, 2011 - 3 answers

Hello Kitty, Hello Crappy!

My iMac iSight camera is "in use by another application". Can you help me figure this out so I can use the camera again? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Aug 23, 2009 - 8 answers

iSight or iDon't?

Best webcam for Mac OS X, is iSight still the one camera to rule them all? [more inside]
posted by genial on Jul 1, 2009 - 6 answers

Take a picture of myself

A couple of years ago, my PhotoBooth app on my Mac was acting funky, so I trashed it. For some reason, I thought I could just go online and download a fresh version. That's proving difficult. Ultimately, I don't really care about downloading PhotoBooth. I just want to use my built-in webcam to take a picture of myself. Preferably high enough quality that I can make 2" by 2" passport photos. My webcam works fine (I use it for Skype, for example), but I can't seem to find a way to just take a damn picture of myself. And I don't want to pay for to download an application online. Hope me, hivemind.
posted by billysumday on Jun 5, 2009 - 16 answers

Video capture with iSight under Tiger?

I want my Mac's iSight camera to capture video, not just still photos. I'm running Tiger (10.4), not Leopard (10.5). Will anything other than upgrading to Leopard let my Mac do this? (Is there any hack or third-party software that lets the iSight act as a video camera under Tiger?)
posted by sparrows on Jun 17, 2008 - 10 answers

Help me make my Mac into a Polaroid !

Can I use my external digital camera while its connected to my Mac? [more inside]
posted by duckus on Apr 27, 2008 - 6 answers

Other than an iSight, what would you buy?

What USB2/FireWire video camera would you get for an iBook whose owner wants to video chat? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Oct 16, 2007 - 6 answers

How to get an iSight on a MacPro?

Can a MacPro have an iSight camera? As a desktop computer it only can use an external monitor, and Apple's external monitors don't have iSight built in. The clincher is that Apple doesn't sell iSight cameras any more, separate from the ones built-in to MacBooks. So how can a MacPro connect to an iSight?
posted by mark7570 on Aug 8, 2007 - 11 answers

Inexpensive Mac barcode scanner.

Looking for a barcode scanner (>$100; usb, wireless or firewire) to import books into delicious library on mac 10.3.9. Must be plug and play (no cuecat).
posted by jchinique on Jun 14, 2007 - 16 answers

What to do with an iSight?

MacBookFilter: Are there any good uses for the built-in iSight that I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by DarkElf109 on Mar 27, 2007 - 19 answers

Good alternative to iSight?

What's a good webcam for video chatting on OS X? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Jan 23, 2007 - 12 answers

Help fix a Macbook's iSight?

Why won't my Macbook's iSight work? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny on Jul 4, 2006 - 7 answers

iSight tricks

What are your favorite iSight tricks? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Jun 1, 2006 - 8 answers

12GB per hour = too much

can someone recommend an app for recording video on a mac from dv input, but in a format more compact than dv? [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Mar 3, 2006 - 2 answers

Help my AOL—illiterate parents connect to me for a video chat.

Help my AOL—illiterate parents connect to me for a video chat. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Feb 3, 2006 - 7 answers

New iMacs - yay or nay?

I am planning to buy a new entry-level iMac with the built-in iSight and was wondering if anyone else has one already. What do you think about the machine? What kind of motion control do you have with the iSight, if any? (I'm an experienced Mac user, so I'm faimiliar with the OS already)
posted by cajo on Dec 28, 2005 - 9 answers

iCan't See with iSight.

Having problems with iSight on a Powerbook. It worked well up until recently. Now I get a spinning beachball anytime I use a program that uses the iSight as a video source. [more inside]
posted by squink on Dec 14, 2005 - 7 answers

Can I tell iSight to not autofocus?

Is there anyway to set an Apple iSight's focus to infinity rather than the default autofocus? [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Dec 8, 2005 - 9 answers

A place to meet folks for iChatting and/or iSighting

So I'm interested in finally using my iChat to meet and hang out with folks online, as well as use my iSight for something more than scanning books. Does anybody know of fun ways to meet folks in iChat? Perhaps a community or two? [more inside]
posted by NewGear on Mar 29, 2005 - 3 answers

iSight as security camera?

Is it possible to rig up my iSight camera (Mac OS X) to essentially act as a security camera? I'd like to record the footage it sees for "x" hours before overwriting, and ideally have it motion-activated so it only records when it detects movement.
posted by robbie01 on Mar 1, 2005 - 5 answers

Mac and PC Videoconferencing

What's the best solution for videoconferencing between a Mac with iSight and a PC with an USB webcam? [more inside]
posted by rubin421 on Dec 8, 2004 - 4 answers

Images quit refreshing using iSight / iBook / EvoCam.

An iSight / iBook / EvoCam question concerning non-refreshing images and possibly firewire power inside ... [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Dec 7, 2004 - 2 answers

iSight connection overseas

I'm stationed overseas and need help with my iSight connection. Help me out MeFi networking gurus! (MI) [more inside]
posted by tetsuo on Oct 16, 2004 - 5 answers

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