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How To Improve Your Mac Webcam Image And Frame-Rates With Better Lighting

Good Webcam Lighting Setup
For many Mac webcam users, improving the LIGHTING of your setup may be the single-most effective thing you can do to have a better video conferencing experience. Yes, there are several Mac webcam apps that can help _compensate_ for sub-optimal lighting. However, correcting your lighting setup from the get-go can make using webcam software tweaks unnecessary.

Inadequate Light: Insufficient lighting is the number one cause of poor, noisy and grainy image quality. It also leads to lower frame-rates and sluggish response as the webcam's electronic shutter operates more slowly to allow more light photons to hit the sensor before refreshing the frame. Adding a secondary, or sometimes third light source near your computer can make a world of difference.

Webcam Gooseneck Tripod With Ring Light

Adjustable Light Color Temperatures And Brightness

Color Temps: Inaccurate webcam image color is greatly affected by the TYPE of lighting sources you choose. Incandescent and halogen lamps give off very warm and reddish wavelengths. Blue-ish LED or Fluorescent light sources may cause your webcam's image (and your skin-tones) to be more greenish or purplish. By using different types of lighting sources together, you can achieve better video color fidelity, especially during nighttime use when ambient, natural sunlight in the room isn't available.

Multiple Light Sources: Use multiple ring lights or lamps, such as one directly in front (Key Lighting), and one or more to the side (Fill Lighting) to help minimize unwanted shadows. Some new Apple compatible webcams include a built-in ring light.

Mac Friendly Web Camera With Ring-Light Built-In

Webcam With 3 Adjustable Brightness Settings

Brightness Levels: Using dimmers, or incandescent lamps with 3-Way bulbs can be one way of being able to quickly fine-tune lighting levels. Shades and diffusers can prevent direct lighting glare and 'blowout' of the lightest areas of the web camera's image. Bouncing lights off a ceiling or wall can help improve overall ambient lighting levels at nighttime.

Ambient Lighting: Lastly, during daylight be aware of natural light sources like windows. Passing clouds on a sunny day can radically change room light levels quickly. Ideally, you don't want a sunny window of any sort directly behind you in the webcam's field of view. The camera will likely darken your image in the foreground and adapt to the background light levels instead. Backlighting should NOT be the primary source of lighting.

PTZ Mac Webcam With Remote Zoom Pan And Tilt : Logitech Conference Camera

Shopping for the best PTZ web camera for Mac video and voice conferencing? Logitech's BCC950 is a highly affordable, premium quality solution that delivers features most other web cameras for Mac can't. No additional OSX webcam drivers are needed. It handles both PTZ - Pan, Zoom and Tilt camera functions as well as speakerphone/mic capabilities - completely with sophisticated hardware.

Mac Webcam With Remote

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Mac Compatible Videoconferencing Functions

No other webcam for Mac offers remote control of camera pan / tilt / zoom functionality in such high quality computing hardware. Although some Mac webcam software for image control may allow you to digitally zoom or pan an ordinary webcams image, the Logitech conference cam let you control this via hardware with the tip of your finger - and not by fiddling around with webcam settings control buttons and sliders on your Macintosh desktop or MacBook screen. Both the base of the Logitech BCC950 and the optional handheld remote include a simple to use control pad for left and right, up and down, zoom in and out - full webcam control.

Mac Compatible Speakerphone Functions

Going way beyond the simple microphone built into most webcams, the Logitech videoconference cam also includes a full duplex speakerphone. It features both a noise filtering and echo canceling omni-directional microphone for transmitting and receiving crystal-clear speech within the room. Volume up and down and mute controls are also built into the conference cams base as well as the handheld remote.

Mac OSX Compatible Conferencing Apps

Because the Logitech conference camera is inherently Mac compatible and UVC compliant, you can use it with nearly any OS X video chat program or capture utility. iChat, Apple Messages, Skype for Mac, FaceBook Messaging are but a few popular videoconferencing apps you might use with this state-of-the-art Logitech camera. If desired, you can also use 3rd-party Mac webcam settings utilities for greater degree of image control, camera response and special effects.

Mac Conferencing Camera Tech Specifications

Here's a few of the Logitech Conference Cam technical specs of note:

  • First and foremost it's UVC USB video class compliant for plug-and-play compatibility with Mac OSx 10.6 or higher.

  • No driver installation is required in OSX, UVC webcam support is built into Apple's operating system.

  • The camera features a 3MP megapixel webcam sensor for full 1080p HD image resolution. (Though it's important to note that conducting true HD video chat sessions are limited to maximum 720p resolution due internet bandwidth limitations and varies with the processing power available in your Macintosh desktop for MacBooks CPU.)

  • An optical quality Carl Ziess glass lens assures razor sharp images at close range or across the room.

  • It includes an extra long USB cable and power supply cord I for greater freedom of placement on your desk or conference table.

  • It is a USB 2.0 speed device - although it's fully compatible on a Mac with USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports.

  • The camera has a wide-angle 78° field of view, slightly wider than most personal webcams for multi-person sessions.

  • Logitech's RightLight2 Technology assures excellent light sensitivity and color accuracy.

Apple Compatible Videoconferencing Camera

Benefits For Businesses Large And Small:

With the street price averaging around $200, Logitech delivers a premium Apple-friendly PTZ web camera with pan tilt and zoom functionality. It's also a high-quality microphone speakerphone with convenient handheld remote to manage a voice conference with ease and professionalism. Having such an affordable Mac compatible video conferencing camera solution can be a money-saving asset for businesses. You can save on travel time and expenses by hosting departmental or client meetings without having to leave the office, fly or drive to get business done. And you can do it without having to spend thousands on a dedicated videoconferencing system.

Benefits To Individuals And Consumers

If you're an entrepreneur or sole proprietor the very affordable BCC950 video conference camera can give your Macintosh based business a clear and professional edge to your voice and video calling sessions. Even casual Mac users will love this state-of-the-art Apple compatible PTZ web camera's laser sharp clarity and crystal clear sound quality. Add the advantages of remote control camera control at your fingertips, and you'll experience the most sophisticated Apple friendly video chat sessions you've ever had!