Web Camera Image & Effect Apps For OSX

Logitech Webcam Software For Mac

The largest manufacturer of - and arguably the best webcams made - are from Logitech. In years past, they had a very spotty history of commiting to support Apple web camera compatibility whole-heartedly, but they've gotten much better as Apple's market-share and dominance has increased.

A few years back they released Logitech web camera software Mac OSX Yosemite, Mavericks, Leopard. It's technically not 'Driver' software, OSX handles that with the system-level support for UVC compatible cameras. It's more a webcam capture application Macintosh users can install to perform HD still image and video clip capture control. It gives more usability out of some of the more recent UVC compliant Logitech HD webcam models for which they specifically offer OSX support.

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910
Logitech C615 1080p HD Webcam
Logitech C510 Webcam
Logitech C310 HD Webcam
Logitech C270 HD Webcam

Newer webcam models that aren't currently mentioned on Logitech's support page (like the C525, C920 and other HD cameras) DO NOT work with this capture application. The app is hard-coded to detect only specific camera models. All cameras mentioned and linked above are USB Video Class webcams and the driver itself is part of OSX for basic functionality.

Mac Webcam Software For OSX

Logitech's OSX web camera control software features still image capture and video recording in Standard and High-Definition Widescreen modes at various VGA and HD resolutions - in compressed or optionally uncompressed format for iMovie imports. Sharing captured clips and snapshots to FaceBook, YouTube and Twitter is also supported. You can download the latest build of the Logitech Webcam Software For Mac OSX 10.5+ via this link.

Why you want it: Many older OSX video chat and capture programs can't or have a hard time taking full advantage of HD 720 and 1080 resolutions. Most are designed for 3:4 aspect-ratios and standard-definition snapshots or video at 320x240 or 640x480 VGA resolution. Logitech's Mac webcam software handles capturing clips at the 16:9 wide aspect ratio and HD modes far more intelligently. What it doesn't do: It lacks image adjustment controls - leaving all focus, color, brightness and white balance to Logitech's built-in camera hardware.

Logitech Webcam Control App For Macs

If you're tunning OSX 10.7+ and own a more recent Logitech HD camera like the 930e, you should download a newer Logitech Mac webcam settings app for camera pan, zoom and tilt and image adjustment functions of a C930e in any video-aware Mac app. It does work with a range of Logitech cameras, but it depends on the model as to which adjustments are supported.

Mac Webcam Settings App From Mactaris

Mac Webcam Settings Software
A few webcam Mac control panel apps written by software developer Mactaris at the Apple App Store are: Webcam Settings which is an affordable $7.99 Webcam image adjustment app for EXTERNAL Mac compatible web cameras (as well as a built-in iSight). This program works with many different 3rd-party Apple compatible webcam models from Logitech, Creative Labs, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Ipevo, Rocketfish, Gearhead and others.

If you have a Cinema Display, iMac or MacBook with a built-in iSight, the $4.99 Apple iSight ONLY version from Mactaris is called 'Sight Control' can give you all the basic internal Mac webcam image control you need for a better capture or conferencing session for your built-in iSight camera. An app called 'iVision' is exclusively for the original VGA FireWire Apple iSight cameras Apple used to sell.

Webcam Effects And Image Control Software For Mac

Webcam Adjustment Software For Mac
Regardless of what working Apple compatible webcam solution you use - whether it's a built-in iSight or external USB webcam for Mac - iGlasses from eCamm is the definitive Mac compatible webcam software to give you precise control over your webcam's image and a large variety of web camera effects no matter what application you're using. Check out the free demo version to give it a test drive.

Drivers For Old Macs - Obsolete Web Cameras

MacCam Open Source Webcam Drivers

For those old Macs stuck in time running early versions of OSX with long discontinued USB 1.1 webcams, MacCam helped many cameras with MacOS compatibility. It was quite a challenge for Mac webcam drivers to recognize all the different manufacturers, image sensor hardware and vendor/product ID codes - and just as much of a challenge to document Macintosh compatibility with over 400 different models from dozens of manufacturers.

IOExpert Drivers For Older Macs

In the early days prior to the UVC - USB 2.0 Video Class - standard, IOEXperts helped select models of web cameras function under OSX and OS9. Before UVC compliance took hold, a wide variety of USB 1.1 speed cameras with varying webcam chipsets and sensors made it difficult to support Macintosh. But IO experts stepped in and tried to support as many cameras as they could.