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Built-in Webcam not working?

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Novel Tourist

I have a Mac OS X which has both a built in webcam and microphone, and after using my webacm in other software (Photobooth, iMovie, etc.) it doesn't work on skype. Sometimes it works after I reset my computer and sometimes it doesn't, but it's really annoying to have to resset it over and over. 

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Community Ambassador

Generally speaking only one program can access your camera at a time (no sharing).  If any of the other programs are set to start up automatically when using your camera, they can interfere with the ability for other programs, like Skype, to directly communicate with it.  


The main solution is to either find out what program is hogging the camera and stop it from auto loading (or not releasing the camera) or use a program like ManyCam for Mac that will act as a middle man allowing you to share the camera with multiple programs at a time.


This topic has been covered a few times in the forums and the links below may provide you further insight or a more thorough solution:

Novel Tourist
Derided it!
Apple preferences--click on flash player--go to camera and Mic--click camera and microphone settings by site--click on site you want--click yellow button make it green,click allow--close

Hope it works
Novel Tourist
This also was the answer for me! I spent hours in Live Chat with Skype and they had no clue. I never would have thought to enable my built in MAC webcam through Flash Player. Thank you!!!
Casual Tourist

my webcam camera is not working, not even in photo booth

Novel Adventurer

Found it and its empty it doesnt give any options for websites. What is the website that you need to key in the flash player?

Community Ambassador

In the Flash local settings manager found in "System Preferences", go to the "Camera and Microphone Settings by Site" and add in the following website addresses: 



Novel Adventurer

Still no camera detected. 

Is there anything else I can do?

Casual Tourist

I followed the instructions for rescue of the videocamera but it didn't work for me.

Novel Adventurer

I had the same problem as you - those instructions did not work either. DO NOT move the original plugin that was in the folder into the trash! Keep BOTH the old and the new plugins in that folder and restart Skype again. Best of luck!

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