Use The Builtin Facetime Camera On A Macbook

The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro both ship with built-in FaceTime HD cameras. The camera — named iSight until late 2010 — delivers 720p HD images when calling from your MacBook Pro to any Mac with a FaceTime HD camera. You can use the camera to call other Intel-based Macs, iPad 2, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPod touch. The camera is useful not only with the FaceTime app but with PhotoBooth, iChat and Skype.


1. Launch the PhotoBooth application that comes standard on the MacBook. The application turns on the FaceTime camera and uses it to capture still photos or videos of the person sitting in the front of the computer. Preview the image in the main window. Select the photo or video icon in the lower left corner of the screen. Click the camera or the video camera in the bottom center of the screen to activate the camera to take a photo or record a video.

2. Launch the iChat application that ships with all MacBooks. Click the video camera icon at the top of the window to open a video chat preview window. Video chat with other iChat buddies in your buddy list who are online. Click a buddy who displays a video camera icon next to his name for a two-way video chat. Additional buddies can be added to the video chat.

3. Launch Skype, a third-party free download from the Internet. Skype offers free video calls between Skype members, as well as low cost traditional calls to non-Skype members anywhere on the globe. Skype opens the FaceTime camera for your use on video calls.

4. Activate the FaceTime application, which ships free on all MacBooks. The application activates the FaceTime camera. View the preview of your image. Contact anyone in the contact list on the right side of the FaceTime window by clicking on a phone number. The person can answer your video call on an Intel Mac or on an iPad2, iPhone or iPod touch.