The QuickCam Connect is a brand of Web camera manufactured by Logitech. It is among the lowest-priced in the Logitech line of cameras, and it was developed to work exclusively with the Windows operating system. As a result, the Logitech Web site does not offer software that allows users to connect the webcam to a Macintosh computer. However, third-party software is available at no charge to enable you to use a QuickCam Connect with your Mac.
Things You'll Need
- Internet connection
- Macam driver software
- iUSBCamera software
Find the software
Plug your QuickCam Connect into an available USB port on the Macintosh.
Navigate to the Macam download site, which is hyperlinked on the site or is available in under Resources below.
Note: When you arrive at this download site, the application will immediately begin downloading onto your Macintosh.
After the software has downloaded to your computer, it will automatically decompress and a disk drive icon will appear on your desktop. A dialog window will open in the Finder. The Macam application is pictured within the dialog window, and should be highlighted, then dragged to your applications folder.
From the "Applications" folder, double-click on the Macam icon and open the program.
Navigate back to the Macam dialog window that opened on your desktop after the application was downloaded from the Internet. Highlight and drag the "macam.component" to the "/Library/QuickTime/" folder.
Use a simple video viewer to verify that the component is installed correctly.
QuickCam Connect and iChat
IChat is a popular instant messaging application that comes with the Macintosh OS. The software download that allows you to use a QuickCam Connect with your Mac needs another piece of software to be compatible with iChat.
Unfortunately, this compatibility is not free. Navitage to Ecamm Network (see Resources) and locate iUSBCam, a software application that will make iChat compatible with QuickCam Connect. IUSBCam costs $9.95 as of January 2010.
After purchasing the software, download and follow the installation steps that accompany the application.
Tips & Warnings
- The great thing about Macam is its compatibility with more than 400 different webcams for your Mac. If you already have a QuickCam Connect, great. If you're still deciding on which webcam is best for you, this software certainly increases your options.
- Photo Credit Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images News/Getty Images
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