How to Install QuickCam Connect on a Macintosh

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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.

References

  • Photo Credit Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images News/Getty Images
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