Monday's Mac Gadget
by John F. Braun
Need to Adjust Your iSight? Use iGlasses!
The iSight camera is a slick piece of engineering. For a camera that only weighs a couple of ounces, it packs a lot of features, including the ability to capture video at up to 30 frames per second. It can also capture audio with dual-element microphone that helps filter out noise. This makes it perfect for use with iChat AV, Apple's audio/video conferencing tool. Unfortunately, iChat AV doesn't always produce the best video, especially in low light conditions. The good news is that you can adjust the low-level settings for your iSight; you just need the right software. Enter iGlasses.
The first group of settings can help address the aforementioned issue with the iSight capturing an image that is too dark. Sure, you can turn on some lights, or get a SightLight, but the iSight itself is fully capable of compensating for poor lighting. The first setting you should try is (surprise) Brightness. But don't go crazy, since full brightness may be too bright. The Exposure and Gain settings can also help produce an image that is both bright and properly balanced.
Another aspect of image quality is how it looks once you have one that is bright enough. This is where another group of settings can come in. There's Hue, Saturation, Temperature, and White Balance, which can help make sure that your image looks as you've intended. Lastly, there are settings to help make your image as sharp as possible, such as Focus and Edge Enhancement.
Fine Tune Your iSight Experience with Advanced Settings
For those who don't want to spend all of their time tweaking individual settings, there are several pre-sets which can let you quickly adjust settings for several conditions. There's Extra Bright, Super Bright and Night Vision, for varying levels of low light conditions. The Black & White, Sepia and Crazy Colors can give your image an interesting visual twist, and Macro Focus will allow you to get your iSight as close to the action as possible.
Several Pre-Set Profiles Let You Quickly Adjust the iSight
Lastly, iGlasses allows the use of the iSight on G3 computers which are slower than 600 MHz. Sure, it may not be the greatest experience, but at least you'll be able to use your iSight. So get the most out of your iSight, and get some iGlasses today!
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John is a software engineer who works in the corporate R&D group of a Fortune 500 company, focusing on all aspects of communications technology. He has several degrees that claim he knows what he's doing when it comes to computers. After watching co-workers reinstall Windows, search for device drivers, and experience other horrors during the day, he's glad that he comes home to a Mac (compatible) computer. Have any comments, suggestions, or favorite Gadgets? Drop John a line at
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