There’s something about a webcam that fascinates both Mac and Windows PC users. Maybe it’s the voyeuristic aspect of watching what’s on someone else’s camera. Whatever it is, there’s also an element of convenience in a personal webcam. These are the utilities that can be used to capture photos and videos from your Mac’s built-in iSight camera or any attached camera. The Mac can be used as a security camera, a nanny cam, a babysitter cam, or to check on employees, children, or neighbors.
One of the new kids on the block is Willing Webcam, which may be the least expensive Mac webcam app. Considering the price, you’re getting plenty of the money.
Willing Webcam grabs video and photos from both the Mac’s built-in iSight camera, as well as from external USB cameras, some IP net cams, as well as FireWire cameras (on select Macs). Basic features include a Project Editor for each camera which can capture video and photos in H.264 and a variety of image file formats. It also does time lapse photo captures.
Each video ‘project’ can be setup with specific objects which include a camera, watermark, date and time stamp, on camera text, and more. Unfortunately, the developer’s site doesn’t offer much how-to support other than a few clickable screen images. You’re left on your own to figure out the details.
However, that’s actually fun to do, and once you’ve setup a camera project you’ll be able to capture video clips and photos. It’s not the most feature laden of Mac webcams, but it’s an inexpensive entry level app.