Most Macs have a built-in camera, perfect for video calls with FaceTime, iChat, and Skype. The only problem with the camera Apple provides is the video quality. It’s an inexpensive camera with nominal low light capability. One of my favorite enhancements is iGlasses, an add on app that brings special effects, color adjustments, and video quality improvements to the Mac’s camera.
Install the latest version of iGlasses and fire up iChat to check the video quality enhancements.
Simply select iGlasses as the camera and all the extras are available.
First, iGlasses gives you control over color adjustments, from Exposure to White Blance, and Contrast to Saturation.
Second, iGlasses features Zoom and Flip so you can reverse the camera image and zoom in for a close up.
Finally, a little eye candy.
iGlasses also has a few dozen effects, circa Photo Booth.
That’s not all.
Not only can you enhance the camera’s image, you can share images by simply dropping a photo onto iGlasses during your video call. Instead of you on the video, your photo is displayed instead.
iGlasses fakes out your Mac and poses as a camera selection, so it works in Lion with iChat, FaceTime, Skype, and even Google Talk and Facebook video.
Of course, it’s totally try-before-you-buy. The only negative I can mention has to do with the video enhancement button. It’s the little gear in the upper right corner of the iGlasses window. That needs to be more prominent. Otherwise, well done. Again.