The built-in camera is decent and usually provides better photo or video quality than most Windows PC devices. For whatever the reason Apple chooses not to provide Mac users with many camera controls, so it’s necessary to look elsewhere if you want higher quality, a brighter image, or special effects. That’s why your Mac needs iGlasses.
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iGlasses is an add on utility for the Mac that serves one purpose– to fill in the gaps Apple left behind. What you get are the granular tools and controls you would expect Apple to make available in OS X, along with easier options to share, closeup zoom, and a bucket full of special effects.
iGlasses is simple to setup and use, and comes with the all important presets. The pop over windows display Presets, Effects, Adjustments, and options to Zoom & Flip the camera’s image.
While the Effects settings are interesting and comical, it’s the Presets that caught my eye. With a few clicks you can enhance the Mac’s camera image; colors, exposure, and the like, which simply make the images look better.
iGlasses also gives you granular controls over Brightness, Temperature, Tint, Saturation, and more via simple slider bars (though some numerical options would be handy). That means you can fine tune the image. And because iGlasses works well and plays nice-nice with Mac apps, it can enhance the video with FaceTime, Skype, Facebook video or nearly any add-on app that uses the Mac’s camera.
Run FaceTime as you normally would and iGlasses appears on a pop out window with easy access to controls.
The most recent versions of iGlasses have options to pan left and right, zoom in on the camera’s image for a closeup, and implement 3-D effects and face tracking. If there’s a better Mac camera enhancement app I haven’t found it yet (and I haven’t tried it with Microsoft’s latest version of Skype).
iGlasses’ developer has been responsive to customer feedback and support issues, and continually upgrades the app (I’ve used it for years), and not only does it work on FaceTime, it works with Screenflow and Camtasia and other Mac screen capture apps (the enhancement Presets make the built-in camera look better than default settings).