Multiple Webcams

williamcotton's picture

Hey guys,

I'm wanting to get a multiple camera setup going with Quartz Composer.

Before I go out and start buying some cheap webcams, I'm wondering what the best way to go about things are.

I borrowed a few cheap USB webcams from a friend and found that the built in "Video Input" doesn't work with more than 2 cameras at once.

I know that there are a couple of A/V patches that Kineme has put out, namely AudioVisualTools and VideoTools.

I'm going to be using budget cameras. I don't need resolutions higher than 640x480.

So my question is, if I want to be using 4 cameras, what is the best solution for Quartz Composer? Should I go with cheap FireWire cameras? Will USB cameras work? Do you know of any inexpensive cameras that I should take a look at? What patches should I be using?


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gtoledo3's picture
Re: Multiple Webcams

For the usb, use the built in, address to each camera correctly in settings, and then toggle one (or both?) of those checkboxes, and it will turn the secondary on. It's just a workaround, not a legitimate function.

Scratchpole's picture
Re: Multiple Webcams

I have used two Sony Eyetoy USB cameras at the same time previously, picked them up very cheaply second hand. Kimba23 on here pointed me to where I downloaded a modified version of the Macam drivers.

See here for more info about firewire cams as well: