Some of you may have noticed that the current version of Skype (5.3) does not support camera’s connected via firewire. This was a problem, as we were using Skype to host interviews for live webcasts. I found a really simple workaround. You can download a program called ManyCam that identifies firewire devices.
Here are the steps.
- Download ManyCam
- Launch the program
- Select your camera
- Open Skype/preferences/audio-video
- Select your device in the drop down menu
After the initial setup, Skype is recognizing my firewire camera without having to launch ManyCam again!
I am using this hardware/software setup:
- Sony Z5U
- Mac Pro OSX 10.7 (Lion)
- Wirecast Pro 4.1
- Watershed (Ustream)
- Skype (For video interviews)
- ManyCam (Allows Skype to recognize Z5U camera)