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2014/01/26
Resolving Problems with 3rd Party External USB and FireWire Cameras in the MAS (Mac App Store) Edition

We are working on resolving problems with the Mac App Store edition of CamCamX2.app and 3rd party external USB and FireWire cameras.

If you are having problems with getting your webcam recognized by the Mac App Store edition of CamCamX2.app, please try this solution:

1. If installed, remove the QTKitVDIG.component driver (from System Preferences).
2. Open the CamCamX2.app bundle (use show package contents in Finder).
3. In the Plugins folder, delete or rename the QTKitVDIG.component
4. Relaunch CamCamX2.app

If this does not solve the problem, please contact tech support.

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By : Ms. Black Resolving Problems with 3rd Party External USB and FireWire Cameras in the MAS (Mac App Store) Edition 0 comments

2013/12/23
CamCamX 2.0, Safari 6.1.1 and 10.8.5

COMPATIBILITY NOTE:  Safari 6.1.1 on 10.8.5 introduced sandboxing for WebKit plugins.  Until we have a solution for this change, please use Firefox or Chrome to stream live to Adobe Flash-enabled websites.

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2013/12/16
YouTube Live Video Mixer Mac Apple

Bring on the school holiday pageants, local baseball games and armchair poetry slams… YouTube today announced that it is expanding its live video services to the masses. Everyone who has a verified account can now stream live video on YouTube, and verified accounts can now create a Google+ Hangout on Air.

http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/12/youtube-opens-up-livestreaming-and-google-hangouts-on-air-to-all-verified-accounts/

A major announcement! Now use CamCamX for all your worldwide broadcasting needs.

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By : Ms. Black YouTube Live Video Mixer Mac Apple 0 comments

2013/12/14
Remote Controlled Drone Camera (Hobby)

http://www.dji.com/product/phantom-2-vision/

I guess drone technology has an upside.

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By : Ms. Black Remote Controlled Drone Camera (Hobby) 0 comments

2013/10/26
CamCamX2 (Mac App Store Edition) and 10.9 Mavericks

CamCamX2 is compatible with Mavericks 10.9.

Based on our testing, CamCamX2 (MAS) works just as well on 10.9 as it does on 10.8.5.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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By : Ms. Black CamCamX2 (Mac App Store Edition) and 10.9 Mavericks 0 comments

2013/10/06
CamCamX2 (Mac App Store) new QuickTime(tm) VDIG Driver

We posted a minor fix to our QuickTime(tm) driver today. The VDIG driver is responsible for routing the mixer output from CamCamX2 (Mac App Store) into any QuickTime(tm) enabled camera app. This includes most webcam apps written for Mac in the past 7 years.

Recommended for all CamCamX2 (Mac App Store) customers.
http://b-l-a-c-k-o-p.com/dmg/BLKOPQKAM_esd.dmg

Also recommended (for Live Streaming):
http://b-l-a-c-k-o-p.com/dmg/BLKOPCCX2MAS_esd.dmg

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By : Ms. Black CamCamX2 (Mac App Store) new QuickTime(tm) VDIG Driver 0 comments

2013/09/14
CamCamX2 (Mac App Store Edition)

It's been quite a haul: months and months of nothing but IOSurfaceRef and OpenGL FrameBufferObjects with no creativity in sight.  So... tonight we kicked back (a little) to run CamCamX2 through some of our favorite paces.

Multi-camera live streaming mixes to any of your favorite cloud services. Anywhere you can webcam you can live mix with CamCamX.

APPLICATION / SERVICE COMPATIBILITY LIST (Partial List)
  • Adobe Flash 11 within 64-bit Safari
  • Skype (6.6.0.467)
  • Live Webcam Recording to YouTube
  • QuickTime Broadcaster RTSP
  • Adobe Flash Media Encoder 3.2
  • iMessage (Mountain Lion)
  • Google Hangouts - live broadcasts
  • Adobe Flash within 32-bit Chrome Browser
  • FaceTime* (Mountain Lion)
NOTE: *Requires sysadmin privileges

SYSTEM COMPATIBILITY (Tested 2013.09.14)
  • Snow Leopard 10.6.8
  • Lion 10.7.5
  • Mountain Lion 10.8.4 and 10.8.5
  • Mavericks 10.9
Since CamCamX2 runs in the application sandbox, there are certain scenarios which may be impossible with the Mac App Store edition. Please contact us if you need a solution.

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By : Ms. Black CamCamX2 (Mac App Store Edition) 0 comments

Mountain Lion 10.8.5 and CamCamX2 (Mac App Store Edition)

If you're running the Mac App Store Edition of CamCamX2, please contact support if you run into any problems with the live streaming drivers. We have fixes/workarounds for all scenarios.

Speaking of live streaming drivers, we posted an updated version of the System Prefs pane that has been signed with our DeveloperID certificates so it meets Gatekeeper muster. If you know what that means, you know too much.

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2013/09/05
CamCamX 2.0 (Mac App Store Edition)

If you have the Mac App Store Edition of CamCamX 2.0, please be sure to visit the support page and download the System Preferences Pane for the MAS edition.

This free download from our website includes one click installers for the system drivers needed for live streaming.

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By : Ms. Black CamCamX 2.0 (Mac App Store Edition) 0 comments

2013/08/26
Skype 6.6.0.467 best choice for CamCamX 2.0

Historically, Skype has gone through periods where 3rd party webcam / driver support was uneven. Our customers report that the most recent (6.7) builds of Skype are not suitable for use with CamCamX 2.0.

Instead, use the earlier build Skype 6.6.0.467 (released on or about July 2013) with our new CoreMediaIO (CMIO) camera driver. It seems to be working great with 10.7.5 and higher.

If you're still having trouble with Skype you might consider rolling back to an even earlier (5.x) revision, as all versions of Skype client are completely interoperable.

If you're having difficulty locating an official download for Skype 6.6.0.467, please contact support, we can help with that.

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By : Ms. Black Skype 6.6.0.467 best choice for CamCamX 2.0 0 comments

CamCamX 2.0 (Mac App Store Edition) Almost Here

iTunes reports that the new Mac App Store Edition of CamCamX 2.0 has been released to the store.

Depending on what international locale you're in, CamCamX 2.0 should be soon available here at this link.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/camcamx-2.0-webcam-video-mixer/id655342739?ls=1&mt=12

Remember: to enable live streaming to Adobe Flash 11, Safari and most other FaceTime-camera enabled applications, you'll need to install the CamCamX2Prefs panel -- a free download from our website.

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By : Ms. Black CamCamX 2.0 (Mac App Store Edition) Almost Here 0 comments

2013/08/11
CamCamX2 Shared Mode Camera Access and MacBook Air Mid-2013 Compatibility

The new MacBook Air (mid-2013, released in June) has a new kind of widescreen built-in camera.

Click the link to download the free BLKOP QKAM driver for MacBook Air mid-2013 FaceTime HD camera support.

This new driver also allows CamCamX2 and DotMatrix to open the Built-in iSight camera using "Shared Mode". You can switch between shared mode and exclusive mode.

The driver is packaged in a convenient System Preference Pane. Just download the DMG and double-click to install the PrefPane and then install the VDIG component.

The driver can be easily removed from the Pref pane.

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By : Ms. Black CamCamX2 Shared Mode Camera Access and MacBook Air Mid-2013 Compatibility 0 comments

2013/07/08
CamCamX 2.0

It's got a new AVFoundation driver that works with Adobe Flash 11.7 in a 64-bit browser and more importantly, a new icon. CamCamX 2.0 is the name of the upgrade, and registered users can purchase for $30 in the online store (you should have received a link via email). Contact us if you need to update our records with your current email address. It's still the best fake webcam on the Mac as well.
  • Adobe Flash 11.7 supported!
  • Safari 64-bit supported!
  • CoreMediaIO driver included!
  • New icon and fresh look without an exclamation point.
  • Compatible with all Macs manufactured since 2006, including G4/G5.

For all the deets too big for a blog post, check out the CamCamX 2.0 Data Sheet.

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By : Ms. Black CamCamX 2.0 0 comments

2012/10/21
CamCamX 1.811

It's multi-threaded, it's been optimized for better OpenGL performance, and it's still 100% CamCamX. Don't forget: under newer versions of Mac OS X, if you need to stream to a Flash website like Stickam or YouTube, you will need Google Chrome.

This is due to the fact that our virtual camera drivers are 32-bit and Google Chrome is also 32-bit.

Do you need a 64-bit browser? Why 640KB oughta be enough for everyone.

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By : Ms. Black CamCamX 1.811 0 comments

2012/09/02
ALERT: Google Chrome now best choice for Virtual Streaming

It's difficult for us to track all the security changes added by Apple in Lion and Mountain Lion. However, it is clear that some combinations of Safari and Flash do not support our virtual camera driver system (which is based on Apple-approved QuickTime(tm) components). If you're having trouble using CamCamX with Safari and a live web streaming site, try using the same configuration with (free) Google Chrome. You may also find success by using Safari in 32-bit mode, but users report that Chrome is the most reliable solution at present.

By : Ms. Black ALERT: Google Chrome now best choice for Virtual Streaming 0 comments

2012/08/25
Snow Leopard / Mountain Lion / Quartz Composer / CamCamX

CamCamX (and indeed each of our applications which support QuickLook) utilizes a special "driver shim" file CamCamXInput.plugin (CoreImage Image Unit). In Leopard and Snow Leopard, prior to late revisions of Snow Leopard (10.6.8), it was recommended that these optional driver components be installed here:

/Library/Graphics/Image Units

However, with changes to the operating system aimed at security, starting with later versions of 10.6.8 and Mountain Lion, the individual user's Library folder is now the recommended installation location for these drivers:

/Users/me/Library/Graphics/Image Units

If the CamCamXInput.plugin is installed in the /Library/Graphics folder, the output of the CamCamX mixer will not be available to QuickLook (Finder).

By : Ms. Black Snow Leopard / Mountain Lion / Quartz Composer / CamCamX 0 comments

2011/12/24
CamCamX Flash 11 Compatibility



Some users have reported incompatibilities running CamCamX with Safari and Flash 11. This is because Safari is now a 64-bit application and Flash 11 runs in 64-bit mode as well. To use Safari with Flash 11 and CamCamX, you must set Safari to open in 32-bit mode. This is done in the Finder using Get Info.

1. Locate Safari in Finder.
2. Choose "More Info..." button or "Get Info..." from the File menu.
3. Select the box marked "Open in 32-bit mode."

Google Chrome is a 32-bit browser. Chrome also works with CamCamX and Flash 11.

By : Ms. Black CamCamX Flash 11 Compatibility 0 comments

2011/10/02
Switching A/B Cameras (Internal vs. External)

If you have an external USB camera and you wish to switch the A/B camera views, here are the steps:

1. Under the Camera A menu, choose "No Camera".
2. Under the Camera B menu, choose "No Camera".
3. Under the Camera A menu, choose "No Camera" again: this will refresh the camera list.
4. Under the Camera A menu, choose "Logitech" (or similar). This should open the Logitech camera.
5. Under the Camera B menu, choose the "iSight" or "FaceTime" camera.

In general, choosing "No Camera" from either "Camera A" or "Camera B" menus will refresh the camera list. New camera drivers are only recognized when CamCamX starts up, so a new camera might not be recognized unless you quit and relaunch CamCamX.

By : Ms. Black Switching A/B Cameras (Internal vs. External) 0 comments

2011/08/29
CamCamX, Adobe Flash and Mac OS X Lion

There is a small compatibility glitch in the way that camera and microphone settings are accessed in Flash under Lion.

The popup window that appears when you first access an online web site that requires access to your camera is unable to respond to mouse clicks. The workaround is to make adjustments to the global settings for Flash.



Conveniently, the Adobe Flash Settings Manager is a hypertext link. Access it here:

http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager06.html

To Use CamCamX with Safari under Lion



  • Set the global Flash preferences for that website to "Always allow"

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By : Ms. Black CamCamX, Adobe Flash and Mac OS X Lion 0 comments

2011/04/19
CamCamX and Mirial Softphone

One of our persistent customers suggested we work on the compatibility with Mirial Softphone, a H.263 internet video telephone solution for the Mac.

The standard version of CamCamX flickers badly with Mirial Softphone. We were able to diagnose the problem and have a custom fix available (1.806 support release - contact us if you need it).

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By : Ms. Black CamCamX and Mirial Softphone 0 comments

2011/04/08
CamCamX 1.805 with QuickLook and Enhanced QuickTime Live Streaming

Version 1.805 of CamCamX is here along with full support for live streaming into any Snow Leopard QuickLook-enabled application.

Look inside the Leopard Goodies folder of the installer and you'll find everything you need to stream CamCamX output live into an iChat Theater session or Finder.

Also new in this version is CamCamX Live.mov. Start CamCamX and open this movie file in any QuickTime enabled player that can play looping movies and you've got a live output of your CamCamX mixer feed!

From your insanely great friends at Black Op!

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By : Ms. Black CamCamX 1.805 with QuickLook and Enhanced QuickTime Live Streaming 0 comments

2011/04/04
CamCamX issues with Skype 5.1.0.914

WORKAROUND: Maximize the CamCamX monitor window to Full Screen and share that Desktop in Skype.

CamCamX (and other BlackOp and 3rd party virtual camera drivers) have an issue with Skype 5.1.0.914.

http://goo.gl/BW03F

Skype needs to change the way it handles the isInUseByAnotherApplication selector for our camera driver. This issue would affect all virtual camera drivers including Google Talk etc.

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By : Ms. Black CamCamX issues with Skype 5.1.0.914 0 comments

2011/03/28
Snow Leopard 10.6.7 and CamCamX

One customer reported problems when running CamCamX under the 10.6.7 Snow Leopard update. We installed the update here and didn't have any problems. After googling a bit, we uncovered a variety of 10.6.7 problem reports related to repairing disk permissions on your boot drive.


Startup in safe mode and see if the problem still exists.

To start in safe mode:

Turn the computer off.
Press the power button.
When you hear the startup tone hold the Shift key. The Shift key should be
held as soon as possible after the startup tone, but not before the tone.
Release the Shift key when you see the gray Apple icon and the progress
indicator (looks like a spinning gear).

When in safe mode, do a repair disk permissions (Disk Utility.app).

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2011/02/07
10.6.6 and Recording

Starting with Snow Leopard 10.6.6, compatibility problems with QuickTime Player Pro 7 have been corrected and now you can once again record directly from the CamCamX mixer output to a H.264 (or native) movie inside QuickTime Player Pro 7.

Reminder:

1. Launch CamCamX.
2. Enable "Allow New Camera Connections".
3. Start/launch QuickTime Player Pro 7.
4. Open Preferences.
5. Choose the CamCamX virtual camera drive.
6. Under the File menu, choose New Movie Recording.

QuickTime player will continue to record your mix until you click stop. You can switch back to CamCamX and operate the mixer while QuickTime records in the background. You can also do this with Quicky and Quickier (our free recording apps).

By : Ms. Black 10.6.6 and Recording 0 comments

2009/11/26
CamCamX 1.701 for Snow Leopard

CamCamX 1.701 is now available for downloading. Included in this release are important compatibility updates for Snow Leopard. In addition two new camera mix-modes are included. Side-by-side CNN style (using this mode will bring in the A-camera "still picture" image as the background. And also Picture-in-Picture, which allows you to run more traditional news stories.

It's best to prep your artwork as 640x480 4:3 images for both performance and display.

Also, if you have Flip4Mac or Perian installed, more types of video can be used as sources.

Speaking of source video, check out keepvid.com - a site that allows you to download most youtube clips as .mp4. In general, MP4 clips are the best source format for CamCamX. We determined this experimentally by looking at the performance of various codecs. Sure, H.264 works great, but when you've got multiple cameras running and multiple webcam clients (Justin.tv and ustream.tv), it's more important to balance the CPU load by using traditional MP4.

By : Ms. Black CamCamX 1.701 for Snow Leopard 0 comments

2009/06/25
5-Camera Inputs Now Possible

We've been able to successfully configure a 1G Macbook (White) to work with 5 simultaneous camera inputs (Two USB cameras, two external Firewire iSight cameras and the Built-in iSight).

1. Get your free license to FourEyes3D (CamCamX users can email us).
2. Start FourEyes3D, use the [ 1 ] and [ 2 ] buttons as a 2 input switcher.
3. Enable Rebroadcasting in FourEyes3D.
4. Start Q@amera. Open the first Firewire iSight as the input. Enable Rebroadcasting.
5. Start CamCamX.
6. In CamCamX, select FourEyes3D as the A camera and use Camera B to switch between Q@mera and iSight #2.

By : Ms. Black 5-Camera Inputs Now Possible 3 comments

2009/03/17
Live Video Mix to Flash Webchat

Some Flash-based webcam applications are using the driver description string instead of the name of the camera in the camera selection popup.

This can be confusing with CamCamX. The driver description for CamCamX is:

USB Video Class Video

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By : Ms. Black Live Video Mix to Flash Webchat 0 comments

2009/02/27
CamCamX Live at The Permanent Record

http://web.mac.com/the.permanent.record/

If you have a media event you are producing with our products, we are happy to send you linkage to promote it! Viva la media democracy!

By : Ms. Black CamCamX Live at The Permanent Record 0 comments

2009/02/14
CamCamX 1.604 - Performance Upgrade Notes

We released a new version of CamCamX this past week which should provide a substantial performance boost, reducing the frame delay between the source camera inputs and the mixed camera output which appears as a virtual camera input in other applications.

By : Ms. Black CamCamX 1.604 - Performance Upgrade Notes 0 comments

2008/12/13
How do I use CamCamX with iMovie HD?

1. Start CamCamX and make sure the Allow New Camera Connections button is enabled.

2. Open iMovie HD and create a new project in the iSight format.

3. In the iMovie HD window, move the toggle button Switch to import video or edit your movie to the left.

4. In iMovie, click the camera icon to the (left of the toggle), and from the pulldown and select Built-in iSight (CamCamX).

5. Click the Record with iSight button.

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2008/10/30
CamCamX 1.601 Released - Mix Output to Secondary Display

Today we released a new version of CamCamX which includes the ability to mix to a secondary display. Most Mac models (including MacBook) have a secondary display connector.

Apple makes a variety of secondary display adapters, allowing you to run CamCamX mixes out to a secondary device. Run the CamCamX mixer on your main display and connect the secondary display to:

1. Composite and S-Video.
2. VGA and S-VGA Projectors.
3. Apple Cinema Display (DVI).
3. Plasma Television (HDMI).

It works pretty good.

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2008/10/29
Switching Built-in iSight to Camera B

If you have only one camera (i.e. Built-in iSight) and want to make it appear under Camera B instead of A.

1. Under the A Menu, choose No Camera.
2. Under the B Menu, choose No Camera -- forces refresh of available cameras.
3. Under the B Menu, choose Built-in iSight.

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2008/10/19
iStopMotion - Create Stop Motion Movies

Boinx Software has a product called iStopMotion that will allow you to create stop motion animations using CamCamX as a camera input. Check it out:

http://boinx.com/istopmotion/

If you have QuickTime Pro, you can also create stop motion in DotMatrix or Q@mera.

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