ASUS USB2.0 Webcam

2011-05-04
2013-05-09
  • The ASUS USB2.0 Webcam, which is integrated with my new VK278 monitor) is not working at all with macam. It is recognized in Apple's Photobooth, but no picture is actually taken. System profiler indicates the following information:

    ASUS USB2.0 Webcam:

      Product ID: 0xb1f2
      Vendor ID: 0x04f2  (Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd.)
      Version: 73.26
      Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec
      Manufacturer: Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd.
      Location ID: 0x24400000
      Current Available (mA): 500
      Current Required (mA): 500

     
  • rkhedges
    rkhedges
    2012-04-24

    Hi, I too need help with this webcam.
    Skype recognises the camera as ASUS USB2.0 Webcam #2. It shows a black screen, and the blue light on the webcam comes on saying it's in use.
    I think it only has #2 because I tried changing the USB port it was in.

    Photo Booth does exactly the same as Skype.
    And Image Capture says "No camera or scanner connected.".

    Does anyone have a driver for this, or an alternative driver that will work with this, or even any alternative solution that doesn't involve getting a new monitor/webcam, for OS X 10.6.8?

     
  • rkhedges
    rkhedges
    2012-04-30

    I think the reason for the camera playing up as it does is because of the resolution. Of course that's not the actual reason, but lowering it seems to fix it when using USBVision.
    I think if we can manually lower the resolution with the programs we want to use, it might work. - Of course this is only so with the programs that actually pick up the webcam.

    If we don't have a driver, lowering the resolution to get it to work with some software is the next best thing I suppose.

    I'm going to see if I can find a standard driver that I can modify to work with the VKK278 cam in it's normal monitor. If anyone knows of a standard driver to get me started I'd love for you to give me a link to it.

     
  • rkhedges
    rkhedges
    2012-05-01

    Ok, I've come up with a temporary solution. It's not perfect at all, but hey it'll do for now until I come up with another one.

    I posted this elsewhere first, so I've just quoted it for you.

    Download a nice little program called CamTwist from here:

    http://www.2shared.com/file/InORDOoh/Acer_WebCam_solution.html

    Install CamTwist, then open it up.

    In the first column, 'Step 1', select Webcam. Then click 'Select' at the bottom of the list.

    Ignore step 2.

    Step 3, click 'Save Setup'. Type any name, I just typed 'ASUS Cam'.

    Now open the program you want to use your webcam on. Photo Booth, Skype, whatever. Select the webcam/input source in the preferences of the program as 'Cam Twist'. Then in Cam Twist click your saved setup in the 'Saved Setups' list (mine is ASUS Cam), and click the 'Select' button at the bottom. - You can also select 'Auto load' to have it load that setup every time.

    You should now see yourself on the program you selected.

    The only downsides:

    1. You have to keep CamTwist running in order for your webcam to work.

    2. The cam is always on - if you have a light to say when your cam is in use, it'll be on as CamTwist is running.

    Number 2 of course can be a flaw, because people can watch you through your webcam, and the only way you know if someone's doing that (for the average user) is if the light's on. So make sure you switch Cam Twist off when you're not using your webcam.

    Note: CamTwist was not made by myself, nor was it made specifically for this webcam. I do not garantee it will work, nor do I take responsibility if anything goes wrong.

    I'll be back soon with a better, alternative method.

     
  • ASM
    ASM
    2013-01-05

    Thanks for this suggestion. It did work for me with Photo Booth but does not seem to work with Skype. The ASUS support folks seem to think this should all work out of the box but it surely doesn't. If anyone has found out any other option it would be appreciated.