How to Enhance Your Video Quality with External Cameras for FaceTime

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If you’re loking to improve your FaceTime calls with better video and audio quality, then an external camera might just be the answer. With an external camera for FaceTime, you can make the most of your video conferences and chats. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to use an external camera with FaceTime on both Windows and Mac systems.

When usig FaceTime on a Mac or Windows device, you can easily select your external camera as the default input and output device. On a Mac system, simply open FaceTime in the menu bar and select Video. Then choose your preferred device for Camera, Microphone, and Output. On a Windows system, open the Settings menu and select Devices > Webcam & Camera. From there, you can choose your external camera as the default webcam.

Once you have successfully set up your external webcam for FaceTime calls, there are a few additional features available to you. During a call, simply tap anywhere on the screen to bring up the flip icon over your own image. Tapping this icon will switch between front and rear cameras so that you can film from either side of the device during a call. You can also use an external camera with apps like Photo Booth (on Mac) or QuickTime Player (on PC) for taking pictures or recording videos with improved audio and video quality.

Finally, if you’re using Zoom, Google Meetings or Kast! on either platform then most systems will automatically recognize your external camera as a webcam without any setup needed from you!

Using an external camera is one of the best ways to improve audio and video quality when using FaceTime on both Macs and PCs. With these simple steps outlined above, setting up an external camera for Facetime calls is easy so that you can make sure that all of your video conferences go off without a hitch!

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Using an External Camera for FaceTime on Mac

Yes, you can use an external camera for FaceTime on Mac. To do so, open FaceTime and select Video in the menu bar. A dropdown menu will appear with a list of availble devices. Select your preferred device for the Camera, Microphone, and Output options. Then make your FaceTime calls with improved video and audio quality using the external device.

Changing the Camera on FaceTime

To change your camera on FaceTime, start by initiating a FaceTime call with the person you want to talk to. Once the call is connected, tap anwhere on the screen. This will bring up a flip icon above your own image. Tap this icon and your camera will switch from the front camera to the back one. You can use the screen as a viewfinder for the back camera, and you’ll be able to film from it instead of from the front camera.

Switching to an External Camera on a Mac

Switching to an external camera on a Mac is easy. First, make sure your external camera is properly connected to your Mac. Then, depending on the application you’re using, follow the steps below:

For Photo Booth: Click Camera in the menu bar, then choose your external camera.
For FaceTime: Click Video in the menu bar, then choose your external camera.
For QuickTime Player: Choose File > New Movie Recording, click the Options pop-up menu, then choose your external camera.
Once you’ve chosen your external camera from the list of options, it should be ready for use. If you’re still haing difficulty switching to an external camera on your Mac, contact Apple Support for further assistance.

Using a DSLR for FaceTime

Yes, you can use a DSLR for FaceTime! By connecting the camera to your computer via a USB cable, most modern DSLRs can be used as a webcam. To ensure compatibility, make sure your camera is supported by the appropriate drivers and that the version of your operating system is up to date. You’ll also need to install any necessary software or drivers from the manufacturer’s website. Once you have everything set up and installed, your DSLR should be recognized as a webcam and available to you as an option for FaceTime.

Troubleshooting Issues with External Webcams on Macs

There could be a few reasons why your external webcam isn’t working on your Mac. First, make sure the USB or USB-C cable is securely connected to both the camera and the computer. If that doesn’t solve the issue, try plugging it into a different USB port on your Mac. Additionally, check to make sure the webcam is powered on and set to the correct mode for importing photos – consult your camera’s instructions if needed. If you sill can’t get it to work, try restarting your computer and/or updating its software.

Using an External Microphone for FaceTime on an iPhone

Unfortunately, no. Apple iOS devices do not recognize an external microphone connected to the Lightning port during a Facetime session or phone call. This means that any external microphone you have will not be used for audio input during your Facetime sessions. However, you may be able to use an external microphone with oter video chat apps such as Skype or Google Hangouts.

Can I Use ManyCam With FaceTime?

Yes, you can use ManyCam with FaceTime! To use it, open ManyCam and the default FaceTime HD Camera will automatically be detected. From there, you can easily access the Transform options by clicking on the crop icon. This will allow you to rotate, flip, or otherwise adjust your webcam until you get the desired result. Once you are finished adjusting your webcam, click ‘Apply’ to complete your transformation.

Switching Cameras on FaceTime on iPhone 13

On the iPhone 13, you can easily switch between the front and rear cameras on FaceTime by tapping the Flip Camera icon. This icon is located at the bottom of your FaceTime call screen. Tapping this icon will switch between the front and rear cameras, allowing you to show yoursef or whatever is behind you.

Making an External Webcam the Default Camera

To make your external webcam your default, you will firt need to ensure that it is plugged in and the device drivers for the webcam are properly installed. Once the webcam is properly connected and its device drivers are installed, you can set it as the default camera in your browser settings.

In Google Chrome, open the settings menu (the 3 vertical dots at the top right of the window) and select “Settings”. Then click on “Privacy and security” and then on “Site settings”. Under Permissions, click on “Camera” and select your external webcam from the drop-down menu at the top. This will make your external webcam your default camera for all websites that require access to a camera.

Using an External Webcam

To use an external webcam, firt make sure that the webcam is plugged into the computer’s USB port. Then, install any software that came with the webcam or that you need in order to use it. Once the software is installed, open it up and follow any on-screen instructions. Make sure to adjust your security settings and preferences accordingly. Finally, test out your webcam by opening up a video chat application or by taking a picture with it.


In conclusion, using an external camera with FaceTime can improve the quality of your video and audio calls. You can easily flip the FaceTime camera to use the rear facing camera, as well as select your preferred device for Camera, Microphone, and Output from the dropdown menu. Additionally, you can use an external camera with apps such as Photo Booth, FaceTime, and QuickTime Player. With this improved technology at your fingertips, you’ll be able to have clear conversations no matter where you are!

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Sanjeev Singh

Sanjeev is the tech editor at DeviceMAG. He has a keen interest in all things technology, and loves to write about the latest developments in the industry. He has a passion for quality-focused journalism and believes in using technology to make people's lives better. He has worked in the tech industry for over 15 years, and has written for some of the biggest tech blogs in the world. Sanjeev is also an avid photographer and loves spending time with his family.