Sunday, 4 September 2011

Get better video quality on Skype with the iSight camera

 I was a bit surprised when I wasn't testing out Skype today about the low quality of the built-in iSight camera of my MacBook. While the iSight supports 640x480 resolution, apparently Skype only uses 320x240 pixels.

However, there is a small tweak to overcome this. Using the terminal or Finder, go to:

~/Library/Application Support/Skype/yourskypeusername/

then edit the file "config.xml" with your favourite text editor and find the lines where it says:

    <video> 
        <device>Built-in iSight</device> 
    </video>

and change that to:

    <video> 
        <captureheight>480 </captureheight> 
        <capturewidth>640 </capturewidth> 
        <device>Built-in iSight</device> 
    </video>

to take full advantage of the resolution of your iSight camera. I have tested this on Skype 2.8 and it works great!

Source: Softonic

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