How Do I Use My MacBook Pro Camera for Video?

If you own a MacBook Pro, you have a built-in camera that can be used for video calls, taking photos, or recording videos. In this tutorial, we’ll go over how to use your MacBook Pro camera for video.

Checking Your Camera

Before you start using your camera, you should check if it’s working properly. To do this, open the “Photo Booth” app on your MacBook Pro. If the camera is working properly, you should see yourself on the screen.

If the camera isn’t working, there are a few things you can try. First, make sure that no other apps are using the camera. You can do this by closing all other apps and trying to use the camera again.

If that doesn’t work, go to “System Preferences” and click on “Security & Privacy”. Click on the “Privacy” tab and then click on “Camera”. Make sure that the checkbox next to “Photo Booth” is checked.

Using Your Camera for Video Calls

To use your MacBook Pro camera for video calls, you’ll need an app like FaceTime or Skype. Once you’ve opened one of these apps and started a call, make sure that your camera is selected as the video source.

In FaceTime, click on the “Video” button to turn on your camera. In Skype, click on “Settings” and then “Audio/Video” to choose your camera.

Recording Videos with Your Camera

You can also use your MacBook Pro camera to record videos. To do this, open QuickTime Player and select “New Movie Recording” from the File menu.

In QuickTime Player, make sure that your MacBook Pro camera is selected as the video source. You can also choose whether to record audio from your computer’s microphone or another source.

Once everything is set up, click on the red Record button to start recording your video. When you’re finished, click on the Stop button to stop recording.

Tips for Using Your Camera

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your MacBook Pro camera:

  • Make sure that you have good lighting when using your camera.
  • Position yourself so that the camera is at eye level.
  • Use a tripod or other stabilizing device if you need to keep the camera steady.


Now that you know how to use your MacBook Pro camera for video, you can start making video calls and recording videos with ease. Remember to check that your camera is working properly before starting and follow these tips for the best results.