Photo Booth is an application that comes with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.
UsageIt is often used to record personal videos, like entries of a video log.It is a recreational application, not very robust: To do serious recording, it is better to use QuickTime Video Recording or iMovie or dedicated third-party applications. It is recommended to avoid using other applications during recording, as they can steal computing bandwidth and video quality can degrade.
FormatsOn Mac computer with integrated iSight camera, it takes by default video and audio from it. Otherwise, it takes video and audio from any capable device attached to the computer, for example a DV camera connected through Firewire. Photo Booth movie files always have the same encoding settings, this is one of the Brands detected by Treasured.
|Mac OS X Version||Dimensions||Audio|
|10.5 Leopard||640 x 480||AAC stereo 44100Hz|
|10.6 Snow Leopard||640 x 480||AAC stereo 44100Hz|
|10.7 Lion||720 x 480 or 1080 x 720||AAC stereo 48000Hz|
|10.8 Mountain Lion||1080 x 720||AAC stereo 48000Hz|
|Fancy dimensions as 640 x 426, 800 x 533 and 1080 x 533 also found due to hardware limitations|
Failure modesThe causes of failure reported by Photo Booth users with damaged files are:
- Stop button did not stop the recording
- Computer ran out of battery before stop was pressed
- Exited out without saving movie (Photo Booth stopped without clicking the stop button, just quitted)
- Shut lid while software was running
- Operating system crashed and had to restart the computer
- Computer was accidentally closed before recording was paused
- User didn't hit stop before shutting down the computer. The file did not get properly finished
- Computer put to sleep without stopping the movie
- Accidentally clicked another video while recording, canceling the one in progress
How to repair a corrupt Photo Booth movieWhen a Photo Booth recording is interrupted before completion (for a number of reasons, like battery failure or lack of disk space), the resulting file is unplayable. In most cases, you can recover the movie following a few easy steps:
- Find the damaged file in the ~/Pictures/Photo Booth folder. This is usually the most recent file, and the one that you cannot open
- Check the size of the file to evaluate the duration of the recorded clip: Sometimes Photo Booth crashes or stops recording well before you notice it, and the damaged movie file contains only the first seconds or minutes of the "show". This can be verified by estimating the duration with the Time Calculator
- Use Treasured to preview the damaged file
- Send a Repair Request through Treasured if you are interested in recovering the lost video