OS X 10.8.5 breaks MacBook Air FaceTime camera support for some apps, here's how to fix it
The latest OS X update has caused some problems with the FaceTime camera on the latest MacBook Air model, leaving certain third-party apps like Skype unable to use the camera. The problem apparently concerns 32-bit apps that use the camera, including Skype and iMovie. OS X 10.8.5 updated a particular plugin for the FaceTime camera, but not for 32-bit apps, according to a Skype for Mac engineer:
The 10.8.5 update updated a CoreMediaIO plugin that accesses the MBA camera, but didn't bundle the 32-bits version of it. Other (older and newer) versions of the OS do include a universal version (32 and 64 bits), but not 10.8.5. This means 32-bits apps such as Skype or iMovie cannot load the plugin, making the built-in facetime camera invisible to these them.
It appears that this issue does not affect external cameras. Until a fix is issued, users will have to rely on this workaround:
- You need Time Machine
- Go to folder /Library/CoreMediaIO/Plug-Ins/DAL/
- Copy AppleCamera.plugin to good place (usb memory stick is the best place).
- Go to Time machine in date that skype work fine.
- Change AppleCamera.plugin with file from Time Machine
- Restart system, Now skype need to work with camera. This solution is only for this time until Apple make update for this problem!!!
A download for the plugin is also provided.