I thought I’d add a little how-to since a lot of people who bought the Chromebooks having been asking how to take pictures with the webcam. Especially since Skype is not (yet) compatible with the Chrome OS, people are asking how else they can take pictures or save videos using the webcam.
So, the name of the game is Facebook. That’s really the easiest way to take pictures from the webcam, also because that’s probably where these pics are heading anyways.
Also, I have listed the best working webcam apps from the Web Store below. Unfortunately getting either is a little bit technical, but I’ll break it down.
- Disable Flash 11.0 r1
Easier than it sounds. In the browser type in “about: plugins” and hit enter. Look at the plugins, there should be two versions of Flash running: 10.2 and 10.3. You want to disable Flash 10.2. Once you’re done close the window. Thanks to David Duez for reminding me about this step!
- Follow this link.
Here you can change your webcam settings via Adobe Flash.
- Change your peer-assisted network settings.
At the top of the box you’ll notice the number of tabs. All the way to the right you’ll find the tab with the picture of two people called peer-assisted network panel. Click on it and scroll through the list and find Facebook. Click on Facebook when you find it and toggle it to “always allow”.
Not finding Facebook on the list? This happened to me at first, I would just go back to Facebook try and upload a photo via the webcam and run into the expected errors. After that just go back or refresh the page and you should find it.
- Change your website privacy settings.
Next click on the website privacy settings panel tab: the icon with the eye and the monitor. Do the same thing you just did by toggling Facebook to “always allow”.
- Go to Facebook!
You’re done! Easy enough, just go to Facebook and click ‘add photo: take a photo’. That should do it.
Also: great webcam apps for the Chromebooks.
Note: you will have to follow the same steps for enabling the webcam settings just like you did for Facebook. Simply just go back to the first link and find these apps in the list and toggle the settings. That’s it.
I found a few great apps from the Web Store in the process. Here they are:
Easy enough just take a pic via the app. It also has a number of editing features.
Record and save videos (with audio) from the webcam.
Really the most basic app. Take and save a picture from the webcam.
Hope that helps! Especially for anyone not using the Chrome pilot program. Send me any feedback in the comments section, derp.