Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Fix FaceTime HD camera turned off on Apple Cinema Display

Here is how I fixed the "Camera is turned off" error for my 27" Apple Cinema Display
I have been running into lately an issue when trying to use skype, facetime or any other application that uses the camera. All of them says the camera is turned off. After googling around I finally found an easy workaround.
Open up terminal and type this command in
$ sudo killall VDCAssistant
After running this command your camera will turn on when a supported application launches.
Can't believe how easy it was, and now I don't have to do a full reboot to fix the issue.

You can create a simple function in your ~/.profile file so you don't have to remember the command.

function fixCamera(){
    sudo killall VDCAssistant
Then you can just open the terminal next time and run this command
$ fixCamera
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