Feb 27, 2014

How to fix “there is no connected camera” error on MacBook?

When using Macbook Pro running OS X Mavericks, I’ve started to get an error message that says “there is no connected camera” when using FaceTime. Obviously there is a connected camera, and it worked fine until this issue started. Usually the camera will be recognized again after a restart, but that is not a satisfactory solution, especially when I am on a trip trying to communicate with my office. Any suggestions on how to resolve it?

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to be truthful, that same exact thing has happened to me. I have not found any resolutions.
Fix "no connected camera" error on your Mac

"Quit the program using the camera.

Open Terminal and run the following command (supply your password when prompted, but remember it will not show)

sudo killall VDCAssistant

You can optionally open Activity Monitor to perform this step, by selecting "All Processes" from the View menu, then searching for and force-quiting the "VDCAssistant" process.

Now re-launch your program and try using the camera again."

This is a fairly widespread issue. As you noted, you can restart to “fix” it. Another way to deal with it is to force quit. Here are step by step instructions from osxdaily.com:


  • Quit all open apps that may try to use the FaceTime camera
  • 2. Open Terminal, found in the /Applications/Utilities directory in OS X

    3. Enter the following command string exactly, then hit return:

    sudo killall VDCAssistant

    4. Enter the administrator password when requested, this is required to execute a command with superuser privileges as prefixed by sudo

    5. Relaunch the app that was attempting to use the camera.



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