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I am writing a program in C++ using opencv. I am working on Ubuntu via VMWare Fusion.

When I run my program, it seems the integrated webcam on my Mac is not recognized so I get the error message I coded when not able to access a camera footage. Does anyone have any experience with this and can give me some suggestions.

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  • I have some experience with Windows and Ubuntu only, both hosts and guests, and Virtualbox. Usually USB connected devices need to be passed to the guest via a function menu.
    – user931000
    Mar 27, 2019 at 7:46
  • sorry, does this also apply to integrated webcams. I have na USB connected webcam Mar 27, 2019 at 8:03

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If you haven't found the answer yet:

Power down virtual machine. From the "Virtual Machine" menu, go to settings.

Then, double check the advanced settings in the USB/Bluetooth menu and make sure they are at least USB2 compatible.

Then, again in the settings menu, click on "add device" and in the following dialog: settings dialog add device select camera here and you should be going.

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Certain cameras may not work well with virtual USB camera. Perform these steps to enable pass through of cameras in to virtual machine:

  1. Ensure to shutdown all virtual machines and quit VMware Fusion if its running.

  2. Open Terminal ( /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app)

  3. Run this command to change the current location.

    cd ~/Library/Preferences/VMware\ Fusion/
    
  4. Open the preferences file using vi or nano editors in terminal

    nano preferences
    
  5. Add this parameter at the end of the file:

    vusbcamera.passthrough = "TRUE"
    
  6. Save and close the preferences file.

  7. Launch VMware Fusion and startup your virtual machine.

  8. Important: Remove all existing camera devices.

  9. Click Virtual Machine menu > USB and Bluetooth Setting

  10. Select the Camera you want from the list to connect it to the virtual machine.

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