Pixelink does not supply a Macintosh API for our Pixelink Imaging Products. However, this article directs users to third-party sources for compatible libraries/software and 1394 drivers.


Please note: Pixelink does not provide Macintosh support or Macintosh-compatible software, and therefore may be unable to answer any questions regarding development or use of the camera within this operating system.

Mac OS X provides built-in support for IIDC-compliant 1394 devices. According to some third-party sources, users wishing to ensure maximum compatibility between their Pixelink cameras and Macintosh platforms should have the following installed:

  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later

  • QuickTime X or later and the QTKit framework API

The MyRecorder sample program in the Mac OS X Reference Library illustrates using the QTKit framework API with IEEE-1394 cameras:

OpenCV 2.1

OpenCV is a free open source, cross-platform library focusing on real-time image processing. Version 2.1 of OpenCV provides a QTKit backend interface for Mac OS X.

The sample program found here illustrates using OpenCV in conjunction with the QTKit API and OpenGL to program a IEEE-1394 camera.

libdc1394 Control Library

libdc1394 is a free open source library that is intended to provide a high level programming interface for application developers who wish to control IEEE 1394 based cameras that conform to the 1394-based Digital Camera Specification. Macintosh OS X compatibility was introduced in version 2.0 of the library; refer to the libdc1394 section in SourceForge for compatibility details.

Pixelink is committed to working with Macintosh 1394 software/driver developers to ensure proper product compatibility. For information on specific software features and compatibility range, users are encouraged to contact the relevant parties for further details.

USB 3.0 Cameras

Some customers have reported using PL-D cameras on a Mac by installing Windows in a Boot Camp partition, or by using Parallels Desktop.