How to Flip a Photo Booth Video

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How to Flip a Photo Booth Video
Photo Booth video will record a mirror image that must be flipped manually. (video camera image by rafalwit from

If have a version of Photo Booth for Mac that allows you to shoot video then you have noticed that the video image created is a mirror image. You need to flip the video image for it to appear correctly (ie for text not to appear backwards). Unlike with photos taken with Photo Booth, there is no choice on the tool bar to do this. You will need to install Xcode on your Mac so you can edit the Flip Patch in Quartz composer, a tool included in Xcode. Xcode is available for free from Apple.

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Things you need

  • Xcode

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  1. 1

    Hold down the control key and click with your mouse or touchpad on the icon for Photo Booth. This will not start the program, but will open a pop-up menu that is attached to the program.

  2. 2

    Select "Show Package Contents" from the pop-up menu and then highlight and double click on "Resources."

  3. 3

    Double click on the file name, effect.qtz. This will automatically open in the Quartz composer in the program Xcode.

  4. 4

    Locate "Flip" in the patch list shown in Quartz composer window. Click on "Flip" to select it and then click on the gear icon (the picture of a gear wheel with teeth) on the toolbar. This will open the selected patch for editing. You will see a new window labelled "Patch Parameters."

  5. 5

    Click in the box next to "Flip" and the "X" inside the box will disappear. Make sure you are doing this in the section labelled "Macro Patch" and not "Flip." Both sections will look identical and have checkboxes labelled "Flip." Save your settings and your videos will now be automatically flipped in Photo Booth.

Tips and warnings

  • Check to see if your video is already flipped before investing the time in changing the parameter patch. Shoot a video of yourself holding a piece of paper with a word written on it in large letters. Watch the video, if the letters appear backwards then you need to flip the video to get it to appear correctly.
  • Later versions of Photo Booth or Macs using the Snow Leopard operating system cannot be modified in this way. The only way to flip the video created in Photo Booth is to export it to another video program (like QuickTime) that offers that editing option. Click on the Apple icon on the menu bar on your desktop and select "About this Mac." The number written below the "Mac OS X" label in the next window is your OS type: 10.2.x is Jaguar, 10.3.x is Panther, 10.4.x is Tiger, 10.5.x up to 10.5.7 is Leopard, and 10.5.8 is Snow Leopard.

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