Photo Booth Video Freezing: What Should You Do?

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You are getting a video freezing error on your Photo Booth app on Apple iPhone. What should you do? 

We have tried to explain why Photo Booth video freezing error occurs and how you can fix that easily.

What is a Photo Booth App?

Photo Booth is an app on the iPhone. It was initially released on OS X 10.5 for shooting images and movies with an iSight camera. It is accessible on both Mac, iPhones, and iPads.

Photo Booth Extension Format

Photo Booth videos are stored using the MOV or M4V extension, which is the video file format designed by Apple Inc. for their QuickTime Player. M4V files are fairly similar to MP4 file types, except they can be secured by DRM copy protection if desired. If an M4V file is not protected, it may be converted to MP4 format simply by renaming its extension. 

Photo Booth is a fun tool for adding special effects to videos and photos that you have taken on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. It is not the recommended app by Apple for recording photos and videos. Therefore, you should use iMovie or QuickTime Video Recording, or a dedicated third-party tool.

Photo Booth is generally used to add special effects such as the swirl effect, flashes, picture edits and more. It can also replace the backdrop in a photo or video that is being recorded or one that has already been taken.

Where Does Photo Booth app Save Your Videos/Photos? 

Photos and videos made by Photo Booth are saved to 

~/Pictures/Photo Booth Library 

To view them, right-click on the Photo Booth Library and select “Show Package Contents.” 

You will have to go to another folder named “Pictures” to locate all of your photographs and videos. 

Videos and photographs recorded using Photo Booth can also be shared via iChat, email, and social media.

Errors Related to Photo Booth Video Freezing

You must be getting the following errors on your iPhone or Mac when using Photo Booth video recording app.

  1. Photo Booth Video Glitch after few seconds
  2. Photo Booth Video Freezes with no memory error
  3. No photos show up because Photo Booth is not saving your videos
  4. Photo Booth crashes when you start playing videos or photos

Reasons for Photo Booth Video Freezing Error

Here are some reasons why Photo Booth is showing video freezing error.

Memory Limit when Using Photo Booth

  1. If you are running other applications in addition to the Photo Booth software while recording, your Mac’s or iPhone’s CPU may be nearing its maximum memory limit. Try recording after you’ve closed all other programs.
  2. Unplug all connections while video is being recorded to assist minimize processor power usage.
  3. If none of the preceding solutions work and Photo Booth still stops or crashes, try running it in 32-bit mode.

Read/Write Permission Issues on Photo Booth 

  1. Press Control + click or right click Click on Photo Booth in the applications folder and choose Get Info to determine if you have read and write rights. Give yourself permission to read and write if you haven’t before.
  2. Similarly go to ~/Pictures/ now open the folder by clicking on Get Info. Again grant yourself Read/Write permissions so that you can save photos from Photo Booth.

Increase RAM on Mac – Clean Space on iPhone/iPad

One reason your Photo Booth app is freezing videos is because you don’t have enough RAM available. You can add more RAM to your Mac device to make the Photo Booth app work flawlessly. 

Similarly, if you are on iPad or iPhone you can clean up space so that the Photo Booth App works flawlessly without giving any errors.

Check iSight Camera for Issues

A Photo Booth is compatible with both internal and external cameras. 

  • If you’re using an external iSight webcam, your Mac’s built-in iSight camera, or a camera developed by a company other than Apple, only one program may use the webcam at a time. If you run or use another software that also uses the camera, Photo Booth may crash or quit suddenly. Closing the other program and restarting Photo Booth may resolve the issue.
  • When you record a video using it, check to see if the camera works in iMovie (from the camera icon somewhere down the left hand side). If it has the same issue in iMovie, it indicates a problem with the camera hardware, which will involve returning the Mac to Apple.

We hope these reasons will help you resolve the Photo booth video freezing error on your Mac or iPad. Let us know if there is another way to solve this issue and we will gladly add it to our blog.


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