"It’s a really useful app that I think I’ll be using a lot, especially now that I’m on a lot more video calls…" — Jay Peters, The Verge
Mirror, Mirror on the Hand, Who’s the Fairest App of Them All? — This one. This one is.
Hand Mirror is a super simple app that lives in your Menu Bar (little cozy top right corner of your Mac) and gives you a one-click access camera check!
‣ Need to jump on a video call? Quick camera check.
‣ Need to quickly check your surroundings? Quick camera check.
‣ Need a view of your camera for when you're streaming or recording your screen? Quick camera check and drag the window around.
‣ Need to check your face because you're gorgeous? Quick camera check.
Here's what some really nice people said about this little app:
“One of my favorite apps of all time.”
‣ Sara Soueidan
“It is so good!”
‣ Dieter Bohn
“Every remote worker needs this Mac app - quick check yo'self camera reviews before you jump on that Zoom call!”
‣ James Doman-Pipe
"Mac users, Hand Mirror by @rafahari is by far the best way to check your video's look before jumping on a Zoom call. Worth every penny. Which is none. It's free."
‣ Keith Monaghan
“Still crashes on launch!”
‣ Tim Van Damme
This app does not record, collect, or send your data anywhere — for three reasons:
1. There's absolutely no need, it's just a feed of your own web camera.
2. I wouldn't do that, that's just creepy.
3. And most importantly: I don't even have the programming skills to do that. Seriously, but thanks for thinking that I did!
Mirror, Mirror on the Hand, Who’s the Fairest App Update of Them All?
"This one maybe? I don't know", here's what's new:
‣ Custom Keyboard Shortcut: You can now set your own custom keyboard shortcut, I went with "⇧⌥⌃⌘HANDMIRO" just because that's how my hand naturally rests on the keyboard.
‣ Right-click on the icon to trigger the popup menu: no need to open the camera view to access options or to switch inputs.
‣ Bug fixes (I hope): There's this pesky bug that would start the camera in the background, I'm calling that bug "Steven", but I couldn't reliably reproduce it. So just like any other bug infestation, I decided to burn the house down and build another one just to be sure (or refactor all of the code). I hope this fixes it but please let me know if it still happens to you!
("Steve", if you're reading this, I will find you, and I will squish you).
Ratings and Reviews
Just What I Needed
I wanted to check an old USB camera I had bought for my television (long story). How to do that? Well, this is the PERFECT solution. Simple, basic, and works.
The author appears to think that his programming skills are somewhat limited. First off, HE HAS AN APP IN THE APP STORE. I don't have that. And he's doing this for free. In the age of Covid and Covid inspired software development, Rafael is my programming hero of the month!
It would be nice to check sound also. You know, VU meters. Maybe a record/playback.
Being the technical sort, I'd like to get info on the camera. Pixels, that sort of thing.
I know, pretty demanding for someone who just got an app for free and loves it. But that's just me. Never satisfied.
Truth be known, having this app is much better than what I had before. So I really have no basis to complain, er, I mean, provide constructive comments.
And, no bugs so far. Working fine with an odd-ball Panasonic USB camera plugged into my Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 hub (because my MacBook Pro doesn't have any friggin' USB ports.
From a satisfied user of every quality app that Rafael has written.
The description doesn't even sell its best feature - always on top
The best thing about this app is that you have the option to keep your camera always on top. That means if you click on another app, it doesn't steal the focus and bury the camera feed behind the app. This is useful for those of use who want to record or stream video showing our face as well as our screen. In my case, I make a lot of tutorials and videos for my job and I like to be able to show my face and the screen at the same time.
Super handy in the age of WFH
Fantastic example of a useful utility app. Does one thing, does it well, and gets out of the way. It lets you switch between cameras if you have multiple, remembers which one you've selected, and even lets you choose the size of the preview. Widescreen views are shown, unlike with Photo Booth, so you can make sure that you are aware of what is going to potentially be seen in a call. 👌
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- Rafael Conde
- 5.2 MB
- Requires macOS 10.15 or later.
- Age Rating
- © Rafa.Design
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.