How to Control Multimedia Content with Gestures on Your Mac

How to Control Multimedia Content with Gestures on Your Mac

Technology has grown really fast in the past few decades and we have all seen a lot of new technology coming to the market in the past few years. From pressing keys to typing words to speaking and having your machine recognize your voice, everything is now possible.

One new technology is gestures. A gesture is what allows you to use your body-parts to control your machine. For instance, you can just wave your hand at your machine and it will respond. Most of the time, the gestures are used while playing multimedia content. If you are a Mac user you have a cool app called ControlAir that lets you control the multimedia content on your Mac using gestures.

ControlAir is a free app at the Mac App Store that lets you control your machine using your hand gestures. Here’s a quick video that shows how the app works:

Here’s how you can get started using ControlAir:

Get the app installed from the App Store to your Mac. Again, it’s a free app, so there’s no damage to¬†your wallet.

Once the app is installed, launch it from your Launchpad.

When the app is first launched it should take you to the setup panel where you can configure the app to work with your Mac. Click on “Next” and you will move forward.

ControlAir welcome screen

On the next screen you need to align your head so that it shows up in the red circle. It helps the app to recognize your gestures. When you are done click on “Next” and you will be taken to the next panel.

ControlAir camera alignment

The next couple of screens show you some information about the app. So just hit “Next” on all of them and you should be done.

After configuring the app, you can use it with the following media apps on your Mac. It just about supports all the popular media apps out there.

  • iTunes
  • QuickTime Player
  • Rdio
  • Spotify
  • VLC
  • VOX
  • Gear for Google Play and YouTube

Just launch any of the above apps on your Mac and start playing a music track. It will check if ControlAir is working correctly.

When the music starts playing, raise your index finger to the webcam on your Mac and you should see a menu that looks like the below image.

ControlAir music navigation menu

Just move your finger around and the selection will change. When you are at the option you wish to select, lower your finger, and the highlighted option will be selected. The options that you can choose from are Volume DOWN, Previous Track, Play/Pause, Next Track, and Volume UP.

It works even when the media app is running in the background, so you don’t have to keep it open all the time you wish to use your hand gestures to control the content.

If you ever want to disable the ControlAir app from recognizing your gestures, you can click on its icon in the top menu, select “Disable ControlAir” and it will be disabled.

Disable ControlAir


If you are one of those users who always wants to have the latest technology in their hands, the above app should definitely feed your hunger for the tech.

Mahesh Makvana
Mahesh Makvana

Mahesh Makvana is a freelance tech writer who's written thousands of posts about various tech topics on various sites. He specializes in writing about Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android tech posts. He's been into the field for last eight years and hasn't spent a single day without tinkering around his devices.

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