Video chat

Posted on 2006-06-01
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
I have a PowerBook running Tiger, and I'm trying to figure out the best way to initiate video conferences with Windows users - Yahoo IM keeps telling me that the other person's web cam is not online, MSN Mac client doesn't support video chat with Windows users.

What do you suggest I use to video chat with Windows users on the Mac platform that will work the best for me?  Many Windows users that I know use Yahoo or MSN....
Question by:jpipitone
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    1. Does the pc user see your streaming video?
    2. Does the pc user engage in video chats with other pc users with no problems one way/and or/ two way.
    Depending on these answers you might try looking at a voip program and use it for chats. Right now Skype only supports pc for video in its beta and not mac, but maybe one of the others does. Another angle might be to use the live web cam feature built into tiger to stream your video and pick a chat program that works for the pc's transmision to you but that doesn't support mac video out, just the chat portion. Right now I am in a pc only environment and can't remember the little app built in. I will check when I get home and recomment. After that you might try to get technical and see what compression format the pc is outputting and see if you can  massage it into settings that the mac can live with. I will get backwith you on the Tger function. Ichat and aim 5.5 has been reported by some as working ok with broadband connection though audio support is still a no go. Others,however, say it was a nonworking nightmare.
    3. Are you using an isight?  
    this link may help you experiment.

    A program caled sightspeed has been also reported to work though with poor picture quality though it could have been a distance factor
    I am also aware of a clasic version of Aim which might give another workarround angle
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    I've been able to use iChat to video chat with many mac users and it works great.  

    Have you messed around with Skype at all?  there's also another video chat program out there that's pretty decent.

    No video though...thanks for your tips.  What is that link?

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