iChat vs. Skype video/audio quality

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  1. Diatribe macrumors 601

    Diatribe

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    Is it just me or does Skype have the superior audio and video quality?
    Whenever I do some audio or video chatting it seems subjectively better than iChat. (Both on a Mac tried close after one another.)

    Anyone have similar experiences?



    Edit: Wrong forum. If someone could please move that to Mac Apps please.
     
  2. clevin macrumors G3

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    i never find friend on AIM, so no idea, but i can compare skype video/audio to my pc's MSN video conference.

    I did noticed skype's video conference give more bandwidth to video transfer. just a feeling.
     
  3. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    how video is transfered is different between tha apps network and I believe codec wise as well. Although, I agree it is subjective. Might also be difference in cams as well.
     
  4. Diatribe thread starter macrumors 601

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    The thing is though, I have tested this with the same person on both apps. And Skype really has the clearer, louder voice quality and the video didn't seem to have as many artifacts.
     
  5. Poff macrumors 65816

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    Voice in iChat is low and dull - would be nice if you could amplify it.

    Video.. well as long as you're not on a G4-machine Skype might be better. I've never done the comparision on newer machines, but on older machines Skype is bad and hangs, while iChat is great! :)
     
  6. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    no it's not just you.

    Skype is way better at everything IMO

    sadly I just got the "Skype will no longer be free" Email.

    Son of a BI**H

    just when my parents got high speed internet.
     
  7. goodtimes5 macrumors 6502a

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  8. Music_Producer macrumors 68000

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    Maybe people need to read the info on the skype site.. skype-to-skype is free. Skype-to-telephone calls within the US and Canada will be free till this Dec 31. After that, its $29.99 for one year.. unlimited calling (or $15 if you sign up before january 31) That's almost free if you ask me.
     
  9. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Skype is still a free application. He's (been) complaining that Skype's one-time offer of free long calls to the U.S.A. and Canada has been finished, as they said it would be originally.

    Skype is much, much better for voice quality and reliability than iChat is. iChat seems a fragile application except for text chatting.

    iChat currently has better video quality but once again, the connection is dodgy. I hope that the people developing Skype settle on how to do the video so that it's clear and doesn't require maximum CPU time to do it nicely.
     
  10. Poff macrumors 65816

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    Wow! That's a great offer! I wish they did that in Norway too. Here it's pay-per-minute. I've got to recommend this offer to a few friends, though..
     
  11. g-7 macrumors 6502

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    I use both of them, and iChat has much better video (smoother, higher framerates) than Skype, and also launches much faster (two icon bounces for iChat vs many, many for Skype). The only thing that Skype is better is the voice quality, it always beats iChat regardless of the connection speed. Video in Skype is IMO worse, though.
     
  12. Cybix macrumors 6502a

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    i use both, but mainly skype. My wife travels a lot and we video chat.. MBP to MBP.. iChat sometimes wont connect, or when it does, it's horrible and choppy, due to the initial connection speed checking iChat does perhaps...

    skype just seems to work, and well.

    iChat, on a great connection, is flawless, and smooth.. h.264 to the rescue!
     
  13. Poff macrumors 65816

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    Just a question: what processor do you have?

    It would be nice if people complaining on Skype video quality would specify their processor, as Skype video for G4-processors is deliberately crippled.
     
  14. Diatribe thread starter macrumors 601

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    Skype just sounds so much clearer and louder than iChat it's not even funny. Apple should really do something about that. I just tested it again and with Skype I can actually do something else in the room and talk with the person while with iChat I have to sit in front of my notebook to hear what the other person is saying.
     
  15. Mydel macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm Im using both G5 (iMac and PowerMac) and Intel (macbook) and have to admit that both video and audio (especially) is waaaaay better on Skype as compared to iChat. But on the other side Skype tends to crash on me with video on and takes like 80% of CPU.:eek:
     
  16. g-7 macrumors 6502

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    I have iMac G4/800. I know the Skype video resolution is lowered twice on
    G4s below 1,5 GHz, I have used Skype beta that didn't have that "feature",
    but then it was taking 100% CPU time and was completely unusable.

    Sure, on Core Duo it works better, but it says something about the
    qualifications of the Skype team. I have seen Skype Video on my friend's
    MacBook: after a short while of video chat the fans went mad!

    I think they give to much attention to encrypt the Skype code than to
    make a good product. So much CPU use for video chat, while iChat can
    do the same on my mom's old iMac G3?
     
  17. exsanguinate macrumors member

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    In my experience I found iChat video to be nicer than Skype's, but the audio in Skype to be noticeably clearer to quite a large degree. Both work quite nicely.
     
  18. petvas macrumors 601

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    In my experience iChat has the better Video/Audio quality by far!

    With Skype the Audio quality is really bad, I always hear noises and many times I just cant understand what the other is saying. I live in Germany and have a 6Mbit DSL connection and I communicate with friends in Greece that have less bandwidth (512Kbps!!!) and I am sure this is the cause of all Skype problems. Still, with this bandwidth iChat works great and the audio quality is very good, so is the video one.
     
  19. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    well then as i mention before skpye uses a peer to peer technology and different codec than ichat.
     
  20. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I'd say that it's something else because I've now got a mobile phone connection and Skype still sounds good.
     
  21. petvas macrumors 601

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    Yes, but what could cause that?
    Does anybody know the Skype bandwith requirements?
     
  22. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    calling phones was the best part for me though..and I loved that it was free...:p

    oh well. 30 beans a year is good. check that, 15 beans

    thanks for the tip about the early sign up
     
  23. Scenicroadways macrumors regular

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    I have had so many connection problems using the video with ichat. Skype seems to work perfect every time.
     
  24. phungy macrumors 68020

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    iChat's video quality also depends on the host's bandwidth. It does get fuzzy with 4 people though but with 2 its quite good.
     
  25. cunnin61 macrumors newbie

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    Wow this IS an old thread. I just tried both with all other factors the same. Same connection to someone else with the same connection... we both used the same camera... the scientific result is... Skype blows compared to iChat... in both the audio and video areas.
     

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