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Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jer446, Oct 7, 2005.

  1. jer446 macrumors 6502a

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    I never thought of a webcam until my dad said in his office he is getting one for every employee.. They use Windows, and i would like to talk to my dad using the webcam, but im on a mac. If i buy an isight, will i have everything i need to talk to him?? He has also rooms in his office specially designed for webconferencing, but those rooms are several hundred thousand dollars.. Will i be able to talk to him no matter what i use? Will an isight work on windows
     
  2. Bern macrumors 68000

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    The only way that I am aware of to cam between Mac and pc users if you're using iChat the pc user must use AIM.

    Yahoo works between each.

    You will not have audio just video (correct me if I'm wrong anyone).
     
  3. dan-o-mac macrumors 6502a

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  4. Bern macrumors 68000

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    Oh yeah I forgot to mention that :D
     
  5. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    I would think that you would have no problem video conferencing with a Windows user.

    --Just what I would think ;)
     
  6. im_to_hyper macrumors 65816

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    Well, as long as you are using iChat or Yahoo and he has AIM or Yahoo, as has already been mentioned. On his Windows PC he can just get a cheapo Intel or Logitech camera. Or, tell him to hit up the refurb section of the Apple website for a $399 Mac mini ;)
     
  7. dan-o-mac macrumors 6502a

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    You are correct with yahoo you can only do video and text chat.
     
  8. jer446 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    would i be able to use my digital still camera as a webcam? It takes really good video, so that would be awesome and save me money.
     
  9. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Here are you options for video:

    1. You use AIM/iChat, he uses AIM.
    2. You use Yahoo IM, he uses Yahoo IM.
    3. You use aMSN or Mercury, he uses MSN Messenger.

    Done.

    To comment on #3, most people don't know that they can webcam chat with MSN users because Messenger on Mac can't do it. Most people use Mercury IM for Mac to do webcam IM with Windows MSN Messenger users, but it's slow. You can't get more than 6-7 fps. Even the creator says you could probably never get 8 fps because it's slow, as it's Java based and there's something weird in how it does video.

    However, aMSN is the option I never hear people talk about. Get aMSN for your Mac, and use it. Simple stupid easy to use. Just get a Mac compatible camera.

    Only expensive Logitech ones work on Macs, the iSight, and several others. You don't have many choices. The Macally IceCam is what I have, and it works very very well, although it won't work with iChat out of the box because Apple wants you to use a FireWire webcam with iChat, and how many of those are there? iSight, and a few others, I believe. There's another program that allows you to use regular USB webcams with iChat, but this USB webcam still must be Mac compatible. The Macally IceCam is compatible with Macs, and is cheap. ;)


    aMSN website

    There's a forum for aMSN that'll help you bigtime if you run into trouble.
     
  10. dan-o-mac macrumors 6502a

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    If your digicam supports using it as a webcam.
     
  11. jer446 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    how could i find out if it is supported, it is a canon sd500..
     

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