webcams on msn

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  1. woodydr macrumors newbie

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    i have just brought my son a mac apple laptop and he has downloaded msn on it and webcam dont work on it!

    can anyone please help me on this proplem?:)
     
  2. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    Is it one with the camera built in? I'm a Mac newbie but I'm PRETTY sure the built in cameras dont work with any program but ichat (I THINK)
     
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    MSN doesn't support webcams :(

    Your son may be able to use Skype instead, if he must use MSN then I believe that there is a third-party MSN client called Mercury that supports webcams.
     
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  5. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I use Mercury with my iSight webcam instead of MSN Messenger. The newest version is almost ready.
     
  6. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    Is that right that cameras built into imac etc will only work with certain mac programs?
     
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    I'm not really sure what you're asking; the software does of course need to be written to use a webcam, for example you wouldn't be able to use a camera in a spreadsheet.
     
  8. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    I heard from my friend (who has a very old imac) that the cameras built into the imacs, laptops etc can't be used in MSN or anything except ichat (i think thats what she said) Is she wrong?
     
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    She is wrong, mine (built into an Intel iMac) works perfectly in Skype, as well as other apps.
     
  10. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    Thank you for clearing that up for future reference - If I ever decide to buy an imac or laptop with one of those cameras built in. Thought it sounded a bit weird you could only use the camera with certain chat apps and not others.
     
  11. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000

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    WARNING, Skype for Mac with video is merely a preview, it may not work properly and may ruin your system. Hopefully it won't be too much longer before it will be a beta, btu until then iChat AV is the only stable OS X app that supprots video.
     
  12. Willis macrumors 68020

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    yahoo messenger also supports the iSight camera. its just MSN doesnt. another 3rd party app is called aMsn. it isnt that good, but it supports webcams.
     
  13. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    *mumbles something about his candidate for most frequently requested search the forums issue*

    Here are the links:

    http://www.mercury.to
    http://amsn.sourceforge.net

    I use the first one. Video conferencing (audio/video) is imperfect, but webcam (video/text) is fine. Have fun. :)
     
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  15. LastLine macrumors 65816

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    Does the new Skype support cross communication between Windows and OS X using video? I tried with a friend earlier and neither of us could see anything. Anu thoughts>?
     
  16. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    This is probably too obvious, so please don't get mad at me for asking, but do you have the right version of Skype? There is a special pre-release that does video on Mac -- the release version does not. You must have this version.
     
  17. LastLine macrumors 65816

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    Oh yeah, had the right version and all - just couldn't see each other when the video was running (could see my own preview - but not the other person)
     
  18. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Concerning the OP:::::::::


    aMSN is a MSN client that supports webcams. It's free to download...
     
  19. lamina macrumors 68000

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    I agree with the previous poster. aMSN works great. I can even use my digital video camera (the kind you make home movies with) as a webcam.
     
  20. Texas04 macrumors 6502a

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    Use aMSN for a video confrence on MSN if you want. iChat works great with the camera, iMovie works great w/ the Camera.. and a few other apps work great with the camera. MSN Messenger is a Microsoft program and they arent always as crazy about making new versions of those types of programs for the Mac platform.

    www.versiontracker.com
    look for versions of your favorite programs/apps there :)
     

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