Wil iChat in Tiger support Video for "slower" computers?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by wwooden, Sep 6, 2004.

  1. wwooden macrumors 68000

    wwooden

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    With the new H.264 coming with Tiger and how it's really efficient, does anyone know if iChat will support video conferencing for computers slower then a 600mhz G3? My family has a couple of computers which are slower then that and it would be nice to use an iSight with them. It seems to me that if this new coding is more efficient, that would mean a slower computer could handle it.
     
  2. robotrenegade macrumors 6502a

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    I wouldn't think so. It's not that great as it is now. Just upgrade to cable.
     
  3. wwooden thread starter macrumors 68000

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    that's not what Im asking

    we have cable internet, it's the speed of the computer that's the problem (one is a 500 mhz iBook) which isn't supported for the video option of iChat, just wondering if maybe it will with Tiger and H.264.
     
  4. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    Usually higher quality video requires more CPU. But a more efficient encoder can reduce the hardware requirements to encode and decode video with the new H.264. Perhaps that it will be used in mobile phones will suggest that you don't a powerful Mac.

    Hopefully the hardware requirements will be available in a few months. Apple may just fudge them to be higher so people upgrade and build that requirement in the software. :mad:
     
  5. razorme macrumors regular

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    Try the iChatUSBCam (look on www.versiontracker.com). I bought this and had used the iSight with a 400 Mhz iMac successfully (I have since upgraded to an iBook and soon the iMac G5!)
     

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