FaceTime video crashes - audio works

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by swisslad, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. swisslad macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2009
    FaceTime crashes when calling or receiving a video call. Audio call always works.
    This problem happens on a clean install of OS 10.11 and also when testing public beta OS 10.11.1.
    There seem to be no reports of this problem here - perhaps only affecting a few - posts on Apple Communities report a common factor is Mid 2007 iMacs (as mine!)
  2. pauliet65 macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2008
    Chalfont, PA
  3. pauliet65 macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2008
    Chalfont, PA
    Same issue here noticed it started after OS 10.11. Also running a Mid 2007 iMac. What gives Apple?
  4. swisslad thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2009
    Crash reports are sent auto to Apple and by Feedback Assistant if a Beta tester.
    I guess there are so few instances of us iMac mid 2007 users on OS 10.11 that its a low (or zero) priority with Apple.
  5. Eligos macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2009
    FaceTime worked just fine on Yosemite, now on ElCap, I can't connect a video call.
  6. Zerotolerance macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2011
    New Hampshire
    I posted yesterday about something similar since upgrading to El Capitan, though I have a late 2013 iMac. The problem is that the camera never turns on. Also fails in Photobooth. An SMC reset seems to correct the issue, but only temporarily.
  7. harrissjt macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2014
    Hi. I'm in Australia, and many people here are experiencing the same issue, only with a twist.

    When calling an overseas contact, Facetime forks fine for both parties. Then after about 10 seconds, the video of the overseas contact will stall and blank out with an error message about 'poor connection'. Audio remains good at the overseas contact, Home (Australian) contact retains both good audio and video.

    This occurs whether the Home contact uses an iPad on wifi, or Mac Mini on ethernet.

    I work overseas and use Facetime to call my family back home in Australia each night. It has worked perfectly for years, but since Christmas it has become unusable.

    I can make Facetime calls from my location to the UK no problem, but family calling from UK to Australia, and NZ to Australia are also experience the video crashing. Apparently (I've heard from other sources), domestic Australian calls are ok.

    I've tried changing the DNS settings of the home device, no good. I've tried using a vpn on the home device, no good.

    I've run out of ideas, and patience and had give up on Facetime. I now use Skype, that works fine.

    Strangely, I upgraded both the MBP (mid-2012) that I use when travelling, and the home Mac Mini (2011) to El Capitan as soon as the OS came out, but only started to experience the above issues with Facetime video in December. So perhaps they're not related after all.

    Any advice on a potential fix would be greatly appreciated. This really is doing my head in!


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