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Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by obeygiant, Jun 27, 2003.
Very nice iSight Packaging.
have you been impressed with it. i havent , looks cool on my display though.
Really cool pics... makes me want to see one in person.
But, uh, why is this in the Distributed Computing forum?
Looks a lot like the 3rd Gen iPod packaging, and to be that close to excellence can never hurt.
So far, I've been impressed with its ease of use. Literally plug and play. At full screen the video is a little pixel-y but I guess that is to be expected. The audio during some chats seems to get muffled over time. The FPS doesn't slow too much when it gets into low light.
If you have a PB on airport, like we do, you can give someone across country the dime tour of your house by just carrying the book and the iSight around. It's kinda fun.
All around, its a nice little gizmo. The little experience I've had with video-conferencing has been troublesome until now. This is more than easy to set up and go. The packaging is very classy too. I haven't been impressed like that since I opened my iMac.
If this is in "Distributed Computing forum" i'm sorry. I thought it was in "Mac Topics"...
Why not? I love mine. It does a far better job than I expected (though I am a pessimist). Great sound, solid video performance. Color/brightness/contrast issues will be resolved in future releases of iChat (I assume) as the camera is capable of adjustments, but the software isn't. For more info, I refer you to:
I think apple wants maximum simplicity tho and that may mean the loss of control on certain items in the isights picture and video quality
i cant get it to work over a LAN. i think its just the ichat software. everytime i connect to someone over the lan it gives me a "person is another conference." this is over audio and video. althought this isnt a problem with the isight. but i have used the isight over the net and quality wsnt that great, but i guess thats expected, but it sure as hell looked good with steve and al gore. the more i play with it and if it grows on me more ill buy one. it does looks cool on my cinema display though.
this question mayhave been asked before, but will iSight work 'one-way'? As is having a video chat with on one side while just audio on the other...
This camera is a nice thing, although it only working with other mac / ichat users makes it extremely limited.
Sadly, most everyone I know and chat with is on a PC.
nice packaging, though.
yes the person with the cmaera must intiate this feature tho and the other use msut have ichat av of course
I'm not trying to threadjack, but obeygiant... what kind of camera did you use to take the photos of the iSight and its packaging? Was it digital? What brand? The photos look great.
Hey obey giant, got a serious question for you.
Can you hook it up to your PowerBook and start recording to HD automatically or even try doing so with iMovie running to do it? What I mean is have the PowerBook in your napsack and the iSight threaded through the strap to saddle alongside your shoulder to record.
Next can you even hook it up to a 1st or 2nd generation iPod to record images?? ANyone daring to try?
Just very curious since right now I cannot afford either of the two.
I took the pictures of the iSight gizmo with a Nikon D1x with a 28-70 f2.8 lens in natural light.
In answer to Prom1's question:
I've heard that the iSight doesn't work with iMovie, so I don't think I could record to the HD there. But I just downloaded Quicktime Broadcaster and have begun to play with that a little. (although I'm not sure how to start a web streaming event) There is an option to record to HD. Having the PB in a napsack may not work unless you were to leave it open so it would go to sleep. Besides you'd have to have a way turn on/off the recording. This is probably done best by a handycam or something.
In order to stream something with the PB and the iSight, you are just limited by the range of the airport. But I could walk around my whole house without it dropping out or anything....
quicktime broadcaster is difficult, only if you dont read the instructions. go read them on apples page and youll be up in no time.
read the directions?
well before i read the directions, i have to try all the buttons, get frustrated, and walk away. Then I'll be ready to read the directions..... tongue firmly in cheek..
but thanks I'm gunna try it...
The box looks almost identical to the new iPod boxes, and I was very impressed with the packaging when I got my iPod.
can't wait til they start to update the camera's features and flexibility....
Aluminum Powerbook 15
i bought mine a few days ago and also took some pics