MSN Video Conferencing on OS X


macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 13, 2006
Hi everyone,

I am a long time windows user. I recently aquired a Macbook and start to loving OS X. My friends are mostly using MSN and I would like to do video conferencing with them.

I tried to use aMSN in OS X. However, I am behind a router and I cannot find out how to forward port in a Japanese router firmware, which means the video conferencing option is pretty much disabled.

I tried to get Jabber with iChat, but the Jabber servers are really slow.

As far as I know, MSN Messenger 6.0 for OS X does not support video conferencing.

I was wondering if anyone can suggest an alternative for me.



Moderator emeritus
Jan 9, 2004
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
As far as I know, neither Mercury nor aMSN support bi-directional video conferencing in OS X. They both support webcam. But in MSN those two things are different.

I found the ref for Mercury:

Audio-Video-conferencing is supported on Mac OS X, however it is receive-only, due to an incomplete JMF library for Mac OS X. The feature is still relatively new, and so some issues may occur in use.
So if you can get your partners to switch to anything else, you're probably better off than on MSN... :(