New to the Web Cam world

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Pyrotechnic, May 2, 2009.

  1. Pyrotechnic macrumors 6502

    Pyrotechnic

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    OK, having now got used to my new Mac, I am looking into the isight camera and iChat. However, after plenty of searching, I am still struggling to get my head around how it all works and how best to use it with all my friends etc.

    My only experience of video chat is by using Skype on a friends machine once which I thought was pretty cool at the time.

    I have friends on MSN, Skype and probably on other software.

    How do I best make use of my iSight camera. If I set up ichat, will my friends be able to see me or will I have to download and install all the different types of software etc so I can speak with them all. It seems more trouble than its worth ?

    Any answers in laymans terms would be appreciated.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I find iChat works best with iChat for video conferencing.

    If your friends already have Skype it's probably easiest to just download that. Registration is free, as is video conferencing.
     
  3. sn00pie macrumors 6502a

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    Yep. We have to wait until the next Messenger comes out before we can use our iSight with MSN :(
     
  4. apersianboyCOM macrumors 6502

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    You can use your iSight with aMSN :)
     
  5. sn00pie macrumors 6502a

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  6. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Supposedly the new version of MSN is going to support video, whenever it comes out.
     
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  8. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It has it, kind of. There's a MeBeam plugin you can install. People seem to have mixed results with it though, it's been a while since I've used it since I just use Skype (good) or Yahoo (lacking) for video chat.
     

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