reduced audio from other sources when using FaceTime

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by BL4zD, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. BL4zD macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2010
    I'm not sure if this is intended behavior in 10.9 because I can't remember it happening in 10.8 (and my partner's macbook air on 10.8 doesn't exhibit this issue), but whenever I use FaceTime other video sounds become reduced.

    I would like to be able to FaceTime while I'm watching a youtube or hbogo show but the sound is always too low. Is this normal behavior in 10.9 and is there any way to stop it from occurring?
  2. BL4zD thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2010
    can someone test this please and let me know if it's occurring normally or not?
  3. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Whenever I'm using DP8 Mavericks, I can't hear my wife's audio when she facetimes me from her 10.8 machine. My iPhone picks her up just fine so I know it's not on her end.

    I'm not sure when this began in 10.9. I haven't used FaceTime before DP8.
  4. BL4zD thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2010
    The issue I'm describing is different.

    Everything is fine during FaceTime calls. When I want to play a video or sound it is nearly muted and the FaceTime audio is all that I can hear.

    So now I can't FaceTime while watching a video with someone (like if I want to watch a movie with someone over FaceTime).
  5. figgers macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2013
    I am having the exact same issue with the Mavericks GM. It's really annoying.
  6. ZacNicholson macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
    I too have this issue. I wonder if its a bug or something apple is doing intentionally for some reason.
  7. kwokaaron macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2013
    I don't think this is a bug. I believe they implemented the dynamic volume reduction so you would be able to FaceTime without having the end user fiddling around with volumes in other apps. Obviously this is an annoyance. The only method right now is to use another app like Skype instead.
  8. figgers macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2013
    Havent been able to update yet to the new GM released this weekend. Wonder if this bug/feature was fixed/removed? Anyone?
  9. Sid-R macrumors member


    Dec 8, 2010
    Same .. it sucks. wish they had a control setting for it
  10. Crystal Shadow macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2011
    This is a problem for me too, anyone find a fix?
  11. BL4zD thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2010
    it's not fixed because it seems to be intended behavior :(
  12. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    Argh I absolutely hate this! I've been using gmail video for a very long time and their new "force" to use hangouts kills the computer (uses like 160% processing power).

    Tried facetime and it lowers volume in all other apps…. anyone know how to fix? I want to be able to watch movies and video with my wife at the same time…

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