Video chatting help - Issue Solved

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by eyedoc_00, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. eyedoc_00 macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2005
    I just bought a MacBook. I also own an iMac. I have .mac account. I want to be able to video chat with my family when I am away with my MacBook. I downloaded the mac version of AIM, but it appears you can not video chat with the mac version. Do I need to upgrade to a family pack .mac account in order to get another screen name, or can I do it with my single .mac account?

    Thanks for the help.
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Why use the AIM client when iChat works better for most things, uses the AIM system (that is, you can see and talk to other AIM users) and certainly is good for video chatting. You can sign up for as many AIM screen names as you want through the AOL AIM site ( ); sign up for two (it's possible you'll need to give them a second email address, but if you don't have two you use just sign up for a free one from Yahoo or Gmail or whoever).

    Once you've got two AIM screen names, plug one into the iChat installed on each Mac, add the other to the address book on each, and you're basically good to go--if you open iChat on both the other screen name should show up in the Buddy List, and it's just a matter of clicking the camera icon to initiate a video chat.

    There's also Skype, but iChat is probably easier to work with since it's already installed on both computers (and, assuming you have at least Tiger on both machines, the video quality should be higher as well).
  3. eyedoc_00 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2005
    Maybe I am not following what you are saying. When I start iChat on either computer, they both open with my .mac account. I tried setting up a new aim screen name. It shows up on the buddy list and is online when I sign into aim. I can not get it to do video. I must be doing something wrong.

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