The best system since late 2010: SKYPE for iPhone, now with Video , works over 3G; does not require WiFi;
Press Release (May 2010): “Using Skype on 3G has been the number one request among our iPhone customers. This new version is a great step towards enabling our customers to take and use Skype everywhere they go”, said Russ Shaw General Manager for Mobile, Skype. “Using Skype on iPhone without being restricted to the availability of a WiFi network will open up new ways for Skype customers to stay connected and make free or low-cost calls whenever they want, wherever they are in the world.”
And also the new FaceTime on iPhone 4 (Since June 2010). Requires WiFi.
People have been dreaming about video calling for decades. iPhone 4 makes it a reality.
HELP DESK for
Mac-to-PC AV Chat and Video & Audio conferencing via a high-speed
iChat or other software on Apple/Mac computers is compatible with:
- SKYPE Video (very convenient to use)
(AOL Instant Messenger) on PC
- iVisit on both PC and Mac/Apple (not compatible with iChat)
- Maybe also with Trillian Basic or Pro3 on PC
Prepared by Andre Duerinckx.
Web page? Mac-to-Mac and PC-to-PC audio-video conferening or AV chatting
works fine, and many software solutions are available (iChat for Mac-to-Mac;
AIM, MSN, ETC.. FOR PC-TO-PC). Bur Mac-to-PC AV Chat is not
so easy. This web site will update you on how to do Mac-to-PC AV Chat.
One of the Better SOLUTIONS: SKYPE Video (free download).
Skype 3.0 for Windows
Skype 2.5 for mac (Version: 184.108.40.206 on Jan 31, 2007);
SKYPE is free to download and easy to use
Make free calls to anyone else on Skype, anywhere in the world.
Chat with one person or have a group chat with up to 100 people at a time.
Conference call with up to nine other people for free.
Easily send files and photos to each other.
Useful things that cost a little
Calling phones is not free but it’s pretty cheap. No setup or monthly fees.
#1: AOL Instant Messenger (AIM): compatible with iChat OS X 10.3
or later (not with OS X 10.2 versions?) , but only offers very small
1 inch view/screen to PC users. Apple/Mac:
AIM version 4.7 is the latest for Mac (June 2005), but you do not need
that on a Mac; the only thing you need is a .Mac or a free AIM account.
Users: AIM version 5.9 for Windows XP (with SP2 upgrade) is latest (June
#2: iVisit: (updated Jan 2006): from iVisit.com; annual subscriptions
required for the (full) high-resolution version; free trials are available;
only smaller images can be viewed with the free trial and there may be
limits to the duration of conversations (less than 60 minutes). Good sound,
pixellated small images (using the free version).
iVisit is platform independent: both PC and Mac can use it (it thus becomes
iVisit to iVisit, not iVisit to iChat). However, the Internet connection
quality is worse and the software is not as easy as AIM/iChat.
Although AIM is, I think, better in several respects, I stil recommend
iVisit (the full version; about $35/year).
Again, as with AIM, you may have to disable firewalls on your PC.
#3: Trillian from CERULEAN Systems: maybe also compatible with
iChat and seems to offer full screen on the PC;May require Windows
XP Pro (instead of XP Home), althought the documentation seems to indicate
otherwise. Free trialk possible for 15 days only
Trillian Basic (free)
and Trillian Pro3 (for
purchase; $25) is a fully featured, stand-alone, skinnable chat client
that supports AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo Messenger, and IRC. It provides capabilities
not possible with original network clients, while supporting standard
features such as audio chat, file transfers, group chats, chat rooms,
buddy icons, multiple simultaneous connections to the same network, server-side
contact importing, typing notification, direct connection (AIM), proxy
support, encrypted messaging (AIM/ICQ), SMS support, and privacy settings.
MIRROR IMAGE PROBLEM:
Connecting a videocamera to the new iChat AV beta results in a horizontally
flipped image--i.e., a mirror image. It's
common for video conference software to present a mirror image when viewing
yourself. People are generally more comfortable when it acts as if they're
looking into a mirror. Some cameras allow to switch left-right to correct
to overcome Mirror Image Problem? ECAMM:
Download iGlasses v1.1.3
Get total control over your iSight video settings from within iChat AV
and many other programs. iSight too dark? It just needs iGlasses! Flip
Examples of iChat
My mother's broken
arm in Dec 2004
My brother Luc
before he fixed the left/right mirror issue on his camera
June 2005 - My
Internet Speed: about 70 kbps and 10 frames/sec
Olivier Vanovermeire from Belgium
WEB SITES for Mac/Apple Users:
101 - Lesson 11: iChat AV: the very Basics
AV 3 with Tiger
Mac/Apple Users FORUM
iChat AV / i Sight Issues
Camera for Apple/Mac only (does not work with PC)
The eyes and ears of iChat AV.
iSight is the incredibly easy to use personal video conferencing camera
with integrated microphone that will allow you to have face-to-face conversations
with your friends, family and co-workers over the Internet. Price $149.00
Ships: Same business day Free Shipping via http://www.apple.com
Requirements for AV Conferencing with iSight Camera:
* Macintosh computer with a 600MHz or faster PowerPC G3 or any
PowerPC G4 or G5 processor
* iChat AV software (Included with Mac OS X Panther)
* Mac OS X v10.3 or later
* Broadband Internet connection (128Kbps or faster transfer speeds)
WEB SITES for PC / Windows Users:
and iChat: iVisit version 3.4.1
AIM and iChat:
Conference Tutorial for iChat and AIM is:
Key ideas are listed
If you are using MS Windows XP (Pro or Home) then you can video conference
via AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), version 5.5/5.9 or later. You do not
need to sign-up for AOL but can use any Internet connection. If you do
not have version 5.9 go to go to www.aim.com and upgrade your current
version (Upgrade Now!) or download the latest version. (Download Now)
Most problems involve around these simple things: Internal XP Pro firewall
settings after upgrading to SP2 (check that out first), external
firewall settings in a router, camera not "seen" by AIM (camera driver
issues), or no video/low frame rate (install patch below). General AIM
troubleshooting: One problem regularly seen with AIM 5.5 and video cameras
is the configuration settings in the video/audio tuner don't "stick" and
have to be re-run each time. I have yet to hear of a solution for those
with this "feature."
You can keep your Windows XP firewall active, except for: services AOL
(done automatically when you load AIM), uPnP (udp Point-to-Point)
(udp = stream tcp-ip, connection less)
WINDOWS Users on PC --- AIM Help desk for AIM's Video IM: Taking IMs
to the Next Level With AIM's new Video IM, not only can you chat with
your friends & family, but you can actually put real-time video to the
IMs. With the use of your webcam, video is shown as part of your IM experience.
It's perfect for life, love & whatever else your IM world takes you. So
check it out & take your IM relationships to the next level
Video IM FAQs
What Do I Need To
Use AIM Video IM?
To use AIM Video IM both you, and the person you want to Video IM with,
need the following:
Latest Version of AIM: Download
The Windows XP Operating System or Apple iChat AV version 2.1 or later
64 MB RAM more
233 MHz or faster processor
A web camera
Why Am I Having Problems
Getting Video IM to Work on My Computer?
You may need an upgraded Windows XP component to operate in conjunction
with Video IM.
To use Video IM users may need an updated component of the Windows XP
Operating System. The AIM web site will tell you how to upgrade for use
with Video IM:
And a posting from
my brother in Belgium about how he succeeded on doing this:
J'ai juste suivi les liens et la re-installation qui est decrite dans
page, le firewall avec uPnP enabled suffit, et lors de la premiere
connection video il faut encore augmenter le niveau du micro qui est dans
l'onglet avec la camera, meme si on a mis aux maximum les settings du
micro lors des reglages video/audio. ET visiblement lors de la toute premiere
communication video, c'est l'autre qui doit lancer la communication et
il faut attendre (longtemps ) que la negociation sur le format et le serveur
udp se fasse ... (June 13, 2005).