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    How do I make video calls with my iMac?
    Hello there,
    I trust that I am in the correct forum here.
    I have never really felt the need to explore this issue until a recent opportunity presented itself via an informal request that I become involved in an online discussion with video.

    I realise that I have Photobooth and a built in iSight camera which is something that I've only ever used for pulling funny faces on, but how do I go about setting up a Mac friendly method whereby I can join in with (or prompt) a video call?

    Would anyone know what the most popular and efficient methods are at all. I've been looking at iChat initially but it looks a bit restrictive to me?

    Thanks in advance,
    Liam

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    There is a bunch of options for video calls:

    Facetime:
    - Mac to Mac, Mac to iPhone, Mac to iPad (short: between Apple devices with a camera and Facetime installed)
    - Facetime needs to be purchased and downloaded from the App Store

    Skype:
    - Skype is a cross platform app to chat and talk
    - Works with smartphones where supported, Mac, Linux and Windows systems
    - Software is free at skype.com - just download, install and setup an account

    iChat
    - On Macs to video chat between iChat users
    - App should be pre-installed on your machine

    GTalk/Google Voice
    - If you have a gmail account you can do that straight from the browser
    - Once you use it the first time you may have to install a plugin, after that you can chat with other gmail users straight from the browser
    - Log into your account via mail.google.com and find the contact list to the left
    - Users who have a camera and accept video calls will have a small camera icon next to their name

    Google+
    - You can create "Hangouts" in Google+ and have video conferences with a lot of people
    - Log into your G+ account and create a hangout through a link on the right
    - People in circles that you added to the hangout will be able to join you

    ...I believe Facebook rolled out a similar feature - I don;t use FB though, so I don't know.

    Hope that gives you something to start :-) Happy conferencing!

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    Hi Dekan,
    This is very comprehensive thank you.
    I'm leaning towards Skype....I can't guarantee Mac to Mac, iChat would be good but I don't want to open new subscription accounts.

    I'll have a closer look at Skype as it seems the more popular.

    Thanks once again.

    p.s Vansmith, thanks for moving the post..my mistake

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    No worries! I like the way skype works (even though it's owned by Microsoft now ;-) ) and your camera image is usually fantastic. The Mac built in cameras have superb quality.

    Cheers!

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    Just been having a look at Skype....free video conferencing and a nice interface. I think MS used to own or still do own a chunk of Apple so not a problem. If you have used Skype are there any security issues that you are aware of given that it's owned by MS?

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    Not that I know of. I have been using Skype for a number of years and I haven't had any issues...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pendlewitch View Post
    Just been having a look at Skype....free video conferencing and a nice interface. I think MS used to own or still do own a chunk of Apple so not a problem. If you have used Skype are there any security issues that you are aware of given that it's owned by MS?
    I use Skype,iChat and FaceTime and the only issue I see if one of the parties bandwidth is limited you will experience choppy video or possible loss of video all together. I prefer the quality of iChat and FaceTime so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osxx View Post
    I use Skype,iChat and FaceTime and the only issue I see if one of the parties bandwidth is limited you will experience choppy video or possible loss of video all together. I prefer the quality of iChat and FaceTime so far.
    I see, it's possible that I could set up iChat with MobileMe ( I bought it with my iMac). I used it briefly but it didn't perform very well because my iPhone and iCal/Mail kept conflicting. I remember that I had a pig of a time turning it off and reverting back to my standard mail server. Does it follow that an iChat user can't converse with a Skype user via video?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dekan View Post
    Not that I know of. I have been using Skype for a number of years and I haven't had any issues...
    BTW thanks Dekan

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    Quote Originally Posted by pendlewitch View Post
    I see, it's possible that I could set up iChat with MobileMe ( I bought it with my iMac). I used it briefly but it didn't perform very well because my iPhone and iCal/Mail kept conflicting. I remember that I had a pig of a time turning it off and reverting back to my standard mail server. Does it follow that an iChat user can't converse with a Skype user via video?
    Yes and I believe it works with Yahoo's also so long as they are in your contacts I have only tried Skype to iChat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osxx View Post
    Yes and I believe it works with Yahoo's also so long as they are in your contacts I have only tried Skype to iChat.
    Now then, there's a thing..
    Thank you.

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