Skip navigation
This discussion is archived

ichat and google video chat

4490 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 20, 2009 12:38 PM by Ralph Johns (UK) RSS
mikep120 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Currently Being Moderated
Apr 19, 2009 6:29 AM
I'm new to using all of this stuff on a mac, so please excuse such basic questions , but if I set up google video chat on my macbook:
a) can I also use ichat?
b) is there any advantage in using one or the other?
Since I already have ichat on the computer, I would like to make use of it!
Thanks,
Mike
macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Apr 19, 2009 7:40 AM (in response to mikep120)
    Hi,

    With a GoogleMail ID you make use of the Video features on the GoogleMail page.

    You can use that same ID in iChat and Text chat to any GoogletTalk Buddy and Audio Only and Video chat to iChat Buddies.
    What it will not do is Video Chat to someone using the Webmail option or the GoogleTalk app for PCs

    Although these are Tiger (OS 10.4.x) based pics you will get the idea
    http://www.google.com/support/talk/bin/answer.py?answer=24076

    You also have to set your Google Account to use the "Talk" option.



    3:40 PM Sunday; April 19, 2009
    G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard) MacBookPro 2gig( 10.5)-Sky w/c Sagem 2504 + Dazzle DV, Mac OS X (10.5.6), PLEASE NOTE !! "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Apr 20, 2009 12:38 PM (in response to mikep120)
    Hi,

    iChat video and Audio only chats use the same Video and Audio codecs as the Original IM application for PCs (AIM 5.5 and it's successor AIM 5.9).
    This works with all iChat versions although iChat 2 only does AIM Buddies.

    It uses the same codecs no matter which Buddy List you start from.
    This is why it will not connect to the Web Based Chats as they use Flash and GoogleTalk on a PC that also uses a different codec set again.

    What it will do though is allow Bonjour based Video chats from iChat
    (Bonjour is a way your Mac finds and Links to other Macs on your LAN - but they have to have iChat with Bonjour on as well)

    As other iChat users could have a Jabber ID (Including a Google Talk one as discussed above) you can get iChat to iChat Video chats (or Audio only).

    As hinted at in the first paragraph AIM have changed the codecs uses in AIM 6.5 and 6.8 (which is the Current one)
    They can be installed ON XP but AIM 5.9 - which can still be downloaded - cannot be installed on Vista.
    Neither version will Video chat to AIM 5.5, 5.9, iChat or a PC application called Trillian

    Trillian is a third party app for PCs that can join several IM services at once.
    It is different to AdiumX on the Mac in that is can Video chat to Buddies (AIM Name to AIM name or Jabber to Jabber or MSN to MSN Buddies but not mix and match chats)

    This can make the process of Video chatting to PC users a bit fraught.
    Read this page regarding items 5 through 13 for Alternatives
    http://www.ralphjohns.co.uk/page5.html#_other



    8:38 PM Monday; April 20, 2009

    I may receive some form of compensation, financial or otherwise, from my recommendation or link.
    G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard) MacBookPro 2gig( 10.5)-Sky w/c Sagem 2504 + Dazzle DV, Mac OS X (10.5.6), PLEASE NOTE !! "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."

Actions

More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)

Legend

  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.