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Donald J. Weis Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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Apr 4, 2011 6:21 AM
Is it possible to connect a camera to the Power Mac G4 MDD to use it with SKYPE?
Power Mac G4 MDD, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,005 points)
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    Apr 4, 2011 7:40 AM (in response to Donald J. Weis)
    Yes, Apple's iSight, very hard to find can work with Skype. Several Logitech cameras work with it as well. Contact Logitech to verify your operating system is known to work with one of their cameras. There is also this page that may give you a clue as to which cameras might work:

    http://www.ralphjohns.co.uk/index.html
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  • japamac Level 7 Level 7 (24,390 points)
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    Apr 4, 2011 7:49 AM (in response to Donald J. Weis)
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  • EZ Jim Calculating status...
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    Apr 4, 2011 8:04 AM (in response to Donald J. Weis)
    Donald J. Weis wrote:
    Is it possible to connect a camera to the Power Mac G4 MDD to use it with SKYPE?


    Yes, so long as all Skype and camera requirements are met.

    Camera alternatives here: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2018211


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  • FranTer Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Apr 5, 2011 3:01 PM (in response to Donald J. Weis)
    The PowerMac MDD has USB1 and not USB2, I don't know if that may be a problem. It also depend on how good you may want and can look on Skype depending on your internet connection out.

    My experience with an iBook is that the two alternatives I've tried, a Sony DV-camera with USB out and a basic Microsoft USB webcam, worked as soon as connected. Neither were told as being compatible with Macs in the Owners Manual.

    So unless you've got special needs try borrowing one from someone to test.
    TiBook 1GHz + iBook 1.42GHz + other PPC, Mac OS X (10.4.11), PC user for 25 years and Mac user for 3 years
  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (44,195 points)
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    Apr 5, 2011 7:10 PM (in response to Donald J. Weis)
    I recently bought an iSight camera listed on Craig's List. The iSight connects via a Firewire cable. Firewire is faster than USB 2.0. If you use a USB camera, install a USB 2.0 PCI card, The built in USB 1.1 will be too slow.

     Cheers, Tom

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  • FranTer Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Apr 6, 2011 2:31 PM (in response to FranTer)
    Well suddenly I wanted to know if the Sony miniDV camera could be used with firewire also, and yes no problem it's instantly recognised in Skype.

    I also tested the USB connection again on the Sony camera and it's USB1, the Microsoft webcam uses USB2, but the conclusion is that unless you've got ambitions of looking good USB1 is enough.

    I expect that most videocameras (DV or Video8) with digital out, USB or more likely DV/i-LINK/FireWire will work with Skype. At least it's worth a try.
    TiBook 1GHz + iBook 1.42GHz + other PPC, Mac OS X (10.4.11), PC user for 25 years and Mac user for 3 years

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