9 Replies Latest reply: Sep 6, 2012 12:01 PM by Ralph Johns (UK)
xairbusdriver Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)

OK, both my wife and I have 10.8, iSight cameras and she also has a new iPad (3). As far as I know, each device has Messages set up properly. How do I create a video connection between any two devices? I haven't used iChat in years but there was a "Buddy List" that indicated who had video capabilities. All the searches I found seem to assume that there is a Buddy List in Messages, there are even commands to select different ones. Ain't gonna happen with these three devices, since none of them have any List. Nor is there any 'video button' in Messages. What obvious, stupidly simple steps am I missing?!


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  • William Lloyd Level 7 Level 7 (20,530 points)

    If you are using iMessages, then just do command-N to create a new message, and type in your wife's Apple ID.

  • stevenfrombrownsburg Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)

    Video chat is a separate app.  FaceTime is what you are looking for.  For devices that don't have a phone number associated with them, the connection is email/AppleID based.

  • Aaronfromfl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Actually, in the top right hand corner in Messages there is a video camera icon where when you click it, it gives you options for Facetime calling. I haven't tried it yet, but it looks like it will take you to the FaceTime Mac app.

  • stevenfrombrownsburg Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)

    If you open FaceTime directly, you'll see your contacts list, and those that have an AppleID/Email address associated with it are notated with the camera icon when you open their contact page.

  • xairbusdriver Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)

    So the new functionality is requiring two apps instead of one as in iChat. Probably due to iCloud requirements — syncing , etc.

     

     

    BTW,I don't have anything called iMessage in Mountain Lion, or the latest iOS in the new iPad, nor even our 'old' iPhones with iOS 4.2.1. The only thing on any of these devices is "Messages." That may have been a Mountain Lion change.

     

    I think one thing that might be missing is an actual Contact entry for my wife with her iCloud addy/Apple ID. She only has one because you apparently can't use iCloud without one. I'll set that up and see if it can then be selected and is acceptable as a "Buddy."

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (69,010 points)

    HI,

     

    Messages is the App.

     

    It can do iMessages to iPads, iPhones and Messages on Macs sending the said iMessages to either a iPhone Number or an Apple ID

    Ideally the same Apple ID is set up across your devices and the Messages app.

     

    You can also use the AIM service and/or jabber by adding the Screen Name (AIM or AIM valid names) or a Jabber ID to the Accounts list  (GoogleTalk run a  Jabber server).

     

    @mac.com and @me.com names from Apple are also Valid AIM Screen Names and will work providing the password is 16 characters or Less.

     

    AIM and Jabber Accounts will be able to display Buddy Lists (See Window Menu)

    By Default they are displayed as one (See General Section of Preferences to Unlink)

     

    Buddy List work the same way iChat ones did and you can Video there with the same iChat Theatre and Screen Sharing functions (And Multiway Audio and Video chats).

     

     

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    10:55 PM      Wednesday; September 5, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

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  • Aaronfromfl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yeah, once I clicked on the video camera symbol it opened up FateTime and tried calling the person. There is no native Messages video chat.

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (31,080 points)

    If, when you open Messages, you don't see a buddy list, just press the command key along with the #1 key.

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (69,010 points)

    HI,

     

    In the Message Menu > Preferences > Accounts I have several non iMessages Accounts (As well as the iMessages Account) listed

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    The two red indicated items show an @me.com (actually my iCloud ID) and an older @mac.com name Logged in to AIM (They are both Enabled)

     

    The Blue bit indicates the + button where to Add Accounts (non iMessages ones)

     

    In the General Section of the Preferences the Linked Buddy List (~Bee's CMD + 1 instruction) can be Unlinked

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    That will then change the Window Menu and the CMD + # items

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    This in turn can take up a lot of Screen Space

    some Buddy Lists

     

     

    AS you can see the Buddy Lists show some people with the Green Video icon

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    This will start Video with that person "Natively" in the iChat style with the Messages app and without leaving it.

     

    In My previous Post I said it this way

     

    AIM and Jabber Accounts will be able to display Buddy Lists (See Window Menu)

    By Default they are displayed as one (See General Section of Preferences to Unlink)

     

    Buddy List work the same way iChat ones did and you can Video there with the same iChat Theatre and Screen Sharing functions (And Multiway Audio and Video chats).

     

    I hope this clears things up for you.

     

     


    8:01 PM      Thursday; September 6, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

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