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Chapter 17. iChat AV and Bonjour > 1-to-1 video chats

1-to-1 video chats

1.
Open iChat. From the iChat menu choose “Preferences…,” then click the “Video” button in the Preferences toolbar to open the Video preferences pane. Check your video settings as described on page 509.

This video icon next to a buddy name means you can have a 1-to-1 video chat with that buddy.

2.
Select a buddy in your iChat Buddy List whose name has a Video Chat icon (a video camera) next to it. If the icon is a multi-person Video Chat icon (a stack of video cameras), that's OK—you can still have a 1-to-1 video chat.

A multi-person video icon next to a buddy name means you can have a multi-person video chat with that buddy.

3.
Click the Video Chat icon next to the buddy name.

Or click the Video Chat button at the bottom of the Buddy List window.

Or, Control-click on the buddy name, then from the contextual menu choose “Invite to Video Chat.”

Or, from the Buddies menu, choose “Invite to Video Chat.”

4.
An iChat Preview window opens on your Desktop, shown below-left. The Preview pane shows what your buddy will see. While you wait for a response from your buddy you can adjust the camera angle, comb your hair, etc.

When your buddy clicks the “Accept” button in his invitation (shown on the next page), your big preview image shrinks to a small thumbnail image and your buddy fills the window, as shown on the right.

5.
When your buddy responds by clicking anywhere in the invitation panel (below-left), a video chat window opens on his Desktop with the option to “Decline” or “Accept” (below-right). Or he can choose to respond with a “Text Reply” if a video chat is inappropriate at that time or place.

An invitation to a video chat looks like this. Click anywhere on it (except the red Close button), to open a video chat window like the one shown on the right. Click the Accept button to start the video chat.

Tip

You can take a snapshot of a buddy as you video chat. From the Video menu, choose “Take Snapshot.” The snapshot is placed on your Desktop.


6.
Start chatting. If you have a laptop with a wireless connection, you can roam around and give a tour of your house.


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