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Chapter 17. iChat AV and Bonjour > Multi-person video chats

Multi-person video chats

Now the real fun begins. If you like video chats, you'll love multi-person video chats. Keep in mind the computer and bandwidth requirements listed on page 513 that are necessary for intitiating or participating in a multi-person video chat.

1.
Start a 1-to-1 video chat, as explained on pages 514515.

2.
After you've connected with a buddy, click the plus (+) button at the bottom of the screen to show a pop-up menu of other buddies that can be invited to the chat. Choose one of the buddies listed in the pop-up menu.

If that buddy doesn't have a camera, he joins the chat as an audio participant—an audio sound level meter displays instead of live video (shown at the bottom of the next page).

Click the + button to invite another buddy to the chat.When you add a third buddy to a video chat, the appearance of the chat window changes as shown here. Your thumbnail image moves to bottom-center and the two other participants are angled above you.

3.
To add a fourth participant to your chat, click the plus button again and select a buddy from the pop-up menu. The other participants move over to make room for the new buddy (shown below).


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