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Chapter 13. Chatting with Friends > What About the AV Part?

What About the AV Part?

The new iChat AV enables you to have both video and audio chats, as well as text chats. To have a chat that includes audio and video, you have to have a broadband (DSL or cable that connects at 128 Kbps or faster) Internet connection. You also must use an iSight Web camera or any other digital video camera or web camera that can connect via Firewire. You can buy the iSight camera for $149 at http://store.apple.com. Finally, your system must have a 600 MHz G3 or better processor to handle video conferencing.

After you connect the camera to your system’s Firewire port, iChat AV should recognize it automatically. (In fact, if you connect an iSight camera, iChat AV should launch automatically.) You can ensure iChat AV is working with the correct camera by choosing iChat, Preferences and then clicking on the Video button in the toolbar of the window that appears.


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