iChat with Video

Well, Dave was able to sort out his difficulties — he had the microphone turned off, of all things — and because he has a video camera, we were able to have a “one way video chat” — I could see him, but he not me. Here’s the result:

Audio quality seemed to degrade a little (as you might expect) when we went video. Video quality was much, much better than I ever saw with NetMeeting — not too much different than watching television on my iMac.

Dave was using a handheld video camera, and this proved the truth of what Steve Jobs said in his keynote: a camera has to be mounted on the top of your monitor, looking at your face, to be really effective as a videoconferencing device.