Friday, October 17, 2008

Installing and Setting Up Video For Skype (On the Macintosh)

Some Macintosh computer models, such as the iMacs, have cameras built in, so there is no need to install a separate webcam and special drivers. Macintosh laptops and towers can accept firewire webcams (webcams that connect with a special firewire cable for fast video data transmission), such as the iSight camera, also without any additional software installation. Skype works seamlessly with the Macintosh video drivers to detect iSight as well as built-in cameras.
Not all webcams work with Macintosh or PC computers. Make sure that you read the system requirements on the webcam package before you buy it for your Skype video setup.
Setting up Skype video on the Macintosh is simple. The following steps use iSight as an example, but the steps should be similar for others.
  1. Choose Skype>Preferences>Video. The video configuration window opens. If you don’t have a built-in camera, plug your iSight webcam into a firewire port and turn it on by opening the lens.
  2. From the Camera drop-down list, select your camera if it is not already detected.
  3. Select the Enable Skype Video check box.
  4. Choose your video options by selecting the check boxes or radio buttons (as the case may be) next to each choice, as follows:
    • When I Am in a Call: It’s best not to check the option to start your video automatically. Give yourself a chance to compose yourself before appearing on camera.
    • Automatically Receive Video From: You can be super cautious and choose no one, or you can allow video only from people on your Contacts list.
    • Show That I Have Video To: You can choose to keep your video capability a secret and choose no one, or reveal it only to people on your Contacts list.
  5. Click the red gel radio button on the far-left corner of the window title bar to close your Preferences window.

1 comment:

silkpyjamas said...

suppose skype doesn't detect my mac's built-in camera? how do I proceed?