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The current iChat systems requirement prevent a PowerBook user to host a 3-person Video conference. We can participate in one, we simply can’t host one. One G4 processor just isn’t enough for that. I’m now wondering whether it’s possible for a MacBook Pro user to host […]

The current iChat systems requirement prevent a PowerBook user to host a 3-person Video conference. We can participate in one, we simply can’t host one. One G4 processor just isn’t enough for that.

I’m now wondering whether it’s possible for a MacBook Pro user to host an iChat Video conference with 3 people.

Has somebody tried it? If not, I’d be willing to participate in a test. My AIM ID is “LePhrenchee”.

update: Ryan J. Bonnell was at Macworld and tells us that YES, the MacBook Pro does let users host an iChat conference. Thanks Ryan! :)

  1. Do you think that it’s implied here?

    http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/
    iChat AV lets you video chat with up to three other people simultaneously.

    I think it is.

    Love your ads!

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  2. I attended Macworld San Francisco this year and played with this exact feature.

    Using the new MacBook Pro laptops, I was able to successfully host and join a multi-person conference with ease. The most participants I could get to work was myself and two others (3 in total), but I never tried a true four person conference.

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  3. Marco: mm interesting. Well it says it “lets you video chat“, but it still doesn’t specify whether you can actually HOST it.

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  4. Ryan: OH COOL! :) thanks! :)

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  5. [...] is “LePhrenchee”. update: Ryan J. Bonnell was at Macworld and tells us that YES, the MacBook Pro does let user [...]

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  6. At MacWorld I asked that exact question and the staffer at the MacBook I was at said, “yes.” You can initate and host a four person (including yourself) iChat. Cool.

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  7. I have a MacBook Pro, 2GHZ. I’m trying to do a multi-video chat with two other friends. One has a MacBook, the other an iBook G4, 1.2GHZ. Any idea on why I cant seem to do a multi video chat? I was told that I had to have the camera icon next to the buudy list (which shows up) and then I was told that I had to have multiple cameras. Mine does not even have multiple cameras when viewed from another user. Any ideas? Is it a setting somewhere?

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  8. I have the same problem, Mike – also with a MacBook Pro 2Ghz. I’d love to hear an answer.

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  9. I have done multiway video conferences in the past on the MBP 2.16GHz, but now only see the “single camera” icon. I wonder if this changed in the 10.4.7 update or one of the security updates since.

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  10. To fix this, make sure your connection spedd in your quicktime preferences is set sufficiently high…

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