E-mail, chat, & VoIP forum: The best IM client for webcam communication

by: stoavio August 19, 2005 1:35 PM PDT

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The best IM client for webcam communication

by stoavio - 8/19/05 1:35 PM

I recently purchased the Logitech Quickcam Pro 4000 for me and my girlfriend who now lives about 4 hours away. We agreed this would be a good way to keep in contact. After much time spent reading reviews on all the different cameras in our price range, I came to the conclusion that this would be best. Now Im concerned that there isnt a program out there that will allow us to use these cameras to their full potential. This camera is host of many notable features such as being able to take 1.3 mega-pixel images, 640x480 resolution video, 30 fps video, and the ability to adjust itself in low lighting conditions, producing a vivid image, and having high response times. I dont want my IM messenger of choice to be the bottleneck as far as quality and responsiveness are concerned. Ive read that Yahoo! Messenger has drastically upgraded its webcam capabilities for broadband users like myself, however it still only allows 24fps when my camera is capable of communicating 30fps, and a maximum resolution of 320x240 when my camera is capable of displaying twice that size. This really bothers me. Id like to be able to use our cameras to their maximum potential and not half of what theyre capable of.

By the way, Ive tried the audio out on MSN, AIM, and YIM and theyre all very sub par compared to Skype. Maybe Ill couple Skype (for audio purposes) with something else like YIM for video.

Can someone suggest a good IM/Webcam client that will produce nothing less than clear, crisp, vivid video and sound with no delay? Does the camera come packaged with a program like this?

I need to know what my options are.

Thanks in advance,
Mason

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