Video Killed the Radio Star

Tried iChat AV video conferencing today. It was very smooth. There was a bit of a lag, but nothing intolerable. David and I just plugged a digital video camera into the FireWire port and we were up and running, video chatting with Joe (who is actually not competing with Mike for the most neglected weblog award). Very cool.

What we didn’t know, however, since it was the first time we tried the new camera, was that the camera was in “demo mode.” A few minutes into the chat, we were sepia-toned. Then black and white. Then negative. Then… well, you get the idea.

The surprising part was quickly the whole experience degenerated. Within ten minutes, we were holding up action figures and other objects to the camera, just to see what it would look like. Robbie the Robot attacked Joe for quite some time. But Joe wasn’t worried; he had Boba Fett to defend him.

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