“Marc Zeedar has found a novel use for Apple Computer’s new iChat video-conferencing software — broadcasting pay-per-view soccer games to his brother across town. Zeedar, a designer, programmer and writer from Santa Cruz, California, discovered he can use his camcorder to connect his TiVo digital video recorder to his Mac. The camcorder has analog video-in jacks, which let it import video from just about any source, including a VCR or a TiVo. It also has a FireWire port, which makes it compatible with iChat AV. When it is hooked to his Mac, Zeedar can use the camcorder as a webcam for video conferencing. But when his TiVo is plugged into the camera, Zeedar can broadcast pay-per-view soccer games to others. ‘It’s very cool,’ said Zeedar. ‘He can watch my soccer channels from his home. Or anywhere, really,'” reports Leander Kahney for Wired.
“Zeedar has used iChat AV for other things, too, like remotely trouble-shooting a friend’s Mac (his friend copied error messages into the software’s text window) and making free international phone calls with the audio chat component. The one thing Zeedar hasn’t used iChat AV for is two-way video conferencing. The problem is, no one he knows has the requisite setup,” Kahney writes. Read “101 Uses for Apple iChat” from Wired’s Leander Kahney here.
MacDailyNews Take: If Apple can extend iChat AV’s audio and/or video capabilities into other networks such as AOL’s AIM, watch out! Right now, it’s easy to see how great iChat AV can be, if you have a broadband connection and someone else with whom to videoconference. As is too often the case with Apple technologies, Mac users know about it, rave about it, and can use it while the rest of the world blissfully types just text back and forth or use really bad videoconferencing tools that produce images comparable to those from a ’28 GE “Octagon” Scanning Disk set that makes iChat AV video look like a DLP HDTV in comparison. This could be a “killer app,” but only if Apple and partners can get it working with more people, read: Windows users.