Got webcams for myself and parents so that they can see their granddaughter more often. I already use skype so upgraded to their new version which is video capable (version 2.50.154).
Set up the webcam (logitech Quickcam Communicate STX) and all seems ok. We set up a call, and before we started the video the audio quality was great, then they started their video and I could see the image on my pc fine. When I started my video, there was a burst of static in my headset and I could no longer hear them. I think their audio went as well. As soon as I ended the call the audio returned to normal. Tried again and got the same result.
Has anyone had a similar problem, can't see what the problem is? Should I try using a different software (MSN Messenger perhaps?)
Version 2.50 did give a lot of trouble with certain web cams. The latest version which has just been released is 18.104.22.168 and it resolves many of the problems. However if your friend uses his web cam with a built in mike and the computer speakers it can cause a feed back. I have a similar problem with a friend of mine and when he uses a dedicated headset and Mic the problem goes away. There is a wealth of information on the skype FAQ's and forum.
I am using Skype 2.50.154 with a logitech quick cam connect the model with 640x480 pixels. Mine has a small ear piece with a small mic six inches from the ear plug similar to a mobile phone hands free set up. My friends have all said that the cam picture is very good and the sound quality is also good. But sometimes the sound from my friends (not using the same set up), starts breaking up after a while. I'm not sure if it is my end or there's. But I would say its best to turn off your external speakers during a call and just use the ear piece or head set. I didn't know there was an updated version, maybe I should try this?
Tried again today. All seems to work fine now - though video can be a bit slow. Don't think we changed anything so not sure what the problem was. I am on 22.214.171.124 and my father-in-law is on 126.96.36.199. Am using the mic that is built in to the webcam and my normal speakers and no feedback problems that I could see.....
Will only be using video sparingly, but can see what you meant by the bandwidth required.
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