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Video: Two faces of Face Time

By Rob Pegoraro

I spend a lot of time using words to describe things easier shown on video. (Help File readers, if you're sick of reading phrases like "go to the Start menu, select Control Panel, and type this into the search box," imagine how I feel about writing them over and over again?) So we've launched a new, weekly video feature to spotlight topics addressed in my blog or columns that deserve the moving-pictures treatment.

Below is our third episode, in which I explain what I like and don't like about Apple's FaceTime video-calling service in two FaceTime calls.

You'll see a new one every week here and on the video channel we've set up. (The prototype episode, a look at the new Apple TV, "aired" two weeks ago; in last week's episode, I assessed three new Facebook privacy and security features.) You may also see small banner ads, featuring my mug shot and an invitation to watch the latest clip, here and there on this site.

Longtime readers will remember that we used to do a weekly tech podcast but ended that experiment almost a year ago. I think this has a few advantages over the podcast: It conveys information that we can't get across in print, it doesn't require lining up guests or multiple topics each week, and it's much shorter. But you all will get to have the final say.

Let me know what you think of the results so far--and please post any suggestions you have for future topics or our format in the comments below.

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 25, 2010; 2:14 PM ET
Categories:  Mac, Mobile, Video, Weekly video  
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Is this regular reader the only one who finds it odd that a video about an Apple video product won't actually play on Apple's most popular devices?


Posted by: landingsgeo | October 25, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Will the videos still have accompanying explaining text? As a deaf/hard-of-hearing reader of your column, if it goes into video mode only for some articles, without subtitles or the like, it becomes much harder for me to follow. For example, in the demo you have, you are talking about the facetime chat, but I don't know what you made of it. When I'm at home, I'll try it with the volume higher up. (can only go so high in the office)

Speaking of which, it was hard to tell since your video shots were just of the head, but I wonder if this is good enough for a sign language conversation between two deaf people. And can it be used to connect a phone user to a computer user (e.g. to Skype, Oovoo, or similar service. When I get my next phone (currently on a Droid), I hope to be able to connect to my wife at home and have a conversation with her via sign language.

Posted by: nighthawk700 | October 26, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

Can't do video at work, usually don't fire up the computer at home during the week. May watch this weeekend, if the weather's too bad to be outside and nothing else is happening.

Posted by: wiredog | October 26, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

At the moment there is no better choice between Mac and iphone than Facetime... I hope Skype does begin to offer video over 3G soon between PC and Mobile devices. I did try Yahoo messenger and it does a not too bad job of video over iphone to iphone and I guess to Windows PC.. which we don't have have so I could not test it.

I am looking forward to Video Chating to all platforms without WIFI.

Please make an iPad compatible version of these Post videos, please?

Posted by: bwhite2 | October 26, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Hey Rob... Give Obama a call and borrow one of his teleprompters. You looking off camera after every sentence is distracting. This can only get worse as time goes on as you get older, remembering less of each sentence. Otherwise not too bad for an amateur.

Posted by: vinnieboombots | October 26, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

You are on the right track.

You might want to pay more attention to what is in the background of your mobile video. It makes a statement about you and the quality of your work. (What was that room with the open closet door? A motel?)

For the complainers, you may want to include a transcript.

I liked it.

Posted by: PhilSeymour | October 26, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

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