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I am away from my family for a while and I would like to have a use video IM to communicate with them. We are currently using Yahoo IM for this and the results have varied from unresponsive to choppy. In the past I have used AOL via iChat with fellow Mac users with great results, but that isnt an option in this case, as we are dealing with multiple platforms.

Is there a super user out there that can help? What are the best options for video chat?

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Try Skype. Its more involved than an IM client but you can't beat it for video chat. It's free for computer to computer and offers really good rates for computer to landline calls.

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I had to get through a problem with skype crashing on a Viao laptop when starting the video, but now it works great, thanks. – akf Jul 29 '09 at 11:26
@akf - I heard that Sony likes to use weird drivers for their video and sound. What was the issue? – Rob Allen Jul 29 '09 at 13:48
yeah, it was something like that. the solution which worked (rendering a dll useless via rename) left a bad taste in my mouth, but it worked. here is the link: thanks again. – akf Aug 2 '09 at 13:34

I use Video for Google Talk and haven't been disappointed with it. It's available for Windows and Mac.

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I use Skype for this on a daily basis. Works on Mac OS X, Linux and of course Windows.

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Yes, Google Talk is a good choice.

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SIP software (like the Gizmo Project or Ekiga) works really well for this.

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