Last year, I talked briefly about iPodcasting, by which I mean hooking up an iPod to an A-to-D converter and using iChat AV to broadcast a video over the Internet. Over the last few months, I have found this is something I do pretty regularly and one of the nice tricks I’ve discovered along the way involves sending video to someone who does not have a camera hooked up at their end.
By control-clicking (right-clicking) a buddy’s name, a contextual menu pops up offering the option to invite that person to a one-way video chat. This means that they can watch your video but will not send video back to you in return.
Probably one of the nicest things about a one-way video chat is that when you’re playing a video off your iPod, you don’t have to watch the other person watching your video. You don’t have to see them adjusting their hair, performing nasal maintenance, or any of the other unconscious things people do when they get involved in watching TV as opposed to engaging actively in a social situation. If you plan to iPodcast video, I suggest that your buddy switches off their camera. Do a one-way chat instead.
Update: Brian Sawyer over at HackZine thinks one-way video is a great match to teaching skills like knitting. Thanks Brian!