Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Using FaceTime for audio and video calls, part of Mac OS X Yosemite Essential Training.
- FaceTime is another application that comes bundled with OS X, and it's all about video and audio chats. One of the main benefits of FaceTime is that it also runs on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch's as well as on the computer. And it works through the iMessage service, which is part of the Apple ID account. So if you know somebody who has an iPhone and they've set up the iMessage service in Apple ID, you can call them up and have a face-to-face video conversation. So let's see how it works. I'm going to start by launching FaceTime here on my computer, and straight from the beginning you can see it starts up my video camera, the webcam that I have connected to my computer.
If you've got an iMac or a laptop computer, you'll have an iSight camera built in, and that will just work. This one is a USB webcam that I have connected to a Mac Pro. So this is good. It shows my image right here in the interface, so I know that the camera is active. But I do want to double-check my audio. As I'm talking to somebody through FaceTime, I want to make sure that they can hear me. So if I go to the video menu, I want to make sure that the microphone I want it selected. In this case it's using the USB webcam, it's using the microphone that's built into the webcam that I'm already using here.
So that's all set. So the first time you launch FaceTime, you're going to need to log in with your Apple ID account. Now previously, I've logged in and then I intentionally logged out so that I could show you the process of logging in. And that's why it remembers my Apple ID here. Yours will probably be blank here. It's probably not going to have you Apple ID in this field. So all I really need to do is type in my password now. And I'll hit "Sign In" and it's going to authenticate me and activate me on the iMessage system inside of Apple ID.
This looks good. I'm going to confirm this by hitting "Next." So now I'm logged in and I can call other users who are using iMessage. So let's go ahead and make that call. Let's see how this works. You can see I have an option here for a video call or an audio call. They work pretty much the same, so I'm going to stick with a video call. And then I'm going to go to this field right here. And from here I could type in the email address for somebody's Apple ID, or if I have that person already in my address book, and I have their Apple ID email address in their record in my address book, then the computer is going to know about that person.
I don't have to type in the full email address, I can just type in their name. So because my friend Garrick is already in my address book with his Apple ID, I can just type his name and I don't even have to finish typing it. I've only typed part of it and it's already found him. So I want to call him on FaceTime and I want to do a video chat. And that's what this video camera icon is all about. So let's call Garrick and talk to him. I'll hit this button right here, (ringing noise) and it's going to start ringing. And it's going to take a moment for Garrick to see this notification and to answer the call.
And when he does, it will connect us and we can talk. And there he is. Hey Garrick. - Hey Nick. - Can you hear me OK? - I can. - All right, so looks like you're in the studio. Are you recording a course? - I am, I'm working on my IOS 8 essential training course. - Excellent, that's going to go really well with the OS X course. - It sure will. - Cool. So Garrick's looking good here. So I just want to show you some of the tools, some of the interface elements that we have when you're doing a FaceTime call.
There's really not much to it. If I move my mouse over this window, you can see I have three buttons. This button here to end the call would just hang up and that would end our conversation. I'm going to do that in a moment, but not quite yet. I want to talk about some of these other things. There's a mute button. So if I hit that, now Garrick is not able to hear me. But if I hit the mute button again, now he can hear me again. - Now I can. - So this is good if you just want to kind of put the conversation on hold. You don't want to end the conversation, you just need to talk to somebody else, and then come back to the conversation in a minute.
And then, of course, there's the fullscreen button. This is really handy to just remove all distractions, so you can really just focus on the call. So I see Garrick's screen and I also see my little preview here, so I can see myself and I can move that around the four corners of the screen. Now, I'm going to jump out of fullscreen for just a moment because we can also rotate this image. I'm talking to Garrick on his iPhone. So if Garrick just physically rotates his iPhone to the side, it will flip to that landscape mode.
And I can do the same thing. I can rotate my own image. And you can see it automatically rotated my image when Garrick rotated his. But I can manually change mine by just putting my mouse right here, you see that little curved arrow button appears. If I click that, it will manually change my image. I'm going to switch it back to landscape so that we can see when Garrick switches his back into portrait mode, I can switch mine to portrait mode to match just by hitting that curved arrow there. So that's pretty much it.
That's all you need to do. From here you can just enjoy your conversation. Now Garrick, I want to do a couple other things. I want to go ahead and hang up on this call and I want to call you right back. Is that OK? - OK, sounds good. - All right, so I'm going to end the call by hitting that "End" button. And now the conversation is over. Easy as that. When you finish a conversation, you will see that person is over here on the left side in the history, and this list will start to build. Every time you talk to somebody on FaceTime, they'll be recorded over here in the history.
And this is great if you ever want to call them back, you don't have to go in and type their name anymore. You can reinitiate the call just by going to this history and hitting the FaceTime button again. So I'm going to go ahead and do that. I'm going to call Garrick back by just hitting this button again inside of history. (phone rings) So now Garrick's phone is ringing, and in a moment he'll answer, and here we are. We're connected again. OK. So, I just wanted to double-check my audio settings, make sure everything still looks good.
You can still hear me right Garrick? - Yep, I can still hear you. - All right, that's good. So we're all set. We now know how to call somebody on FaceTime, but I want to see what it looks like when somebody calls me. So Garrick, I'm going to hang up the call, and can you call me right back? - Sure thing. - All right, so I'm going to hit "End." And now I'm just waiting for Garrick to call back so we can see what it looks like when you receive an incoming call. So this is what it looks like. (phone rings) The main window goes away, and now I can see this notification.
I can decline the call or I can accept the call. So let's go ahead and do that. I'm going to accept the call. And now it's going to reconnect us, and there's Garrick again. And I always like to go in and check my audio settings just to make sure everything's still looking good. Garrick you can still hear me? - Yep, can still hear you. - All right, great. Every now and then, I'll have to reset my audio settings so I just always like to double-check that. So we're going to do this one last time Garrick. I want to see what it looks like when somebody calls me when I don't even have the application running. So, can I get you to call me right back? - Yep.
- All right, so I'm going to hit the "End" button here. And this time I'm just going to quit the FaceTime application entirely. Even if FaceTime is not running, you can still receive a call. Assuming, of course, that you've already set it up. (phone rings) So you can see FaceTime has popped up, and I can see the notification. I could decline the call. I could even go in here and set a reminder time so that the computer will tell me that I missed a call. But I don't want to do that. I want to accept the call. And now it will reconnect us one more time.
- Hello again. - And we're all set. That's really all I wanted to show. So thanks a lot for helping me out Garrick. - No problem. - Cool, and I'll be sure to check out IOS 8 essential training. - Please do. - Cool, I'll talk to you later. - All right, see you. - Bye. So I'll go ahead and hit the "End" button here, and we're all done. And since the application was not running when I received that last call, I can see that the application has quit. So that should get you up and running with FaceTime. And you can see video chats with FaceTime are really a great way to stay in touch with people, especially if they're far away over long distances.
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- Organizing your desktop
- Browsing file folders with Finder
- Creating, copying, moving, and renaming files and folders
- Launching and quitting applications from the Dock
- Using Dashboard Widgets and Mission Control
- Saving and searching
- Browsing the web with Safari
- Communicating with iMessage and FaceTime
- Using iTunes, QuickTime, and Maps
- Installing applications from the App Store
- Sharing over a network
- Backing up and restoring Mac OS X 10.10