I have a Kona3 Card installed in a MacPro tower. When I open Skype, the Kona3 capture formats are recognized by Skype (we've used this to do video conferencing over Skype with our JVC GY-HD250). The problem is that Skype won't recognize a standard Logitech webcam, while iChat sees it just fine. I wonder if the Kona3 card is somehow over-riding the webcam.
Is there a way to temporarily "shut off" the Kona card without removing it from the tower?
I called AJA to get their take, and they basically said the same thing. There's no "on/off" switch, so the only way to disable Skype's connection to the card is to uninstall the drivers or remove the card.
I'm certainly not going to uninstall/reinstall the drivers every time I want to chat with someone, so it looks like Skype is out. The webcam works fine with iChat, but all my co-workers and clients are on Skype.
I did confirm wih AJA that that was the problem, however, I don't want to go through the ordeal of uninstalling the drivers every time I want to make a Skype call, then having to reinstall them afterwards.
In the end I just bought a USB microphone for my computer, so at least I can talk via Skype. The video would be nice, just not worth the hassle right now.
Probably my best option for a webcam would to find a super cheap mini-DV camera, and try to connect it via the Kona3 card. I think Skype would recognize it, since all it seems to find is what's coming through the card.
I'm glad that my problem has been able to help others realize the Skype-Kona connection. We've been using it for web conferencing for quite some time, and it works great, especially given that it's free.
Re: Skype vs. Kona3 by Gary Wieland on Aug 24, 2009 at 10:04:24 pm
Had the same problem with the latest Skype (version 22.214.171.1249). My iSight camera did not appear in the video camera drop-down in Skype preferences. I went back to the previous beta (version 126.96.36.199) and violå the isight is back in the list and everything works well.
You can find this older version at the following link: https://developer.skype.com/Download/OldVersionsCopy?highlight=%28old%29%7C...
Hello again to everyone who contributed to the "Skype vs. Kona3" thread. I have an exciting update. Yesterday, quite by accident, I discovered that Skype 2.8 now recognizes my web cam, while also recognizing my HD camera through the Kona card. No more having to switch to an older version to use my webcam!
I'm assuming that sometime between last summer and now Skype released an update that solved the problem. I just never realized it til now.
Re: Skype vs. Kona3 by Gary Wieland on Mar 5, 2010 at 2:25:13 am
Thanks for the update. Unfortunately it still does not work for me. Have the latest Skype (188.8.131.521) and the KONA 7.5 drivers. Still no video choice for the iSight camera in Skype. However there is now an audio input choice for the iSight so I can still use audio on Skype calls.
Re: Skype vs. Kona3 by James Feld on Apr 2, 2013 at 6:55:15 pm
Tried this with a MacPro 1,1 OS-10.7.5, Kona driver 3.4.4, Skype v3.6 did not pass any video but Audio worked through Kona I/O. Downgraded Skype to v3.3 and HD-SDI video worked from Kona to Skype. Can not get Skype inbound video to pass out through Kona output. Only get input pass through no matter what the Kona default video setting is.