Re: CU-SeeMe and Color vs Black & White

Tuomas Eerola (te@UWasa.Fi)
Tue, 7 Nov 1995 21:48:32 +0200 (EET)

> The color situation confuses me. I took a look at ABC's web page which
> displays color pictures. My questions are:

> 1.] Can CU-SeeMe produce color pictures?

No, just 16 shades of gray.

> 2.] If not, why not?

CU-SeeMe compression algoritm is designed for 16 shades of gray.

> 4.] I understand that QuickCam is limited to B&W. Are there other cameras
> which will produce color pictures for CU-SeeMe?

Any color video camera & capture board.
But CU-SeeMe still shows & sends grayscale images only.

If you want color, use some other program. They usually need also two
ISDN channels and dedicated hardware. I am really happy even with 16 shades
of gray when I can talk with many people around world.

If CU-SeeMe would have started with large color screen, not many people could
aford equipment or bandwidth. Videoconferencing alone is not fun.