Originally Posted by JeffDM
This seems to assume that you're using the big display for the image and the small display for the capture. I don't see why it has to be that way, use iChat on the smaller display, which will probably work better that way because it shortens the distance between the image and the camera.
TV news usually uses a nifty system where the camera is behind an image projected onto beam splitter glass, so you can make it look like you're looking into their eyes. With computer displays, you either look into the camera and get whatever you can through peripheral vision, or you don't really look like you're looking into the camera by looking down towards the image that comes back, so a smaller screen helps either way.
What the hell are you talking about?
The reason the LED Cinema Display has an iSight Camera is for convenience. In most cases, anybody who is going to put out a grand for a new monitor intends it as their main, if only, production screen.
Sure, some may only video chat on the small screen, but as we do and as seen most often when you see the kids video conferencing at the Apple Store, the large screen is a joy.
In any case, and as in any TV studio I have been producing in, you always look into the camera lens if you are directing you conversation to the viewer.
As we found when we instruct students/clients new to video conferencing using iChat for example, most would look at themselves on screen or, look and talk to the picture of the person on their screens. As if the person were live in front of them.
In any event, you look into the camera that you set up to use, i.e., Macbook or Display, in iChat Preferences.
Obviously, you can't use both at the same time.
And obviously, any new DTs that come along will surely be capable of connecting to the new LED Cinema Displays making the inclusion of the iSight Camera particularly worthwhile.