Video Chat Facebook

In case you haven't listened to, there's absolutely a war going on between Facebook as well as Google - and its only just started. With all the current hype and also buzz going around the Internet regarding Google+, Facebook determined that they had to act to get back right into the limelight; so they've now partnered with Skype to bring its customers video calling - Video Chat Facebook.

This indicates that you and any one of your friends can see each other face-to-face using your web cams as well as chat using your voice. Seeing that Google+ just came on the scene with their video chatting function called Hangouts, this "brand-new" feature on Facebook appears rather unimaginative. Yet, Facebook's video calling function is really pretty remarkable and also works a bit in different ways.

If you're like me, the majority of your non-tech savvy family members and also non-geeky friends have not even come across Google+; if they have heard about it, greater than likely they're not ready to try it out. To ensure that suggests you're stuck still making use of Facebook as well as might too invite the new functions (because there will certainly be even more to come in this war) with open arms.

Video Chat Facebook

Let's take a look at how you can make it possible for and utilize Facebook's brand-new video chat.

Getting Started

Prior to you could start video calling your friends, you will certainly have to allow it. This can be done by mosting likely to the Facebook Video Calling page and clicking on the green "Get Started" switch. You'll after that be prompted to download as well as run the Java application needed to utilize this function. Don't worry, this is a really fast process.

Note: The choice to use this new feature is not readily available for everyone. When I asked my partner to check out the page, he was unable to see the green button. It mentioned that the feature had not been yet offered to him. In this situation you'll need a person who can access the feature to initiate a video call with you. From there, they'll be prompted to install and also run the Java application.

The best ways to Call A Friend

There are 2 ways to call your friends.

First Method

You could enter into a chat window and click on the camera symbol from the top bar of the window. This technique lets you call any of your friends.

If they have not enabled the feature, they'll be prompted to do so. If they aren't online, you'll be able to leave them a video message.

Second Method

The various other method is by clicking the "call" button on your good friend's profile web page. The "call" button will certainly appear appropriate next to the message switch, in the leading right of their profile page.

If you take place to call them and also they're offline, you'll be able to leave a video message.

Note: The "call" button will just show up if you're authorized right into Facebook chat as well as if that friend has the highlighted made it possible for. So if you do not see a telephone call switch, you'll need to utilize the initial approach to make sure that they'll be prompted to allow the function.

Setup and Quality

The high quality of the video chat is pretty impressive. I have actually attempted Google+ Hangouts also and I need to admit that the top quality of the camera was not nearly as clear as Facebook's video calling. There additionally weren't nearly as numerous "hiccups" (i.e. window cold or delays).

If you've done a video chat in Skype, after that you'll acknowledge the configuration; there is a tiny window in the top right edge of the main window to ensure that you could see yourself. When you're done with a telephone call, you can simply shut the home window to end it.

Below is the camera view without the controls. The home window can be bigger, but this is the tiniest dimension. Even at complete display sight, the top quality continued to be exceptional.

Here is the camera sight with the controls. While I am writing this on Windows, I did test out the function on the Mac OS. So, your window might look a little various from mine. The only option available below is to transform the source of your microphone (i.e. web or headset).

Final Thoughts

I do desire that there were even more choices. For example, there is presently no chance to mute your microphone from the video call window; so you would certainly need to enter into your computer settings to do this or use the mute button on your headset (if it has one).

Additionally, unlike Google+ Hangouts, there is presently no chance to do team video talks-- something that is sure to find in useful for overtaking multiple loved ones, group jobs, seminars, conferences, as well as a lot more. For now, you could still use Skype for that. Since every person is already on Facebook as well as are not most likely to in fact download Skype (if they haven't currently), this is most definitely something that needs to be carried out ASAP. However, you can do team message chats within the typical chat window.

Exactly what are your thoughts on Facebook's new video calling attribute? Do you believe it's a necessary attribute? Is it something that you can see yourself and/or friends and family using whatsoever? Do not hesitate to tell us your ideas in the remarks listed below.