Facebook Chat Video

In case you haven't heard, there's most definitely a battle going on between Facebook and Google - and also its only just begun. With all the current hype and also buzz walking around the Internet concerning Google+, Facebook determined that they needed to take action to get back right into the limelight; so they've currently partnered with Skype to bring its individuals video calling - Facebook Chat Video.

This implies that you as well as any one of your friends can see each other in person utilizing your web cams and also chat utilizing your voice. Seeing that Google+ just emerged with their video talking feature called Hangouts, this "brand-new" feature on Facebook seems rather unimaginative. Yet, Facebook's video calling attribute is really rather remarkable and also works a little bit in different ways.

If you're like me, the majority of your non-tech savvy relative and also non-geeky friends have actually not also heard of Google+; if they have actually become aware of it, greater than likely they're not going to try it out. So that indicates you're stuck still using Facebook and could also welcome the brand-new functions (due to the fact that there will certainly be even more ahead in this war) with open arms.

Facebook Chat Video

Let's have a look at ways to enable as well as utilize Facebook's new video chat.


Before you can begin video calling your friends, you will need to enable it. This can be done by mosting likely to the Facebook Video Calling page and also clicking on the green "Get Started" switch. You'll then be triggered to download and install as well as run the Java application needed to utilize this attribute. Don't worry, this is a very quick process.

Keep in mind: The alternative to utilize this brand-new function is not available for every person. When I asked my spouse to check out the page, he was not able to see the green button. It mentioned that the function had not been yet readily available to him. In this instance you'll require someone who could access the feature to start a video call with you. From there, they'll be prompted to install as well as run the Java application.

How you can Call A Friend

There are two methods to call your friends.

First Method

You can enter into a conversation home window and click the camera symbol from the top bar of the window. This approach allows you call any one of your friends.

If they haven't made it possible for the attribute, they'll be motivated to do so. If they aren't on-line, you'll be able to leave them a video message.

Second Method

The other technique is by clicking the "call" switch on your friend's profile page. The "call" button will certainly appear ideal alongside the message button, in the top right of their account page.

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

Note: The "call" button will just appear if you're signed into Facebook chat and also if that friend has the highlighted enabled. So if you do not see a phone call button, you'll have to use the very first approach to make sure that they'll be prompted to allow the feature.

Setup and Quality

The high quality of the video chat is very impressive. I have actually attempted Google+ Hangouts too and I have to admit that the quality of the camera was not almost as clear as Facebook's video calling. There also just weren't nearly as several "missteps" (i.e. window freezing or hold-ups).

If you've done a video chat in Skype, after that you'll identify the setup; there is a tiny home window in the leading right corner of the primary window so that you could see yourself. When you're done with a call, you could just close the home window to end it.

Below is the camera view without the controls. The window can be enlarged, but this is the tiniest dimension. Also at complete display sight, the quality continued to be outstanding.

Right here is the camera view with the controls. While I am writing this on Windows, I did test out the attribute on the Mac OS. So, your window might look a little various from mine. The only alternative available here is to alter the resource of your microphone (i.e. internet or headset).

Final Thoughts

I do desire that there were even more alternatives. As an example, there is currently no other way to silence your microphone from the video call window; so you would certainly need to enter into your computer setups to do this or make use of the mute button on your headset (if it has one).

Also, unlike Google+ Hangouts, there is presently no chance to do team video talks-- something that is sure ahead in helpful for overtaking several loved ones, group tasks, meetings, conferences, and also extra. For now, you can still make use of Skype for that. Considering that everybody is already on Facebook and are not most likely to in fact download Skype (if they haven't already), this is certainly something that should be carried out ASAP. Nonetheless, you can do group text chats within the normal chat window.

What are your thoughts on Facebook's brand-new video calling function? Do you think it's a needed function? Is it something that you can see on your own and/or family and friends using in any way? Feel free to inform us your thoughts in the comments below.

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