Facebook Video Chat

In case you have not heard, there's definitely a war going on between Facebook as well as Google - as well as its only just begun. With all the recent hype and also buzz going around the Web concerning Google+, Facebook decided that they needed to take action to get back into the limelight; so they've now partnered with Skype to bring its customers video calling - Facebook Video Chat.

This suggests that you and any of your friends could see each other in person utilizing your web cams as well as chat using your voice. Seeing that Google+ simply emerged with their video chatting feature called Hangouts, this "new" function on Facebook appears instead unimaginative. Yet, Facebook's video calling feature is actually very excellent as well as works a bit differently.

If you're like me, most of your non-tech savvy relative and non-geeky friends have actually not also heard of Google+; if they have heard about it, more than most likely they're not ready to try it out. To make sure that indicates you're stuck still utilizing Facebook and also may too invite the brand-new attributes (since there will definitely be more to come in this war) with open arms.

Facebook Video Chat

Allow's take a look at the best ways to allow and utilize Facebook's new video chat.


Prior to you could start video calling your friends, you will certainly should allow it. This can be done by going to the Facebook Video Calling page and also clicking the green "Get Started" switch. You'll then be prompted to download and install and run the Java application should utilize this attribute. Don't worry, this is an extremely fast process.

Note: The alternative to utilize this new feature is not readily available for every person. When I asked my hubby to go to the page, he was not able to see the green button. It specified that the attribute wasn't yet offered to him. In this instance you'll need somebody that can access the attribute to start a video call with you. From there, they'll be prompted to install as well as run the Java application.

How to Call A Friend

There are two means to call your friends.

First Approach

You could go into a chat window and also click the camera symbol from the top bar of the window. This approach lets you call any one of your friends.

If they haven't enabled the function, they'll be motivated to do so. If they aren't on the internet, you'll have the ability to leave them a video message.

2nd Technique

The various other method is by clicking the "call" switch on your good friend's account page. The "call" switch will certainly appear best alongside the message button, in the top right of their account web page.

If you occur to call them and they're offline, you'll have the ability to leave a video message.

Note: The "call" switch will only appear if you're signed into Facebook chat as well as if that friend has the featured made it possible for. So if you don't see a call switch, you'll need to make use of the very first approach so that they'll be triggered to enable the attribute.

Setup and also Quality

The high quality of the video chat is rather outstanding. I have actually attempted Google+ Hangouts too and I need to confess that the quality of the camera was not nearly as clear as Facebook's video calls. There also weren't nearly as lots of "hiccups" (i.e. window freezing or delays).

If you have actually done a video chat in Skype, then you'll recognize the setup; there is a tiny home window in the leading right corner of the primary home window to make sure that you could see on your own. Once you're finished with a phone call, you can simply close the window to finish it.

Right here is the camera sight without the controls. The home window can be bigger, but this is the tiniest size. Even at full display sight, the top quality continued to be superb.

Right here is the camera view with the controls. While I am composing this on Windows, I did examination out the feature on the Mac OS. So, your home window might look a little various from mine. The only option readily available right here is to transform the source of your microphone (i.e. web or headset).

Final Thoughts

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

Additionally, unlike Google+ Hangouts, there is presently no other way to do group video chats-- something that is sure to find in convenient for catching up with multiple family and friends, group projects, meetings, meetings, and also extra. In the meantime, you can still use Skype for that. Given that every person is currently on Facebook and also are not most likely to actually download Skype (if they haven't already), this is certainly something that should be implemented ASAP. Nevertheless, you can do team text talks within the typical chat window.

What are your thoughts on Facebook's brand-new video calling attribute? Do you think it's a required function? Is it something that you can see on your own and/or family and friends utilizing whatsoever? Feel free to inform us your ideas in the remarks below.