Facebook Chat Video

In case you have not heard, there's definitely a war taking place in between Facebook as well as Google - and its only just started. With all the recent buzz as well as buzz walking around the Web about Google+, Facebook chose that they had to take action to obtain back right into the spotlight; so they've currently partnered with Skype to bring its individuals video calling - Facebook Chat Video.

This indicates that you and any one of your friends could see each other face-to-face using your webcams and chat utilizing your voice. Seeing that Google+ just came on the scene with their video chatting feature called Hangouts, this "new" attribute on Facebook appears instead unoriginal. Yet, Facebook's video calling feature is in fact pretty impressive as well as functions a little bit in different ways.

If you're like me, most of your non-tech savvy relative and also non-geeky friends have actually not also become aware of Google+; if they have found out about it, greater than likely they're not willing to try it out. So that indicates you're stuck still using Facebook as well as might too invite the brand-new features (because there will most definitely be more to come in this battle) with open arms.

Facebook Chat Video

Allow's have a look at the best ways to make it possible for and also utilize Facebook's new video chat.


Before you could begin video calling your friends, you will certainly need to allow it. This can be done by going to the Facebook Video Calling page and clicking the green "Get Started" switch. You'll after that be triggered to download and install as well as run the Java application should utilize this function. Don't worry, this is a really fast procedure.

Keep in mind: The option to use this brand-new feature is not available for everyone. When I asked my other half to visit the web page, he was not able to see the green button. It stated that the function wasn't yet offered to him. In this situation you'll need a person that can access the feature to launch a video call with you. From there, they'll be triggered to install and also run the Java application.

The best ways to Call A Friend

There are two methods to call your friends.

First Technique

You could go into a chat window and click on the camera icon from the top bar of the home window. This method lets you call any one of your friends.

If they have not allowed the feature, they'll be triggered to do so. If they typically aren't online, you'll have the ability to leave them a video message.

Second Technique

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

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

Keep in mind: The "call" button will just appear if you're authorized right into Facebook chat and also if that friend has the highlighted allowed. So if you don't see a call switch, you'll have to utilize the first technique so that they'll be triggered to enable the function.

Setup and also Quality

The high quality of the video chat is quite excellent. I've tried Google+ Hangouts too and I need to confess that the high quality of the camera was not almost as clear as Facebook's video calls. There also just weren't nearly as many "missteps" (i.e. window cold or delays).

If you've done a video chat in Skype, after that you'll recognize the configuration; there is a tiny window in the top right edge of the main window to make sure that you could see on your own. When you're made with a call, you could just close the window to finish it.

Right here is the camera sight without the controls. The home window can be bigger, however this is the smallest dimension. Even at complete display sight, the top quality remained superb.

Right here is the camera sight with the controls. While I am creating this on Windows, I did examination out the feature on the Mac OS. So, your window may look a little various from mine. The only choice available here is to change the resource of your microphone (i.e. net or headset).

Final Thoughts

I do desire that there were even more choices. For instance, there is presently no chance to silence your microphone from the video call home window; so you would certainly should go into your computer system settings to do this or utilize the mute switch on your headset (if it has one).

Also, unlike Google+ Hangouts, there is presently no way to do team video talks-- something that is sure ahead in useful for catching up with multiple friends and family, team jobs, conferences, meetings, and also a lot more. For now, you could still use Skype for that. Given that everyone is currently on Facebook and also are not most likely to actually download and install Skype (if they haven't already), this is most definitely something that should be carried out ASAP. Nevertheless, you can do group message talks within the regular chat window.

Just what are your ideas on Facebook's new video calling feature? Do you believe it's an essential function? Is it something that you can see yourself and/or loved ones using whatsoever? Do not hesitate to inform us your ideas in the comments below.