Facebook Video Chat

In case you haven't listened to, there's definitely a battle going on between Facebook and also Google - as well as its only just started. With all the recent hype and buzz going around the Net about Google+, Facebook determined that they had to do something about it to obtain back into the limelight; so they have actually now partnered with Skype to bring its individuals video calling - Facebook Video Chat.

This indicates that you and any one of your friends can see each other in person using your web cams as well as chat utilizing your voice. Seeing that Google+ simply came on the scene with their video chatting function called Hangouts, this "new" attribute on Facebook appears rather unimaginative. Yet, Facebook's video calling feature is really rather outstanding and also functions a little bit in a different way.

If you're like me, most of your non-tech savvy member of the family and non-geeky friends have actually not even come across Google+; if they have actually read about it, greater than most likely they're not willing to try it out. To ensure that implies you're stuck still making use of Facebook and may as well welcome the brand-new attributes (since there will absolutely be even more to find in this war) with open arms.

Facebook Video Chat

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

Getting going

Prior to you could begin video calling your friends, you will certainly should enable it. This can be done by going to the Facebook Video Calling page and clicking on the green "Get Started" button. You'll then be triggered to download and install as well as run the Java application had to utilize this attribute. Don't worry, this is an extremely fast procedure.

Keep in mind: The option to use this brand-new attribute is not readily available for everybody. When I asked my partner to go to the web page, he was unable to see the green switch. It mentioned that the function had not been yet offered to him. In this instance you'll need somebody that can access the feature to launch a video call with you. From there, they'll be motivated to install as well as 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 as well as click the camera symbol from the top bar of the home window. This technique allows you call any of your friends.

If they haven't made it possible for the function, they'll be prompted to do so. If they aren't online, you'll have the ability to leave them a video message.

Second Method

The various other approach is by clicking the "call" button on your pal's profile page. The "call" switch will certainly appear best next to the message button, in the leading right of their profile 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" button will just appear if you're authorized right into Facebook chat and if that friend has the highlighted allowed. So if you don't see a telephone call button, you'll need to make use of the first technique to ensure that they'll be motivated to allow the function.

Setup as well as Quality

The quality of the video chat is very impressive. I've attempted Google+ Hangouts also and I have to admit that the top quality of the camera was not almost as clear as Facebook's video calling. There additionally just weren't nearly as several "hiccups" (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 home window in the top right edge of the main window so that you can see on your own. Once you're done with a call, you could simply shut the window to finish it.

Right here is the camera sight without the controls. The window can be bigger, but this is the tiniest dimension. Also at complete screen view, the top quality remained outstanding.

Below is the camera sight with the controls. While I am writing this on Windows, I did test out the attribute on the Mac OS. So, your home window might look a little various from mine. The only choice available right here is to transform the source of your microphone (i.e. internet or headset).

Final Thoughts

I do desire that there were even more options. For instance, there is presently no chance to mute your microphone from the video call home window; so you 'd need to enter into your computer system setups to do this or use the mute button on your headset (if it has one).

Likewise, unlike Google+ Hangouts, there is currently no other way to do team video chats-- something that makes certain to find in handy for catching up with several family and friends, group tasks, conferences, meetings, and also a lot more. In the meantime, you could still utilize Skype for that. Considering that everybody is already on Facebook and are not most likely to really download Skype (if they have not already), this is definitely something that must be executed ASAP. Nonetheless, you can do team message chats within the typical chat window.

What are your ideas on Facebook's new video calling attribute? Do you think it's an essential attribute? Is it something that you can see on your own and/or friends and family utilizing in any way? Do not hesitate to tell us your ideas in the comments listed below.