Facebook with Video Chat

In case you haven't heard, there's definitely a war going on between Facebook and Google - and its only just begun. With all the current buzz as well as buzz walking around the Net about Google+, Facebook decided that they needed to take action to obtain back into the spotlight; so they have actually now partnered with Skype to bring its individuals video calling - Facebook With Video Chat.

This indicates that you and also any of your friends could see each other face-to-face using your webcams as well as chat utilizing your voice. Seeing that Google+ simply emerged with their video chatting attribute called Hangouts, this "brand-new" feature on Facebook seems instead unoriginal. Yet, Facebook's video calling feature is really rather remarkable and also works a little bit in a different way.

If you resemble me, a lot of your non-tech savvy relative and non-geeky friends have not even heard of Google+; if they have found out about it, more than likely they're not ready to try it out. To make sure that suggests you're stuck still making use of Facebook and might as well welcome the new functions (since there will absolutely be more ahead in this battle) with open arms.

Facebook With Video Chat

Let's take a look at how to make it possible for and also make use of Facebook's new video chat.


Prior to you could start video calling your friends, you will should enable it. This can be done by mosting likely to the Facebook Video Calling page and also clicking the green "Get Started" button. You'll after that be motivated to download and install and run the Java application had to utilize this function. Don't worry, this is a very quick process.

Note: The choice to utilize this brand-new attribute is not available for everybody. When I asked my spouse to see the web page, he was not able to see the green switch. It stated that the feature wasn't yet offered to him. In this instance you'll require someone that 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 ways to call your friends.

First Method

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

If they haven't enabled the attribute, they'll be prompted to do so. If they aren't online, you'll have the ability to leave them a video message.

2nd Technique

The various other approach is by clicking the "call" button on your pal's profile web page. The "call" button will show up ideal next to the message button, in the top right of their profile web page.

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

Note: The "call" switch will only show up if you're signed right into Facebook chat and also if that friend has the highlighted made it possible for. So if you do not see a telephone call button, you'll have to make use of the first approach so that they'll be triggered to allow the attribute.

Setup as well as Quality

The quality of the video chat is pretty remarkable. I have actually tried Google+ Hangouts also and also 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 almost as numerous "missteps" (i.e. home window freezing or delays).

If you've done a video chat in Skype, then you'll identify the configuration; there is a small home window in the leading right corner of the primary window so that you can see on your own. When you're finished with a call, you can simply close the window to end it.

Below is the camera view without the controls. The window can be enlarged, yet this is the smallest dimension. Also at complete screen view, the top quality stayed outstanding.

Here is the camera sight with the controls. While I am composing this on Windows, I did examination out the attribute on the Mac OS. So, your window may look a little different from mine. The only choice readily available below is to transform the source of your microphone (i.e. internet or headset).

Final Thoughts

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

Likewise, unlike Google+ Hangouts, there is presently no way to do team video talks-- something that is sure to come in useful for catching up with multiple loved ones, team tasks, seminars, meetings, and also more. For now, you could still make use of Skype for that. Given that everybody is currently on Facebook as well as are not likely to in fact download Skype (if they have not currently), this is certainly something that needs to be carried out ASAP. Nevertheless, you can do group message chats within the typical chat window.

What are your thoughts on Facebook's brand-new video calling function? Do you think it's a required feature? Is it something that you can see on your own and/or friends and family using in all? Don't hesitate to inform us your thoughts in the remarks listed below.