Video Chat Facebook

In case you have not listened to, there's certainly a battle taking place in between Facebook and also Google - and its only just begun. With all the current buzz and buzz walking around the Net about Google+, Facebook decided that they should do something about it to get back into the spotlight; so they have actually currently partnered with Skype to bring its users video calling - Video Chat Facebook.

This means that you and any of your friends can see each other face-to-face utilizing your cams and also chat utilizing your voice. Seeing that Google+ simply came on the scene with their video talking feature called Hangouts, this "new" function on Facebook seems instead unoriginal. Yet, Facebook's video calling attribute is in fact rather remarkable as well as works a little bit in a different way.

If you resemble me, most of your non-tech savvy family members and non-geeky friends have actually not even heard of Google+; if they have read about it, more than most likely they're not going to try it out. To make sure that implies you're stuck still utilizing Facebook as well as could as well welcome the brand-new functions (because there will certainly be even more to come in this war) with open arms.

Video Chat Facebook

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


Prior to you can start 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 and also run the Java application should use this feature. Don't worry, this is a really fast process.

Keep in mind: The alternative to use this new feature is not available for everybody. When I asked my hubby to go to the page, he was unable to see the green switch. It stated that the feature had not been yet offered to him. In this case you'll require somebody who could access the feature to initiate a video call with you. From there, they'll be triggered to install and run the Java application.

How to Call A Friend

There are 2 methods to call your friends.

First Approach

You can go into a conversation home window as well as click on the camera icon from the top bar of the home window. This approach lets you call any one of your friends.

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

2nd Technique

The other technique is by clicking the "call" button on your friend's account web page. The "call" switch will certainly show up ideal alongside the message switch, in the top right of their account 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 signed right into Facebook chat and also if that friend has the featured enabled. So if you don't see a telephone call button, you'll have to use the very first technique to ensure that they'll be triggered to allow the feature.

Setup and also Quality

The high quality of the video chat is quite remarkable. I have actually tried Google+ Hangouts also and I have to admit that the top quality of the camera was not virtually as clear as Facebook's video calling. There additionally just weren't nearly as lots of "hiccups" (i.e. home window cold or delays).

If you've done a video chat in Skype, then you'll identify the setup; there is a small home window in the leading right corner of the main home window to ensure that you can see yourself. As soon as you're done with a phone call, you can just shut the home window to finish it.

Here is the camera view without the controls. The window can be enlarged, however this is the tiniest size. Even at full screen sight, the top quality stayed exceptional.

Below is the camera view with the controls. While I am writing this on Windows, I did examination out the function on the Mac OS. So, your window may look a little various from mine. The only alternative offered below is to change the resource of your microphone (i.e. web or headset).

Final Thoughts

I do desire that there were even more alternatives. As an example, there is currently no chance to mute your microphone from the video call home window; so you 'd should enter into your computer system setups to do this or use 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 makes sure ahead in useful for catching up with numerous loved ones, team tasks, seminars, meetings, as well as extra. In the meantime, you could still use Skype for that. Considering that everybody is currently on Facebook and are not likely to in fact download Skype (if they have not currently), this is most definitely something that must be carried out ASAP. Nevertheless, you can do group text chats within the regular chat window.

What are your ideas on Facebook's new video calling function? Do you assume it's a needed attribute? Is it something that you can see on your own and/or family and friends utilizing whatsoever? Do not hesitate to tell us your ideas in the comments below.