Video Chat Facebook

In case you haven't heard, there's absolutely a battle going on in between Facebook and also Google - and also its only just started. With all the current hype and also buzz walking around the Net regarding Google+, Facebook chose that they needed to do something about it to obtain back into the limelight; so they have actually now partnered with Skype to bring its customers video calling - Video Chat Facebook.

This implies that you and also any of your friends could see each other in person using your cams and also chat utilizing your voice. Seeing that Google+ just emerged with their video chatting attribute called Hangouts, this "new" feature on Facebook seems rather unoriginal. Yet, Facebook's video calling feature is actually quite outstanding and works a little bit in different ways.

If you're like me, most of your non-tech savvy member of the family and also non-geeky friends have not even heard of Google+; if they have read about it, more than likely they're not going to try it out. So that suggests you're stuck still making use of Facebook and might too invite the new functions (since there will certainly be more to find in this battle) with open arms.

Video Chat Facebook

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


Prior to you could begin video calling your friends, you will certainly need to enable it. This can be done by going to the Facebook Video Calling page and clicking on the green "Get Started" button. You'll after that be triggered to download and install and also run the Java application had to utilize this feature. Don't worry, this is a really fast process.

Keep in mind: The option to utilize this brand-new feature is not offered for everybody. When I asked my other half to see the page, he was not able to see the green switch. It mentioned that the function wasn't yet offered to him. In this situation you'll require someone who could access the attribute to launch a video call with you. From there, they'll be prompted to install and also run the Java application.

How you can Call A Friend

There are 2 ways to call your friends.

First Technique

You could enter into a chat window as well as click on the camera symbol from the top bar of the home window. This approach allows you call any one of your friends.

If they have not allowed the function, they'll be triggered to do so. If they typically aren't on-line, you'll be able to leave them a video message.

Second Method

The various other technique is by clicking the "call" switch on your good friend's profile web page. The "call" switch will appear appropriate alongside the message switch, in the leading right of their account web page.

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

Note: The "call" button will only show up if you're signed into Facebook chat as well as if that friend has the highlighted allowed. So if you don't see a call switch, you'll have to utilize the very first technique to make sure that they'll be triggered to enable the attribute.

Setup as well as Quality

The high quality of the video chat is very outstanding. I've attempted Google+ Hangouts also as well as I need to admit that the high quality of the camera was not almost as clear as Facebook's video calls. There likewise weren't virtually as many "missteps" (i.e. home window freezing or delays).

If you have actually done a video chat in Skype, then you'll acknowledge the setup; there is a little window in the top right edge of the primary home window to make sure that you could see on your own. Once you're made with a telephone call, you could just shut the home window to finish it.

Right here is the camera view without the controls. The window can be bigger, yet this is the smallest dimension. Even at complete screen view, the high quality remained superb.

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

Final Thoughts

I do want that there were more options. For example, there is presently no way to silence your microphone from the video call home window; so you would certainly have to go into your computer settings to do this or use the mute button on your headset (if it has one).

Also, unlike Google+ Hangouts, there is currently no chance to do group video chats-- something that makes sure to find in helpful for catching up with multiple family and friends, group tasks, conferences, conferences, and also extra. For now, you can still utilize Skype for that. Considering that everybody is already on Facebook and also are not most likely to in fact download and install Skype (if they have not already), this is most definitely something that ought to be carried out ASAP. Nonetheless, you can do group message chats within the regular chat home window.

What are your ideas on Facebook's brand-new video calling function? Do you assume it's an essential function? Is it something that you can see on your own and/or family and friends utilizing in any way? Don't hesitate to inform us your ideas in the remarks listed below.