Facebook with Video Chat

In case you haven't listened to, there's definitely a battle taking place between Facebook and Google - and its only just started. With all the recent buzz as well as buzz walking around the Internet regarding Google+, Facebook chose that they had to take action to obtain back right into the limelight; so they have actually now partnered with Skype to bring its users video calling - Facebook With Video Chat.

This means that you as well as any one of your friends could see each other face-to-face utilizing your web cams and also chat utilizing your voice. Seeing that Google+ just emerged with their video talking function called Hangouts, this "brand-new" function on Facebook appears instead unimaginative. Yet, Facebook's video calling feature is in fact pretty remarkable as well as works a little bit in a different way.

If you resemble me, a lot of your non-tech savvy member of the family and also non-geeky friends have not even heard of Google+; if they have become aware of it, more than likely they're not happy to try it out. So that means you're stuck still utilizing Facebook and may too welcome the new functions (since there will definitely be even more to come in this battle) with open arms.

Facebook With Video Chat

Allow's take a look at ways to allow and also make use of Facebook's brand-new video chat.


Prior to you can start 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 on the green "Get Started" button. You'll after that be triggered to download as well as run the Java application should use this function. Don't worry, this is a really fast process.

Keep in mind: The choice to use this brand-new attribute is not readily available for everybody. When I asked my other half to check out the page, he was not able to see the green switch. It mentioned that the function wasn't yet readily available to him. In this instance you'll require a person who can 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 to Call A Friend

There are 2 means to call your friends.

First Technique

You can go into a chat home window as well as click the camera symbol from the top bar of the home window. This method lets you call any one of your friends.

If they haven't made it possible for the attribute, they'll be prompted to do so. If they typically aren't on the internet, you'll be able to leave them a video message.

2nd Approach

The other approach is by clicking the "call" button on your pal's account web page. The "call" button will certainly show up right beside the message switch, in the top right of their account web page.

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

Note: The "call" button will only appear if you're signed into Facebook chat as well as if that friend has the featured allowed. So if you don't see a call switch, you'll need to use the initial approach to make sure that they'll be motivated to enable the feature.

Setup as well as Quality

The top quality of the video chat is rather impressive. I have actually attempted Google+ Hangouts as well as well as 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 virtually as several "hiccups" (i.e. home window freezing or delays).

If you've done a video chat in Skype, then you'll recognize the setup; there is a little window in the leading right edge of the primary home window to ensure that you could see yourself. Once you're finished with a phone call, you could simply shut the home window to finish it.

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

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

Final Thoughts

I do wish that there were more options. For example, there is currently no chance to mute your microphone from the video call window; so you 'd should go into your computer settings to do this or utilize the mute button on your headset (if it has one).

Also, unlike Google+ Hangouts, there is currently no other way to do team video talks-- something that is sure to come in handy for catching up with several friends and family, group jobs, meetings, meetings, and also more. For now, you could still make use of Skype for that. Given that every person 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 must be applied ASAP. Nonetheless, you can do team message talks within the regular chat home window.

Just what are your ideas on Facebook's new video calling feature? Do you believe it's a needed attribute? Is it something that you can see on your own and/or loved ones utilizing in all? Don't hesitate to tell us your thoughts in the remarks listed below.