Facebook Video Chat

In case you haven't heard, there's certainly a battle taking place in between Facebook and also Google - as well as its only just begun. With all the current buzz 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 currently partnered with Skype to bring its users video calling - Facebook Video Chat.

This suggests that you as well as any one of your friends could see each other in person using your cams and chat utilizing your voice. Seeing that Google+ just came on the scene with their video talking function called Hangouts, this "brand-new" function on Facebook seems instead unimaginative. Yet, Facebook's video calling function is in fact quite remarkable and also functions a little bit in different ways.

If you resemble me, a lot of your non-tech savvy member of the family and also non-geeky friends have actually not also become aware of Google+; if they have actually found out about it, more than likely they're not willing to try it out. To ensure that implies you're stuck still using Facebook and may also invite the new features (since there will absolutely be even more ahead in this war) with open arms.

Facebook Video Chat

Allow's take a look at ways to allow as well as use Facebook's brand-new video chat.


Prior to you could begin video calling your friends, you will have to enable it. This can be done by mosting likely to the Facebook Video Calling page and clicking the green "Get Started" button. You'll then be motivated to download and run the Java application needed to use this function. Don't worry, this is a very quick procedure.

Keep in mind: The choice to utilize this new attribute is not offered for every person. When I asked my hubby to see the web page, he was not able to see the green switch. It stated that the attribute had not been yet offered to him. In this instance you'll require a person who could access the attribute to initiate a video call with you. From there, they'll be triggered to install and also run the Java application.

How to Call A Friend

There are 2 means to call your friends.

First Technique

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

If they have not made it possible for the attribute, they'll be prompted to do so. If they aren't on-line, you'll have the ability to leave them a video message.

2nd Method

The various other method is by clicking the "call" button on your friend's account page. The "call" button will certainly appear best next to the message switch, in the top right of their account page.

If you take place to call them as well as they're offline, you'll have the ability to leave a video message.

Note: The "call" switch will only appear if you're authorized into Facebook chat and also if that friend has the featured allowed. So if you don't see a telephone call button, you'll have to utilize the first technique to ensure that they'll be triggered to allow the function.

Setup as well as Quality

The quality of the video chat is very remarkable. I've attempted Google+ Hangouts too and also I need to admit that the top quality of the camera was not almost as clear as Facebook's video calling. There likewise weren't nearly as lots of "hiccups" (i.e. window freezing or hold-ups).

If you have actually done a video chat in Skype, then you'll acknowledge the configuration; there is a small window in the leading right corner of the primary window so that you could see on your own. As soon as you're made with a telephone call, you can 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 tiniest size. Also at full display view, the high quality remained outstanding.

Here is the camera view with the controls. While I am writing this on Windows, I did test out the feature on the Mac OS. So, your home window could look a little different from mine. The only choice available right here is to change the resource of your microphone (i.e. internet or headset).

Final Thoughts

I do want that there were more choices. As an example, there is currently no chance to silence your microphone from the video call window; so you 'd need to go into your computer settings to do this or make use of the mute button 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 certain to come in helpful for overtaking several loved ones, group tasks, meetings, conferences, and a lot more. In the meantime, you could still use Skype for that. Since everyone is currently on Facebook as well as are not likely to really download Skype (if they have not currently), this is most definitely something that must be applied ASAP. Nevertheless, you can do team message talks within the regular chat window.

What are your ideas on Facebook's new video calling feature? Do you assume it's a necessary function? Is it something that you can see on your own and/or friends and family utilizing whatsoever? Feel free to tell us your ideas in the comments listed below.