Video Chat Facebook

In case you have not listened to, there's certainly a battle taking place in between Facebook as well as Google - as well as its only just begun. With all the recent hype and buzz walking around the Internet concerning Google+, Facebook made a decision that they had to do something about it to obtain back right into the spotlight; so they've now partnered with Skype to bring its users video calling - Video Chat Facebook.

This indicates that you and any of your friends can see each other face-to-face using your webcams and chat using your voice. Seeing that Google+ just emerged with their video chatting attribute called Hangouts, this "new" attribute on Facebook seems rather unimaginative. Yet, Facebook's video calling function is actually rather remarkable as well as functions a bit in different ways.

If you resemble me, most of your non-tech savvy family members and also non-geeky friends have actually not even become aware of Google+; if they have become aware of it, greater than likely they're not going to try it out. To ensure that suggests you're stuck still utilizing Facebook and may as well welcome the brand-new functions (because there will definitely be more ahead in this war) with open arms.

Video Chat Facebook

Let's take a look at ways to allow and also utilize Facebook's brand-new video chat.


Before you could begin video calling your friends, you will need to 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 run the Java application had to utilize this attribute. Don't worry, this is a very quick process.

Note: The option to use this brand-new feature is not available for everyone. When I asked my partner to go to the page, he was unable to see the green switch. It specified that the function wasn't yet readily available to him. In this situation you'll require a person who can access the feature to start a video call with you. From there, they'll be motivated to install and also run the Java application.

Ways to Call A Friend

There are 2 methods to call your friends.

First Method

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

If they have not made it possible for the feature, they'll be motivated to do so. If they aren't on the internet, 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 account page. The "call" button will certainly appear best beside the message switch, in the leading right of their account web page.

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

Note: The "call" switch will only appear if you're authorized right into Facebook chat as well as if that friend has the highlighted allowed. So if you don't see a call button, you'll have to use the initial method to make sure that they'll be motivated to allow the feature.

Setup as well as Quality

The quality of the video chat is quite remarkable. I've tried Google+ Hangouts also and also I need to confess that the top quality of the camera was not nearly as clear as Facebook's video calls. There likewise just weren't nearly as lots of "hiccups" (i.e. home window cold or delays).

If you've done a video chat in Skype, after that you'll acknowledge the configuration; there is a little window in the top right edge of the major home window to ensure that you could see on your own. As soon as you're done with a call, you could just shut the home window to finish it.

Here is the camera view without the controls. The home window can be enlarged, yet this is the smallest dimension. Even at full display view, the high quality stayed superb.

Here is the camera sight with the controls. While I am creating this on Windows, I did examination out the attribute on the Mac OS. So, your home window might look a little different from mine. The only alternative offered here is to change the source of your microphone (i.e. net or headset).

Final Thoughts

I do want that there were even more alternatives. For instance, there is presently no chance to mute your microphone from the video call window; so you would certainly need to go into your computer setups to do this or use the mute switch on your headset (if it has one).

Likewise, unlike Google+ Hangouts, there is presently no chance to do team video chats-- something that makes sure to come in handy for catching up with multiple loved ones, team tasks, seminars, meetings, and also much more. In the meantime, you can still utilize Skype for that. Because everybody is currently on Facebook as well as are not likely to really download Skype (if they haven't currently), this is most definitely something that ought to be implemented ASAP. Nevertheless, you can do team message talks within the typical chat home window.

What are your ideas on Facebook's new video calling feature? Do you assume it's an essential feature? Is it something that you can see yourself and/or family and friends using in any way? Do not hesitate to inform us your thoughts in the comments below.