Facebook with Video Chat

In case you haven't heard, there's definitely a battle going on in between Facebook as well as Google - as well as its only just begun. With all the current buzz and buzz walking around the Internet concerning Google+, Facebook chose that they had to do something about it to get back into the limelight; so they've currently partnered with Skype to bring its customers video calling - Facebook With Video Chat.

This indicates that you and any one of your friends can see each other face-to-face using your cams and chat using your voice. Seeing that Google+ simply emerged with their video chatting attribute called Hangouts, this "brand-new" feature on Facebook seems rather unimaginative. Yet, Facebook's video calling attribute is in fact quite outstanding as well as functions a little bit in a different way.

If you resemble me, the majority of your non-tech savvy family members and non-geeky friends have actually not even heard of Google+; if they have actually read about it, greater than likely they're not happy to try it out. To make sure that implies you're stuck still using Facebook and may as well welcome the new attributes (due to the fact that there will absolutely be more to find in this battle) with open arms.


Facebook With Video Chat


Allow's have a look at ways to allow and utilize Facebook's brand-new video chat.

Getting going

Before you could begin video calling your friends, you will have to allow it. This can be done by going to the Facebook Video Calling page as well as clicking on the green "Get Started" button. You'll then be motivated to download as well as run the Java application had to utilize this function. Don't worry, this is a really quick process.


Keep in mind: The option to use this brand-new attribute is not offered for everybody. When I asked my husband to go to the web page, he was not able to see the green switch. It specified that the attribute had not been yet readily available to him. In this instance you'll need somebody that can access the attribute to start a video call with you. From there, they'll be prompted to install and run the Java application.


How to Call A Friend



There are two means to call your friends.

First Method

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

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

Second Approach

The various other technique is by clicking the "call" button on your good friend's account web page. The "call" switch will certainly show up appropriate next to the message switch, in the leading right of their account page.

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


Note: The "call" switch will just show up if you're authorized into Facebook chat and if that friend has the featured enabled. So if you do not see a call button, you'll have to use the first technique to make sure that they'll be motivated to enable the feature.

Setup and Quality

The high quality of the video chat is quite excellent. I have actually tried Google+ Hangouts as well and also I have to admit that the quality of the camera was not almost as clear as Facebook's video calling. There also weren't nearly as several "hiccups" (i.e. window freezing or hold-ups).

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 corner of the main window to make sure that you can see on your own. Once you're done with a telephone call, you can just close the home window to finish it.

Below is the camera sight without the controls. The window can be enlarged, but this is the tiniest dimension. Even at complete screen view, the high quality remained exceptional.


Here is the camera view with the controls. While I am writing this on Windows, I did examination out the feature on the Mac OS. So, your window could look a little various from mine. The only option available here is to transform the source of your microphone (i.e. net or headset).


Final Thoughts

I do want that there were more choices. As an example, there is presently no way 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).

Also, unlike Google+ Hangouts, there is currently no way to do group video talks-- something that is sure to come in handy for overtaking several family and friends, group tasks, meetings, meetings, and also more. For now, you can still make use of Skype for that. Because every person is already on Facebook and are not likely to actually download and install Skype (if they have not already), this is certainly something that must be executed ASAP. Nonetheless, you can do team message talks within the typical chat window.

What are your thoughts on Facebook's new video calling function? Do you believe it's a required function? Is it something that you can see yourself and/or family and friends making use of at all? Do not hesitate to inform us your thoughts in the remarks listed below.