This indicates that you and any of your friends can see each other face-to-face using your cams and also chat utilizing your voice. Seeing that Google+ just emerged with their video talking function called Hangouts, this "new" attribute on Facebook seems instead unimaginative. Yet, Facebook's video calling feature is really pretty excellent as well as functions a little bit differently.
If you resemble me, the majority of your non-tech savvy member of the family as well as non-geeky friends have actually not even become aware of Google+; if they have read about it, more than most likely they're not happy to try it out. To make sure that suggests you're stuck still using Facebook and also may as well invite the brand-new functions (because there will certainly be more to come in this battle) with open arms.
How To Video Chat On Facebook
Allow's take a look at how to allow and also use Facebook's new video chat.
Before you can begin video calling your friends, you will need to allow it. This can be done by going to the Facebook Video Calling page and clicking the green "Get Started" button. You'll then be triggered to download and install and run the Java application should utilize this feature. Don't worry, this is a really fast procedure.
Keep in mind: The alternative to utilize this new feature is not offered for everyone. When I asked my spouse to visit the web page, he was unable to see the green switch. It specified that the function wasn't yet readily available to him. In this instance you'll need somebody that can access the function to launch a video call with you. From there, they'll be motivated to install and run the Java application.
The best ways to Call A Friend
There are 2 means to call your friends.
You could enter into a chat window and also click on the camera icon from the top bar of the window. This technique allows you call any one of your friends.
If they haven't allowed the attribute, they'll be motivated to do so. If they aren't online, you'll be able to leave them a video message.
The other method is by clicking the "call" button on your good friend's profile page. The "call" button will appear right beside the message button, in the leading right of their profile web page.
If you occur to call them as well as they're offline, you'll be able to leave a video message.
Keep in mind: The "call" switch will only appear if you're authorized into Facebook chat as well as if that friend has the featured enabled. So if you do not see a phone call button, you'll have to use the very first method to ensure that they'll be prompted to enable the function.
Setup and Quality
The quality of the video chat is very remarkable. I've tried Google+ Hangouts as well and also I have to confess that the quality of the camera was not nearly as clear as Facebook's video calling. There also weren't nearly as many "hiccups" (i.e. window freezing or delays).
If you've done a video chat in Skype, after that you'll identify the configuration; there is a small home window in the leading right corner of the main window to make sure that you can see on your own. As soon as you're done with a call, you can just shut the home window to finish it.
Below is the camera view without the controls. The window can be enlarged, however this is the smallest size. Even at complete screen view, the quality continued to be exceptional.
Below is the camera view with the controls. While I am writing this on Windows, I did test out the attribute on the Mac OS. So, your home window might look a little different from mine. The only option available right here is to alter the resource of your microphone (i.e. net or headset).
I do wish that there were even more options. As an example, there is presently no way to silence your microphone from the video call home window; so you would certainly need to go into your computer system setups to do this or utilize the mute switch on your headset (if it has one).
Also, unlike Google+ Hangouts, there is presently no way to do group video talks-- something that makes certain to find in helpful for overtaking numerous friends and family, team tasks, seminars, meetings, and much more. In the meantime, you can still use Skype for that. Considering that everybody is already on Facebook and are not most likely to in fact download Skype (if they have not currently), this is absolutely something that should be applied ASAP. Nonetheless, you can do group text chats within the regular chat home window.
Exactly what are your thoughts on Facebook's new video calling function? Do you think it's a needed feature? Is it something that you can see on your own and/or friends and family making use of whatsoever? Don't hesitate to tell us your thoughts in the remarks below.