We just made sure all the readers of ShoutMeLoud and everybody else stumbles upon this website is made sure of the new Facebook Video Chat feature. Yeah, the ability to make calls and video chat with a friend right from your Facebook profile. In case you’re confused on how to get the Facebook video chat set up, then here’s a simple tutorial on how to get it right.
It’s all just a few simple steps and a small download of a plugin that will get you started with Facebook Video Chat. Follow the following steps to setup Facebook Video Chat:
How to Setup Video chat on Facebook:
Point your browser to http://facebook.com/videocalling and click on Get Started.
You should now be treated to a popup asking if you want to Set up video calling. Before this you’ll be asked to select any online contact, do select someone and all this will happen instantly.
When you click on Set up, a plug in will begin downloading and yes these plugins are browser dependent. Click on Run to install the plugin, which should only take about 8 seconds or less.
Once the process is completed, a new popup will open saying Calling ‘user’ and you get the option to cancel the call.
Once connected, you get to video chat with your friend and are given with few option such as Minimize, End and Fullscreen. You can also chat with your other friends while you’re video calling someone else.
As you can see above, the video quality isn’t that great, but that’s because of the Laptop webcam quality. If you’re using separate webcams, good ones probably, then you should have good picture quality.
There was no problem in Audio or the refresh rate, the video chat was pretty smooth. You can see by the excitement that my friend is portraying, this Facebook Video Chat feature is really going to kick some Google+ butts. You might experience your computer slowing down or crashing if you’re on a really old system, as the Video Chat feature utilizes some CPU juice, actually quite a lot, but even Skype did so.
Tell us if you’ve used this new feature of Facebook and let us know what you think about it.