How to Install and Use Skype Facebook Video Calling (with pictures)

July 7, 2011 | Comments Off

Summary: Learn how to install and use Skype Facebook video chat in less than two minutes using these easy steps.   Skype and Facebook have partnered to add video chatting using the existing Facebook chat.

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Facebook's Video calling allows you to video chat with your friends face to face.  You'll need a webcam and a computer microphone (most new laptops have them) and you'll need to complete a quick, one-time setup, then you’re ready to video chat with any of your friends on Facebook.. If your friend isn’t available for video chat, you can leave a video voicemail.

With 750 million members, Facebook is the world's largest social network, and now Facebook users can easily have video and voice chats with each other after installing a small applet that is the result of a partnership with Skype.

Nearly all new laptops and netbooks have integrated cameras.   Many homes (at least those having teenagers) also likely have webcams and microphones connected to their desktop computers.    The biggest inconvenience to video communcation before was that you'd either have to leave your GMail or Skype application running or arrange a time to meet a video friend on those services.   Since many of your friends are already on Facebook, it's considerably easier now to chat on a whim if your friend is available for Facebook chat.

If you and your voice chat friend both have cameras and microphones, you'll be able to see and hear each other real-time.  If one of you doesn't have a camera and microphone, he or she can still see and hear the other person who does have a webcam and microphone.

In the steps below I describe how to easily install Skype Facebook video chat:


Pros: Integrated with Facebook chat, so it's easy to initiate Facebook video chat sessions with your friends.   Automatically finds your computer webcam and microphone so it's easy to install.   Feature allows you to leave video voicemail.   GroupChat feature allows up to 10 people to video chat and works on smart phones.

Cons: Choppy video quality. When using the facebook chat Window you can chat with only one person at a time. Doesn't work with facebook on mobile phones or tablets.
Instructions

Operating Systems: Windows Nt/2k/XP/Vista/Mac

Difficulty: Easy
Time: A couple of minutes

Things you'll Need

  • Computer Microphone
  • Computer Webcam
  • Facebook Account

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Part A: How to Install Skype Facebook Video Chat

After you perform the one-time setup below, you'll need only open the Facebook Chat Window, select a friend, and click the small camera icon to start a video chat.

Before you can have a Skype Facebook video chat, you must complete a quick, one-time setup.   A dialog will appear on your computer screen asking  your to compete the setup the first time you try to video chat with your friend or the fires time a friend tries to call you for a video chat.

Steps 1, 2 and 3  .Step 1: Click the Facebook chat button in the lower right corner of your Facebook screen to open up your list of friends who are currently available in chat.

Step 2: Click on the link of any online friend in the list with whom you'd like to video-chat.  The friend's name must have a red dot to the right indicating that he or she is available for chat.

Step 3: Click the small video chat icon at the top of your friend's text chat window.

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Step 4
.If it's your first time using Facebook Video Calling, you'll be prompted to set it up. Click the “Set Up” button and follow the instructions to install Facebook video calling on your browser.  Your friend will see a dialog letting him know you're installing the program.

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Step 5
.The Facebook setup program will download a small program to your computer's download directory.  Be sure to know where your browser places downloaded files because you'll need to run it when it finishes downloading.
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Step 4
.When you run the FacebookVideo.exe file, a browser Security warning will confirm that you want to Run the file.

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Step 5
.After you’ve successfully completed the setup, the video call you’ve started with your friend should connect automatically. If it doesn’t, you can initiate the video chat again by clicking the video icon at the top of the Facebook chat window.


Step 6
.If your Facebook friend hasn’t set up video chat yet, you'll see a dialog that asks you to wait until the setup is complete.  When your Facebook friend answers the video call, you may have to wait a moment before the video appears.   Your friend will appear in the large image, and the video of you (if you have a webcam) will appear in the inset.

Step 7
If your Facebook friend is unavailable, you can leave a video voicemail. The time and date of your video voicemail will be listed in your message history for that your friend.

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Photo Credit

Image captures and photographs by Chuck Eglinton

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