Want to interact with your friends with both voice and video?
You can, with Skype’s video call features. As long as you and your friend have webcams built in or connected to a computer, you can use Skype’s video call features.
Alternatively, you can also do a video call with the iPhone 4’s built in camera and the Skype iPhone app.
To make a video call using Skype, follow these steps.
Step 1: Select the Person to Call
Double click on the person you want to call. The call box will pop up.
Step 2: Click Video Call
Click on the video call button to initiate a video call.
When the person on the other end of the call picks up the call, you’ll see the connected video call window. It looks like this:
Once connected, you’ll be able to see your friend in the upper screen and yourself in the lower screen. The lower screen enables you to see exactly how you look to your friend.
Connecting a video call is that simple. Here are a few more options for the video call:
Step 3: Video Options
Hover your mouse over the top of the screen to see the video options bar.
Here’s what each of these options does:
Snapshot: Saves a picture of the screen.
Full screen: Enlarges the video to a full screen view.
Zoom in: Zoom in on your friend.
Pop-out: Pops the video out of the chat window, making it smaller and more maneuverable.
Step 4: More Tools
Along the bottom of the call box are a few more tools for managing the video chat.
#1 – Ends the call.
#2 – Mutes your microphone.
#3 – Adjust the volume of your mic.
#4 – Invite more people to this video chat.
#5 – Hover over this button to see your video feed.
#6 – Screen sharing.
#7 – Show the dial pad.
#8 – Show the chat box.
#9 – Like a cell phone, this box will light up with bars showing you how strong your connection is.
That’s it! You now know how to make a video call and how to adjust the video call options. Making a video call may seem daunting if you’ve never done it before, but in reality it’s just a few clicks away.