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  1. BGBG

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    I hope browsers is the place for this question. I see on TV where two people can view each other and talk face to face on their computers and though never needed nor wanted to do this I was wondering what equipment is needed and how to do it. My laptop has a built in webcam. What would I need to do to, say, talk to my brother online with me viewing him and him viewing me on the screen? I am calling this "live chat" for do not know what else to call it. I suppose he would need a webcam on his PC but once have that I need a procedure. Can anyone help?
     
  2. Tony D

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    There are a few ways to video chat. Skype is a popular app with Windows users. It’s owned by Microsoft now and is included on new Windows machines.

    It’s available at https://www.skype.com/.

    Your laptop has a webcam and mic so you’re set. Your brother would need a mic and camera also. A camera won’t be needed for just audio chat.

    Oh, your computers will need to be connected to the internet.

    You both need to download the Skype app (if you don’t already have it) and create an account. It’s free.
     
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    You can also use Google Hangouts (free as well), I have used both on my phone and computer.

    You both have to be using the same software.

    I have found that using a headset helps in order to hear since some speakers are crappy.
     
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    How about that. I didn't know FB supported video chat or even audio chat.
     
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    Interesting topic. I didn't know FB had video chat either.

    Does anyone know if there is a quality difference between the three?
     
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    From my experience, Facebook audio/video chat has better quality and connectivity than Google Hangouts, but not as good as dedicated software such as Skype and Discord.
     
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    I guess this answers the question. I do not really need or want to do this anyway, but was curious and if found it easy I might try. Looks like the skype route would be the way. Thanks for the help.
     
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    Thanks lkjk:)
     
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