Webcams have become very popular in the last few years. They allow people to carry on face-to-face interaction over the Internet. It is a way for people who are far apart to chat like they are in the same room; it doesn’t matter if the people are across town or across the ocean, they can still talk face-to-face. Follow these instructions to set up your webcam:
1. You will first need to buy yourself a webcam. You want to look for one that permits a high rate of frames per second. The reason you want this is that it will make the picture appear more clearly, without choppy images, for the person you are speaking with. There are also high definition webcams that will allow the image to be even more clear. You may want to purchase one that has both capabilities.
2. Download the software that comes with the webcam. If it did not come with operating software, you can try to download Microsoft Windows Media Encoder version 9, which is available free of charge online.
3. Once the software is installed, restart your computer. Connect the USB cable connection of the webcam to the back of the computer.
4. Join MSN, Yahoo, or AOL messenger. If you already have an e-mail account with one of these companies, you can sign up to use their messenger service. Also, the person that you plan to video chat with will have to be signed up with the same messenger service that you are for you both to be able to see each other.
5. Position the webcam where you want it. You can either attach it to the top of the computer monitor or set it beside the monitor. The majority of webcams are build so they can be connected to the top of computer monitors.
6. To begin the video chat, sign into the messenger and select the person from your contact list. Select “Contacts” in the chat window, then “Contact Options,” and “View WebCam.” As long as your friend carried out the same steps on their end, you should now be able to see each other.
Talking via webcam is a way that soldiers are able to keep in touch with their families during tours of duty; college students can talk with their parents or friends who have gone to different schools. Because most of these messaging services are free of charge, it is considerably less expensive for people to make long-distance and international contact than it is to use a phone, and the people have the added bonus of being able to see each other.