Skype has just launched a new beta version of their service which includes High Quality Video. That means you can have video calls with friends and family thousands of miles away, but it’ll be so clear that it will seem like they are right there with you. They’ve offered video calling for quite some time, but now the quality of the video calling has just gotten a lot better – no more fuzzy movements! Because it is high quality, there are some requirements that you’ll need to meet before you can use the service which will be explained below.
The most notable features of the new high quality video calling are:
- Resolution up to 640×480
- Cross-platform: Works between Windows and Mac OS X
Because it is high quality, there are some requirements for using the service. Be sure you are able to meet all of the requirements before trying it, otherwise it will not work. First you’ll need a webcam capable of taking high quality video (examples below) and obviously, both people will need a webcam. Secondly, you must have a dual-core processor in your computer. The last requirement is that you need to have a good amount of bandwidth. Skype recommends 380 KB and above.
Examples of what’s considered a “High Quality Video Webcam” are the Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 and the Logitech Quickcam Pro for Notebooks. Skype sells both for $99.99, and they both feature high definition 2.0 MP video and 8 MP photos. You can buy these cameras from other places like Amazon for cheaper though. Amazon has the QuickCam Pro 9000 for $84.00 and the QuickCam Pro for Notebooks for $85.49.
Despite the recent talk that Skype wasn’t a great buy for eBay, they have come a long ways since they first launched. Originally they just offered “low quality” calls, then came the mediocre video calls, and now the high quality video calls. If you meet the requirements that we talked about earlier, feel free to download the latest beta version of Skype and give it a try!