Double Click - Skype and YouTube Presentation Notes
What is Skype?
Calling, seeing, messaging and sharing with others – wherever they are.
Skype is a software application that lets you make free calls to anyone else on Skype,
anywhere else in the world. It also allows you to contact landline and mobile phones but
those calls are not free. If you use Skype to make PC to PC communication, you pay
nothing more than the monthly Internet service, which you would anyway have
paid without Skype.
Skype is changing how people communicate with the integration of voice and
IM (Instant Messaging) into one application. Talk when you want and type when
you want, and switch between the two as you wish, seamlessly.
Skype, like many other VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) clients available, has
changed the way we think about communication and keeping in touch with
loved ones over great distances.
What do I need to use Skype on my computer?
All you need to get up and running with Skype is:
PC running Windows 2000 or XP
an internet connection – broadband is best
speakers and a microphone – built-in or separate
a webcam to make video calls
the Skype application
Most computers have built-in microphones and speakers, but you will get much
better audio quality if you buy a headset or handset.
How do I install Skype?
To install Skype, you need to download the latest version from the Skype
website. Do not download Skype from anywhere else. You type
www.skype.com and click the download tab on the home page.
Click on Download now – another window will appear asking you to Run the
program or Cancel it. Click Run – then click Install
A Skype welcome window should appear after the download is complete.
You can click on Getting Started or Click on Don’t Have A Skype Name.
This will advance you to a window to create an account; you’ll have to
enter your name, email, password, and create a Skype username. After
near the bottom of the screen it will say “I agree – Create account”
After you could test your system or you can just get started by searching
up friends & family that have Skype
To search family or friends on Skype – You’ll have to type their full name
in the Search Box. A listing of people on Skype with that full name will
pop up with city location. Click on the correct city location, click “Add
contact”, it would be nice to type a short message to that person; telling
them to add you on Skype, if they are not at their computer.
Video on group calling on Skype
You can use YouTube in many ways, but since it's a video-sharing network, the two
obvious ones are to watch other people's videos and to upload your own videos so
other people can watch them.
"Broadcast Yourself," is the site's motto but you don't have to. You can simply
watch other people videos or you can broadcast anything else you want besides
yourself--your silly nephew’s antics, your baby's wobbly first steps, embarrassing
scenes from your life and of course, current news or comical scenes that you may
witness (sorry American’s Funniest Home Videos)
Use YouTube Anonymously to Watch Video
Unlike any other social networks or a lot of internet activities; YouTube
doesn't require you to create an account before you can search for content
or view videos. Searching and watching are two activities you can engage in
anonymously on the site.
But if you want to broadcast yourself or anything else, you'll have to register
for a Google account and get a user name and password, because you can't
upload videos without a user ID.
Use YouTube for Basic Activities
Signing into YouTube as a registered user lets you do a lot of stuff you
normally can't do while browsing the site anonymously, such as:
Save favorite videos for quicker viewing later
Comment on videos you watch or have an opinion about
Rate video's you've watched
Create playlists of videos to watch
Operate your own video channel
Upload videos for others to watch
Browse and Watch Videos on YouTube
Watching videos is straightforward--just type the name or a brief description
of the video, click the play button and the video will start streaming to your
computer or mobile phone. By default, the video appears in a box on your
screen, but you can make the video fill your screen by clicking on the full
You can browse categories by topic, run keyword searches, or scroll through
the most popular or trending videos to find footage to watch.
The video search has filters you can apply, too, in case you want to look for
videos by date or popularity level.
YouTube's Massive Scale
The amount of content available on YouTube is truly amazing. YouTube is
available in more than 60 languages and most countries worldwide, so its
content is diverse.
Upload Videos and Share them With Friends &
The whole idea behind YouTube (created by former PayPal employees) when
it started in 2005 was to simplify the messy process of sharing videos, which
has long been complicated by the many different codecs used by various
cameras and online video sites.
These video formatting issues can still be tricky, but YouTube has taken
much of the pain out of putting videos online. Many smart phone cameras
and point-and-shoot cameras store video now in formats taken compatible
with YouTube (though not all of them do.) It's easier to use YouTube, of
course, if your camera stores the video in a compatible format.
Thankfully, YouTube accepts most popular video formats.