How To Videoconference With Your Grandchildren Using A Web Camera


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How To Videoconference With Your Grandchildren Using A Web Camera

  1. 1. Palmia Computer Club Presents How To Videoconference With Your Grandchildren Using A Web Cam Presented By Jerry Moore (
  2. 2. But first, a little history
  3. 3. As early as 1910, people dreamed of video communications with loved ones over the telephone
  4. 4. By the 1930’s, the dream still prevailed but the technology wasn’t there yet
  5. 5. In the 1940’s, the possibility of going from dream to reality was getting close
  6. 6. The first prototype “videophones” costing thousands of dollars were produced in the 1950’s
  7. 10. Enter the Internet age
  8. 11. <ul><li>What do you need? </li></ul><ul><li>A computer </li></ul><ul><li>An Internet connection </li></ul><ul><li>Video conferencing software (free) </li></ul><ul><li>A web camera (cheap) </li></ul>
  9. 12. Video Conferencing Software Choices Good choice if friends or family members already use AOL AOL Instant Messenger Can also be used to exchange files up to 2GB in size Yahoo Messenger Replaces MSN Messenger, can also be used to exchange pictures Windows Live Messenger Good alternative to Skype, also lets you save and store video chat sessions Dell Video Chat Most widely used, can also make low cost audio calls to regular telephones, works for PC, Mac & Linux Skype Download Site Features Product
  10. 13. A Few Choices For Web Cameras Picture $20.01 Ultra low price at Microsoft Life Cam VX-1000 $129.99 Autofocus, follows your every move Logitech QuickCam Orbit AF $49.99 Good for low light conditions Logitech QuickCam Communicate STX $39.99 Adjustable clip, manual focus ring, good optics Logitech QuickCam for Notebooks $29.99 Easy to attach, low price Logitech QuickCam Connect Price Features Product
  11. 14. One Other Accessory Worth Considering About $35
  12. 15. Step By Step Instructions For Downloading, Installing And Configuring Skype For Your Computer
  13. 16. Begin by pointing your web browser to
  14. 17. This window appears after you click the download button
  15. 18. When you click on download, this yellow bar will appear at the top of your browser. Place your mouse cursor over “Click here” and the file download window will appear. Then click on Run.
  16. 19. Another annoying Windows security window will now probably appear. Just click on Run.
  17. 20. After the Skype install program runs, you will be presented with this window. Before you click on I agree – I strongly recommend that you click the options button
  18. 21. Uncheck “Start Skype when computer starts” and if you are using Mozilla Firefox as your default web browser, check that box. Then click on I agree.
  19. 22. One more sneaky up sell. Since Google purchased Skype, they will try to encourage you to install their Chrome browser. Uncheck this box before you continue. It’s always a good idea to only install one software application at a time. Then if something goes wrong, you know for sure what caused the problem.
  20. 23. This window will appear when the Skype install is complete. Now click on Start Sykpe.
  21. 24. Populate the Create account window and click Next
  22. 25. Provide email address and click Sign In
  23. 26. Uncheck Show welcome screen at startup, click on the three set up icons one at a time and then proceed to getting started.
  24. 27. If desired, read through the guide to learn more about Skype, then click Exit this guide
  25. 28. This is the main Skype window. Click on Contacts – Search for Skype users to see if friends or family are already on Skype
  26. 29. Enter a search term, fine tune the search parameters as needed and then click Find
  27. 30. Highlight the desired record with your mouse cursor and then click Add contact
  28. 31. Based upon privacy settings, you may be returned with a screen like this where the person needs to accept your contact request.
  29. 32. Once you’ve finished adding contacts, your main screen should look like this.
  30. 33. Two Last Things Before The Live Demo
  31. 34. Can I Use Skype To Call A Regular Telephone?
  32. 35. Can I Get A Copy Of This Presentation? Go to your club website, and click on the files button