“We’re building infrastructure that will allow us to do anything we want with video” Chudnovsky explains.
Still he wouldn’t say if Facebook’s moving in the livestreaming direction.
“Group video calling is definitely a use case that a lot of our people might be interested in at some point…[and] it would be a big deal if the whole [shakes hand to simulate lack of video stabilization] thing goes away.” Those could help Messenger compete with Google’s Hangouts, which is filled with bells and whistles.
Very happy.” Overall, Messenger’s voice and video quality were strong despite an imperfect mobile connection.
And since everyone you know is probably already on Facebook and connected to you, and you can easily find new contacts there, Messenger could take the hassle out of simulating a face-to-face conversation.
Messenger could notify them that they could turn their chat into a video call for free.
It will let them go out and find the feature if they’re on on a cellular connection, but will remind them they could have a more vivid connection for free when possible.
“We’re not thinking about what our second, third, fourth, and fifth steps will.
We’re goingto look at the data and decide what we need to do.The demo I saw showed just a hint of pixelation and strong frame rate with 2 bars of LTE service in SF.It’s easy to switch to just VOIP audio, and Facebook will gracefully notify you if the connection weakens to where video won’t work.This way if you’re sitting at home and a friend is on a mountain in Norway, you can give them the extra bandwidth because what matters is seeing their scenery, not them seeing your bedroom.This is v1, though, and Chudnovsky said the Messenger team was working on a bunch of secondary features I asked about, including group video calling and video stabilization.The Messenger team has done extensive work to try to crunch the data needed for video calling as small as possible.