Gmail offering high resolution video chat via Labs

Google has been offering video chat through Gmail for a few years now, however they are currently testing a new ability for higher definition video chat than was offered before.

If you are curious and wish to test out the new service, go to the Settings tab, then Gmail Labs, then turn on "Video chat enhancements." When the option is selected, the video is crisper and the video window itself is larger, the Gmail blog reports.

The new Gmail Labs video service works using a "new playback mechanism which enables widescreen VGA and frees up valuable
resources on your computer." Using this new technology will help allow this service to be used on all types of devices, including netbooks which traditionally do not possess the ability to use typically CPU-hungry services.

Do note that for this Lab to work, both users must have the feature turned on. If you get to the point where you wish to stop using the new service, you can simply revert to the older video chat by disabling the lab.

Google also mentions that by turning on this one video enhancement lab, it will automatically enroll you in the other video enhancement features as they are rolled out by Google into testing for the lab. What these new labs are, the company would not specify, however they did say more were coming soon.

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nkaHnt said,
Urgh... only widescreen VGA resolution?
I thought it was... HD for 720i at least ? According to the title?

No where does it actually say it is HD; merely WVGA.

Xenosion said,

No where does it actually say it is HD; merely WVGA.

Actually, in the url bar the article is titled "gmail offering hd video chat via labs" so he may have been confused.

High resolution is welcome!

ccoltmanm said,

Actually, in the url bar the article is titled "gmail offering hd video chat via labs" so he may have been confused.

High resolution is welcome!


Hmm I didn't notice that.

Xenosion said,

Hmm I didn't notice that.

But... I thought that the title of this article has been modified (but not it's URL, of course). I'm much sure that it was initially 'gmail offering HD video chat via labs'.

nkaHnt said,
Urgh... only widescreen VGA resolution?
I thought it was... HD for 720i at least ? According to the title?

I've amended the title as everyone assumes HD = 720p which isn't strictly true.

Tom W said,

I've amended the title as everyone assumes HD = 720p which isn't strictly true.

Most people consider 720p to be HD minimum, however Australian guidelines stupidly consider 576p HD minimum....that's pretty bad.

.....Not that it matters to me, most of the shows/movies I watch are much less than HD as I 'obtain' them digitally.

Skyhawker said,
.....Not that it matters to me, most of the shows/movies I watch are much less than HD as I 'obtain' them digitally.

I'm interested in this addition of your comment. What do you mean "obtain?" 576p could be a nice resolution if on a smaller screen.

ccoltmanm said,

I'm interested in this addition of your comment. What do you mean "obtain?" 576p could be a nice resolution if on a smaller screen.

Although I cannot speak for the poster, I obtain my digital shows and movies off of hulu and netflix. I don't have an xbox 360 so neither source is HD.

Skyhawker said,

Most people consider 720p to be HD minimum, however Australian guidelines stupidly consider 576p HD minimum....that's pretty bad.

.....Not that it matters to me, most of the shows/movies I watch are much less than HD as I 'obtain' them digitally.


LOL, isn't PAL 576p?

That was what we had here as resolution *before* HD.