Face-to-face online video chat is a communication method which is increasingly popular. Skype, with the release of Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows, is to bring online video chat to greater height, with support for Skype video calls on PCs in 720p high definition (HD) at 1280 x 720 resolution and 30 frames per second.

With a high-speed broadband connection, a HD webcam, a PC with a 1.8 GHz dual-core processor and Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows, user can make an HD video call, according to press release. To support HD online video communication, Skype partners are releasing new HD encoding webcams, such as FV TouchCam N1 from faceVision, and FreeTalk HD Pro and FreeTalk HD Pro Plus from In Store Solutions.

Skype software is now also been embedded into Internet-connected widescreen HD televisions (HDTV) from Skype’s consumer electronics manufacturer partners. For example, Skype software will be embedded into Panasonic’s line of 2010 VIERA CAST-enabled HDTVs and LG’s 26 new LCD and plasma HDTVs with NetCast Entertainment Access. These new HDTVs will deliver familiar Skype features including:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls
  • Calls to landline or mobile phones at Skype’s low rates
  • The option to receive inbound calls via a user’s online Skype number
  • Skype voicemail, if it is set up
  • Being invited to participate in voice conference calls with up to 24 other parties
  • Support for up to 720p HD video calls, depending on the availability of high-speed broadband and a HD webcam

The Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows can be downloaded from skype.com.