First Video Call

Plug in a webcam

For the closest thing to a face-to-face conversation, connect a webcam to your computer. Lync automatically detects the webcam and uses it for your next video call.

All laptops are issued with a Lync compatible webcam.

To see your webcam settings:

  1. In the upper-right corner of the Lync main window, click the Options button Lync Options Button.
  2. In the Lync – Options dialog box, click Video Device.

If your camera is correctly connected to your computer, the video picture is displayed. If you have another program open, such as your webcam program, you won’t see the video picture until you close that program.

If you have more than one video device and want to switch, select it from the drop-down list. If you have only one device connected, that is all that is displayed in the drop-down list.
To adjust any settings, including color balance, contrast, and brightness, and black-and-white mode, click the Webcam Settings button. Click OK when complete.

Add video to a conversation

If you have a webcam set up, you can share video with your contacts. To set up a webcam, see the previous section, “Plug in a webcam.”

  1. In the Conversation window, click the Video button.

Start Video Call

The video call starts. You can continue to send instant messages to the call recipient and also to other contacts.

NOTE If you accept someone’s incoming video call, they won’t see you unless you add video from your side of the conversation.

After each other party accepts the video, the conversation window expands to display the video. Video controls such as Play and Pause appear.

Start a video call

To start a new video call, open Lync, find the contact you want to have a video conversation with, and then, in your Contacts list or search results, do one of the following:

  • Right-click a contact, and then click Start a Video Call.
  • Point to the contact to open the a contact card, and, in the contact card, clickView more options for interacting with this person, and then click Start a Video Call.

For information about finding contacts, see Manage your contacts and Contacts list.

Accept a video call

When you receive a video call from another contact, an alert appears in the lower-right corner of your computer screen.

  1. Click the incoming alert. The conversation window opens and shows the caller’s video stream
  2. For the other party to see you, click Start My Video.

Decline a video call

You might not want to accept a new video call.

  • Click Decline in the alert. If voice mail is enabled, the call is redirected to voice mail.

Quick Start Guide

Quick start guide

Voice and Video Quick Start Guide can be found here Voice and Video Quick Ref Card

Advanced video features

To learn more about the advanced call features within Lync go here (build advanced call feature page)

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