Webcam video

Webcam video

Smile — you're on camera!

A webcam (web camera) allows you to share live video images of yourself (or things near you) while you are instant messaging with a friend. Start your webcam during a conversation, or invite friends to tune in by broadcasting a link to your webcam as your status.

With the video call feature, you can make a high-quality video call to a friend with synched audio, right in the IM window. Features include the ability to swap video windows, position the video windows side-by-side, mute the call or place it on hold. You can even go full-screen with your video call. Video calling is only available in Yahoo Messenger version 10 or later.

When you set your status to "View My Webcam", that means you are inviting friends to tune in to your broadcast. Friends can click on your status message to indicate that they want to see your webcam. Your will then receive your friend's request to view your webcam which you can accept or deny.

Check out webcams on Yahoo Shopping to choose one for your computer. In addition, most major webcam manufacturers make them compatible with Yahoo Messenger; just look for the Yahoo Messenger logo on the package.

Need help setting up your webcam? Visit the Yahoo Messenger Help Center.