HD video calls with Skype coming soon
With the right gear, you’ll soon be able to make Skype video calls in 720p HD. The latest beta version of Skype for Windows now supports HD-quality video (1280 x 720 resolution at up to 30 frames per second), giving you an even smoother and richer video calling experience than ever before.
To make an HD video call using Skype, you’ll need to have:
- a high-speed broadband connection (we recommend sustained 1 Mbps symmetrical bandwidth or higher)
- a new HD webcam
- a PC with a 1.8 GHz processor
- Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows
In addition, we anticipate that other manufacturers will collaborate with Skype to develop and distribute new HD webcams later this year. They’ll all be available from the Skype Shop in due course – watch this space for details.
How does it work?
In order to make HD video calling available to as many people as possible, the new HD webcams handle the video encoding and processing onboard. This removes the need for a high-performance computer to encode the HD video.
HD on your TV too
Skype had other exciting news today at CES – we’ve just announced that LG and Panasonic will begin selling Skype-enabled TVs. The televisions from both of these manufacturers will support HD video too, when they hit the streets in spring 2010.