Today, ( 21st of August, 2009, ) I am updating this post, splitting this in to old post and new post, updating tips and more information about video chat. And, do you know that Orkut now has Webcam Video Chat ? . If you have Google Wave Account, there is a Plugin for webcam chat on Google Wave.

How to Make Phone Calls from Your Gmail Inbox

Using Google Chrome ?     Discover Excellent  Tips and Tricks from !!

Update: Gmail and Orkut Adds File Transfer Feature

When you have a chat window open on gmail or orkut, click on “Actions” and “Send File” and you can send a file to your friend you are talking to.

Picture of File Transfer in Gmail and Orkut

Picture of File Transfer in Gmail and Orkut

New Post:  Gmail now has Webcam and Voice Chat

Web cam on Gmail Google Talk
Web cam on Gmail Google Talk

How to Enable : All you have to do is download and install the voice and video plugin and you will have your gmail webcam and voice chat ready !!

Once you install the plugin, to start a video chat, just click on the “Video & more” menu at the bottom of your Gmail chat window, and choose “Start video chat.” You’ll have a few seconds to make sure you look presentable while it’s ringing, and then you’ll see and hear your friend live, right from within Gmail

Read more here

Tips n Ticks for Gmail Webcam Chat

How to Popuout video : When you are on  a chat, you know how you make it a separate window, and continue to chat , this is possible with video chat also. The follow image shows where you should click to pop the window out from your gmail inbox.

gmail video chat
gmail video chat

gmail webcamHow to watch in full screen : When you are watching someone on the video, and wants to make it full screen, you will see an icon similar to’s “full screen” button. Click on that, and you will go fullscreen. See this image here if you can’t identify the button.

gtalkvideoAnother Update for you : Video Chat from iGoogle

You can now use Video chat from iGoogle ie, your customized google home page. The first time you use video chat in iGoogle, you’ll need to download a small plugin. It’s free and installs in seconds. To video chat with a friend, click on the “Start video chat” link in the “Actions” menu at the bottom of a chat window ( source )

Old Post : Using Your Webcam to take picture for profile photo

gmail webcamEven when we use gmail and gtalk for most of our chat and email, we often go back to Yahoo, for video and Webcam. What if you have webcam also, on your gtalk or gmail ? Well, don’t get excited, the feature is yet to be announced. But, I think, its on its way. Reason ? Google announced recently, that Google Talk gadget users will now be able to take a picture directly from the webcam to use as their profile picture gtalk.

” Currently, this feature only works in the Google Talk gadget, but will set your picture across the Google Talk network, including in Gmail.”

Yahoo never allowed us to use webcam from a linux machine, will google enable that feature ? Thats my concern now.

How To

From the Google Talk gadget, click on your Google Talk picture, and select the “Take Photo” option. You’ll see the image from your webcam appear, and you’ll be able to take and retake pix to your heart’s content. When you get that perfect shot, just click “Save” to set it as your picture.

Currently, this feature only works in the Google Talk gadget, but will set your picture across the Google Talk network, including in Gmail.

ps: images and info from here