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Skype for Business - Video

Set Up Your Video Device

You need a camera to share video of yourself, but you don't need one to see someone else's video.

  • From the main screen, select Gear icon Tools then Video Device Settings.
  • If you see you, you're set! If not, make adjustments. Select Camera Settings.
    Set up your video device

Start a Video Call

  1. Select a contact's picture.
  2. Select the Video button. A message pops up on the other person's screen asking if they want to accept your call. (To stop showing video of you at any point, select the Video button again.)
    TIP: During an IM or Skype for Business audio call, select the Video button to make it a video call.
    Start a video call

Answer a Video Call

When someone calls you, you'll get an alert in the lower right of your desktop. Make sure you aren't wearing pajamas and that you don't have lettuce in your teeth!

  • To answer, select their pic.
  • To ignore, select Ignore.
  • To start an instant messaging (IM) conversation with the caller instead of an audio call, select Options, and then Reply by IM. To reject the call and other calls, until you change your status, select Options, and then Set to Do Not Disturb.
    Answer a video call

Add Video to an IM Conversation

  1. In the conversation window, select the camera icon. It shows your preview.
  2. Adjust your camera (or yourself), and select Start My Video.
  3. To stop sharing your video, select Stop My Video again.
    TIP: Select End Video to stop sharing your video with others AND to end their video feeds to you.
    Add video to IM conversation

Need to invite more people?

Select: Invite More People

Start a Video Meeting

You can start an ad-hoc video meeting any time. If people are available you can bring them into a meeting now instead of scheduling one for later.

  1. In your Contacts list, select multiple contacts by holding the Ctrl key and selecting their pics.
  2. Right-click one of the selected names, and select Start a Video Call. When you start a video call, you automatically use Skype for Business computer audio.
    Start a video meeting

Manage Meeting Participants

Meeting getting unruly? If you're the presenter, you are in control.

  1. Select the Participants button to open the Participants pane so you can see a list of everyone in the meeting.
  2. Select the Participant Actions button.
  3. Select one or multiple buttons to apply these settings to all attendees.
    Manage meeting participants

Choose Your View

  1. In the conversation window, select the Pop out video gallery arrow.
    Choose your view
  2. Select the Pick a layoutbutton and choose a view:
    • Gallery View to show all the participants' video streams.
    • Speaker View to show only the presenter's.
    • Content View to show only the meeting content.
    • Compact View to show pics of the participants in a compact window.
  3. Select Full Screen View for a large view of the video streams.
  4. Select Pop in the video gallery to show the gallery in the conversation window again.
    Show gallery in conversation window

Which Skype Should I Use?

Skype for Business Skype for Business is for connecting with a co-worker or business associate.
Skype Skype is for connecting with your grandma, or chatting with friends while gaming.

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