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This is the page that will discuss how Google Talk Video works.  Also, we will be discussing how people can get started using it and what they have to do for that to happen.

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Getting started with Google Talk Video is relatively quick and simple!  The information below will help you get started.  

What is the First Thing I need to Do?

First, you must have a Gmail email account.  To create an account, simply go to gmail.com and choose "create an account."

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From there, simply fill in your information and follow the prompts to set up your account.  It's as simple as that to create your Gmail account. 

Next Steps

Now that you have your gmail account set up, you need to download Google Talk and the Video Chat plug-ins.  To do this, go to http://www.google.com/talk/ and download both of the plug-ins.  This only takes a few minutes to download and install.

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Getting Started Using Google Talk Video

You now have all of the necessary software needed to use Google Talk Video.  As Gmail requires that you send chat inviations to others to be able to chat with them, you must go to your personal Gmail homepage and under the chat tab, select "Add Contact." 

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From there, you can type the person's gmail address who you wish to be able to chat with.  Finally, click "Send Invites."  If that person accepts your invitation, you will then be able to chat back and forth and also use Google Talk Video Chat if you both have a webcam.

To determine if someone is available to chat, there will be a green clock beside their name under your chat tab.  If there is also a green video camera symbol, they are available to video chat. 

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The following video by Serge Lachapelle shows you how to use Google Talk Video from this point. 

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Now you are ready to chat it up!

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