How to Turn Up Skype FPS
Computer technology and Internet applications evolve quickly: Of course, that's not new, though sometimes old information persists long after its "best-before" date has expired. At one time, editing Skype's configuration file allowed you to manually set the frames per second rate to a higher level to take advantage of fast Internet connections and high-quality cameras. Skype now detects and sets the resolution and frame rate based on what your computer system can support, using three levels for video quality. You can check your current video capability in Skype to show your camera's FPS performance, though frame rate settings during calls will be affected by your Internet connection.
Start Skype and select a name on your Contacts list on the left side of the Skype window. The contact's information loads in the right side. Locate the call quality information button on the right of the icon bar, below the contact's photo, and above the instant message window. This icon has five vertical bars, increasing in height to the right.
Click the call quality information button and select the "Webcam" tab. If you have more than one webcam connected to your computer, select the one you want to use from the drop-down box on the right.
Note the highlighted status indicator below the drop-down box. This shows the capability of the selected webcam, either low, medium or high quality. Low, or standard quality, allows a frame rate of 15FPS. Video from this frame rate may be perceived as jerky or interrupted. To compare, movies usually use 24FPS. Webcams providing medium or high quality use a frame rate of 30FPS.
Tips & Warnings
- Windows 8.1 users can use both conventional Skype Desktop or Skype for Modern Windows. While Skype for Modern Windows supports touch screen operation, it does not yet have all the features included with Skype Desktop.
- Video performance during a Skype call depends not only on your camera's specifications, but lighting, the Internet connection at both ends of the call, as well as computer performance at both ends.
References & Resources
- Skype: Support: Video Calling: What Do I Need to Make a Video Call
- Microsoft: News: Skype at 10 -- How an Estonian Startup Transformed Itself (and the World)
- Skype: Support: How Do I Check My Call Quality Settings?
- Camera Technica: What Is the Highest Frame Rate the Human Eye Can Perceive?
- Skype: Support: What is Skype for Modern Windows?