I also unbox my Amazon video equipment haul. Please be patient with this video, The connection was weak but the information is worth watching.
Yes, the filters are silly but the ability to video call a large is AWESOME. The word from the Facebook Newsroom is that “You can see up to six people at a time … but don’t worry if your group is a little larger because up to 50 friends can join in and choose to just listen in and join via voice, or be on camera. Once more than six people are on the call, just the dominant speaker is shown to all participants.” Keep in mind that you can hold a remote class and stream from the app on your phone or from your desktop (https://www.messenger.com) Check out the video below.
So I wasn’t able to demonstrate the “Snapchatish” features available on Facebook Messenger. There are a TON of fun filters but those of you that crave the flawlessness that comes with the “beauty” filters on Snapchat or Instagram may be disappointed.