[Novalug] Video Conferencing Software?
nick at hackermonkey.com
Wed Oct 28 22:07:35 EDT 2009
Today I worked with some video conferencing software. And while it might
have done just fine in a one to one, or even a few to one with single
participants (everyone having a headset/mic), one 'group' was in a
conference room with a table based 'omni-directional' mic and the
performance just didn't work. I put omni directional in quotes because
our testing revealed it was not. The camera wasn't movable so we
couldn't always see who was talking, which not a show stopper, was
My own experience with group video conferencing in the past was mostly
using Polycom units in a one conference room to a second conference room
and they worked fine. They also gave side A the option of moving the
camera at side B so you can be sure to see whoever is talking. The audio
and the video worked great, if not high res, but this was before the
advent of sharing Power Point presentations or what have you along with
the video conference. This was just "look at me talk" and this was only
a two location situation, not a multi site situation so while the
experience was positive, it was limited.
What I need now is a multi-site solution, preferably one that has a way
to move the camera when in large conference room type solutions. And one
that has a share a window, or something like that.
(now the open source part)
There are lots of open source software solutions but they all seem to be
in that same area as IM or Chat, in one to one. I don't think any of
them could even do multi-point.
Does anyone have experience or suggestions? If you email me I'll
summarize, or post on list. Either :-) I'll keep my cranky opinions to
myself for now.
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