[Novalug] Video Conferencing Software?
franklin at elfie.org
Thu Oct 29 01:31:29 EDT 2009
I have used DimDim a number of times for conference calls with a non-
profit I help out. One "user" (which could, obviously, be a site),
feeds the presentation, the others receive. It supports a video feed,
PPT, PDF, virtual whiteboard, and share computer desktop options. It
is open source, but the dimdim site also supports free conferences for
20 or fewer participants.
On Oct 28, 2009, at 10:07 PM, Nick Danger wrote:
> Today I worked with some video conferencing software. And while it
> 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
> slightly annoying
> My own experience with group video conferencing in the past was mostly
> using Polycom units in a one conference room to a second conference
> 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
> 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
> the video conference. This was just "look at me talk" and this was
> 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
> to move the camera when in large conference room type solutions. And
> 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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