Videoconferencing

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Goal[edit]

  • platform for 10-20 people at one time
  • One person shares screen
    • Good to have other people share screens, too - one at a time
  • Video Capture of development session
  • Clear voice
  • Chat window

Videoconferencing is a way to connect multiple distributed parties via global communication networks to allow for video and audio exchanges between multiple parties simultaneously. This article is to describe what cross-platform software is currently available for cheap or free and their capabilities.

Comparison of Web Conferencing Software[edit]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web_conferencing_software

WebRTC[edit]

WebRTC is a standard protocol for encrypted video communication whose API is implemented in many open source browsers, such as Mozilla Firefox. There's a few open source software products that utilize Web RTC without requiring the installation of software other than the web browser (no addons needed). Many WebRTC-backed websites utilize proprietary software. Here's some that don't:

Jitsi Meet[edit]

NodeJS powered scalable website whose sourcecode can be downloaded to run on your own apache webserver. Utilizes Jitsi Videobridge with WebRTC & SFU for scalability

Jangouts[edit]

Jangouts is a self-hosted, open-source solution with a UI similar to Google Hangouts, backed by the Janus Gateway using WebRTC.

Hubl.in[edit]

Hubl.in is an open-source, NodeJS-backed, self-hosted video conferencing service based on Web RTC.

Spreed.me[edit]

Spreed.me is an open source NodeJS & Go self-hosted video conferencing solution using WebRTC with example configurations for nginx.

Open-Source Software[edit]

OpenMeetings

https://incubator.apache.org/openmeetings/

BigBlueButton

http://www.bigbluebutton.org/

has a test room

2 Short Tutorial Videos

Webhuddle

https://www.webhuddle.com

hosted version free to use while beta testing.

Ekiga

http://www.ekiga.org/

CUMeeting

http://www.cumeeting.com/

Homer-Conferencing

http://www.homer-conferencing.com/

Webhuddle[edit]

  • No audio

https://www.webhuddle.com/

TokBox[edit]

  • Incompatibility with Linux

http://www.tokbox.com/

Meetecho[edit]

  • Free for 3 people, pay for more. Argh.

http://www.meetecho.com/

OpenMeetings[edit]

https://incubator.apache.org/openmeetings/

  • Free and Open Source
  • Audio and Video Conferencing
  • Meeting Recording and Screen Sharing
  • File Explorer and Moderating System
  • Multi-Whiteboard and Chat
  • User and Room Management
  • Private Message Centre
  • Integrated Calender
  • Polls and Votes
  • Backup
  • Available as a Hosted Service OR Download and Install as Package on Server
  • No Usage or User Limitations

MeetingBurner[edit]

http://www.meetingburner.com/

  • Skype integrated
  • Meeting analytics
  • Mac & PC

Skype[edit]

http://skype.com

Available for:

  • Mac
  • Windows
  • linux
  • Android (audio only in group video chat)
  • iOS (audio only in group video chat)

Pricing:

  • One-to-one video conferencing: free
  • Unlimited audio conferencing: free
  • More than two simultaneous video conferencing parties: $4.95/mo

ooVoo[edit]

http://oovoo.com

Available for:

  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Web-based

Pricing:

  • Up to 6 simultanuous video conferencing parties: Free (with ads)
  • Up to 6 simultanuous video conferencing parties: $9.95/mo (no ads)
  • Up to 12 simultaneous video conferencing parties: $29.95/mo

buzzumi.com[edit]

https://buzzumi.com

Available for:

  • Web-based

Pricing:

  • Up to 6 simultaneous video conferencing parties: Free

based on OpenTok API

Expressway Flexchat[edit]

http://videochatsoftware.ca/

Available for:

  • Web-based (multiple rooms)

Pricing:

  • Unlimited domain license: $300

Notes[edit]

Joe Justice promotes freeconferencecall.com, a web-based audio conferencing software, as used in Scrum project management of WIKISPEED.

See also[edit]

online conferencing