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How to make the best videoconference presentation to a large audience?

I am delivering a PowerPoint presentation on my scientific research to undergraduates by videoconference. What special considerations should I make for the videoconference medium? Specifically, when should I switch between displaying the slides and video of my face? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Mar 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Tell me about video conferencing equipment and best practices?

Our organization is growing, and we need to improve our video conferencing capabilities. The usual setup is a 'home base' room with 5-10 people in it. That room is about 20' x 20' or so, and it has speakers built into it. The other folks calling into the meeting are usually solo workers, on their own computers, wearing headsets. The people in the 'home base' room can hear the people calling in, with fairly good audio quality. However, the other users have a very hard time hearing the people gathered in the main room. That microphone situation needs to be improved. Right now there is one Jabra USB Speakerphone - this model, I think. We use GoToMeeting and Skype. What are the options for improving the audio quality coming *from* the main room? Can we daisy chain those speakerphones together? Is there a better speakerphone model which can be daisy chained to have multiple bases around the room? Do the connected mics figure out which one to use or does it cause distortion or delay? Is there another model that is significantly better that doesn't have to be hardwired? Any other suggestions? [more inside]
posted by barnone on May 21, 2013 - 4 answers

How can I split video into two separate frames?

My company has a video conference bridge that can record conferences. For any given conference, there are multiple streams of 720p video, sometimes including presentations like PowerPoint. I have been given the task of cleaning up these presentations for posting on the company website. I have never edited video before. I am trying to choose a video editing suite that will allow me to take the .mov files that the bridge generates and choose a single stream to display. [more inside]
posted by domo on Apr 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Therapy by Skype?

Asking for a friend: Therapy options for a wheelchair-bound person in a tiny town in central Texas? (Skype or phone, maybe?) [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Nov 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Professional videochat site

I'm doing a kickstarter art project in which I paint portraits over videochat. I've been testing and demoing primarily with Google Hangouts, which allows mute observers, but I'd really like to be able to have a permanent address at which I can meet subjects and observers. I need to be able to allow multiple users in, but have all but two as observers, or at least the ability to focus on one user. It also would help if you didn't necessarily need to have a google+ account, or a skype or an AIM account, or any particular OS or browser, beyond having a webcam and mic. It should also be free to use, although I might be willing to pay a little to keep the url permanent. The ability to record would be a plus, but I can always use a screencap program to do that. Does anyone know if there's a good client or site that fulfills these needs, that's a little classier than camwhoring? Any experience with tinychat - would it work? Or would you be up for developing something?
posted by limnrix on Aug 25, 2011 - 3 answers

Videoconferencing solution for international organization

Our office wants to invest in a videoconferencing system for some board members, based in very different parts of the world, and I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit on Jul 11, 2011 - 7 answers

Video calls on Ipad2 or Xoom

Will I have a decent experience trying to have regular video chats with my kids using an Apple Ipad2 or Motorola Xoom? What hardware/software would work best for the family PC? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Jun 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Webcam text overlay needed

What Windows software can I use to display a text overlay (or graphical) on a live webcam feed? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on Feb 21, 2011 - 1 answer

Video conference 4 webcams?

Is there a way to video conference 4 webcams in an easy and reliable way, preferably free? I would love to find a service like Skype that allows more than 2 people to video talk at the same time. Thanks for your thoughts!
posted by mortaddams on Nov 23, 2010 - 5 answers

Looking for video conference facilities in Las Vegas, Nevada

Seeking recommendations for video conference facilities in Las Vegas. [more inside]
posted by SuperNova on Sep 14, 2010 - 1 answer

Public videoconference sites

Looking for public IP videoconference sites I can connect to during a Take Your Child to Work Day demonstration. [more inside]
posted by echo target on Apr 21, 2010 - 1 answer

How to videoconference two labs + slides on one piece of software?

We are trying to have lab meetings over video-conferencing and no matter how much preparation, we always seem to eat 30 minutes of time fiddling with the setup. We've tried various iChat/Skype/gchat combinations and nothing has really stuck so far. What I really want to do is have one computer on each end video conferencing and sharing a powerpoint presentation. [more inside]
posted by scrutiny on Mar 8, 2010 - 8 answers

Is it really a baby shower if she opens presents alone?

Multi-continent baby shower! I am trying to host a baby shower for someone in the US, while all of the guests are abroad. I sort of assumed that Skype would be able to do this, but it looks like I won't be able to get video for everyone, just voice (?). What are my best options? [more inside]
posted by ohio on Aug 10, 2009 - 5 answers

Adding virtual guest participants to a physical meetup

Best way to add virtual guests to a physical meetup? [more inside]
posted by jeffmacintyre on Mar 13, 2009 - 4 answers

What is my best option for doing a video conference interview on the cheap?

I've been asked to do a video conference job interview via Skype. Telephone interview has been offered as an option, but I think video might be in my favor if I can do it professionally. Never done video conferencing before, though, and there are a number of factors to consider. Help me weigh my options! (general tips also welcome) [more inside]
posted by Knicke on Mar 10, 2009 - 15 answers

Multi-person video chat?

Is there an affordable way to set up a videoconference among the five households in my family, which are scattered through the U.S. and Europe? I understand that Skype and IM services support one-to-one conferences, but I'm not sure about multipoint. Oovoo looks good, but I understand it's prone to abuse. What's my best option?
posted by futility closet on Oct 25, 2008 - 9 answers

Videoconferencing software - cross-platform and multi-user?

Videoconferencing software - cross-platform and multi-user? [more inside]
posted by blag on Oct 16, 2006 - 2 answers

Teaching via video

Academic video conferencing: I've just found out I'm going to be doing some teaching via video conference, some tips would be very handy. [more inside]
posted by biffa on Sep 26, 2006 - 7 answers

Cross platform video-chat software.

I have a Mac (10.4.5), my Dad has a PC (XP Home). We both have cable modems. We want to video chat. What apps can we use together? Bonus points if I can continue to use iChatAV. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Feb 24, 2006 - 11 answers

VPN software search?

Help me skip this whole "research" thing: I'm looking for an application that will allow videoconferencing and screensharing over a long distance that isn't bloated. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling on Nov 4, 2005 - 5 answers

Videoconferencing

Can anyone suggest good (and preferably free) video conferencing software? I need to run at 320x240 (min) at close to full motion and XP breaks NetMeeting. I have done some searching around and most of what turns up looks like it is designed for teenage-talking-heads types of chat applications, so I was hoping someone might be able to point me to something a little more industrial strength. Thanks, and the Game Cube suggestion for Christmas was right on.
posted by cgk on Jan 21, 2005 - 2 answers

Is there a camcorder arm that clamps on to a desk and swivels around?

I want to use my regular camcorder for videoconferencing, and for magnifying small print on my computer screen. Do any of the videographers out there know of a camcorder arm that clamps on to a desk and swivels around?
posted by josh on Aug 5, 2004 - 7 answers

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