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,
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -