Windows Thread, Webcam to Webcam software for internal use in Technical; Apparently, planned for sept, we are teaching video conferencing. We have just bought some box standard MS cams but dont ...
13th January 2011, 02:20 PM #1
Webcam to Webcam software for internal use
Apparently, planned for sept, we are teaching video conferencing. We have just bought some box standard MS cams but dont want to use messenger, yahoo, or any other chat program.
Basically all i am looking for is a lightweight program that will allow the video and audio through to both machines on the domain to demonstraight video conferencing.
Can anyone recommend any free programs?
13th January 2011, 02:31 PM #2
Ue Skype and install Bonjour. It will then look for users on the same network and talk directly to each other. As skype is fast becoming a standard thing for Video Conferencing, it can't be a bad thing ..
13th January 2011, 02:32 PM #3
I trialled a IM packges called Spark, you have a server install and a client install, worked quiet well
Ignite Realtime: Spark IM Client
13th January 2011, 03:18 PM #4
Our DT department uses skype to facilitate video conferencing between classrooms and other schools; just make certain your firewall/proxy alllows secure connections, else it won't be able to connect to the skype servers.
1st February 2011, 03:24 PM #5
I read that skype uses up some bandwidth even when not in a call. How do you cope with that if multiple machines are logged into Skype?
Quote "If you are signed in to Skype but not making any calls, Skype will use on average 0-4kbps"
taken from https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA1...irstPage=false
Last edited by fiza; 1st February 2011 at 03:28 PM.
1st February 2011, 05:35 PM #6
If you are still using XP, maybe you could look at NetMeeting.
1st February 2011, 05:58 PM #7
I think you can do it with this CounterPath Corporation | X-Lite
2nd February 2011, 11:06 AM #8
One solution is if it's purely internal use, to set Skype to use a particular port number that you then control, so yes, it might use a small amount of bandwidth internally then, but not to the detriment of the external connection, and if you need it externally for something else, then open the port.
Originally Posted by fiza
13th May 2011, 05:06 PM #9
Just to bring this back to life again. We have found a little program called FocusPhone which works great across the network if anyone is interested.
Focus Media - Products - Focus VideoPhone
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13th June 2011, 02:38 PM #10
There doesnt seem to be much info on the website. Does this program work only over the LAN ie the kids cant connect to anyone externally? Have you tried it with Win7? We currently use Netmeeting to teach the kids about VTC but with the move to Win7 we need an alternative.
Originally Posted by timbo343
13th June 2011, 02:47 PM #11
Download the Big Blue Button VM and or install on an Ubuntu box in a few minutes.
You then have a flash based video conferencing tool, uses flash so you'll need that installed.
23rd June 2011, 09:09 PM #12
Yeah ive tried it on Win 7.. and it works fine.. We did a test between a Win 7 machine and an XP machine... no problems.
Originally Posted by fiza
As for using externally, i dont think so, though we never tested it that far.. All we did was type the computer name into the connect to box and it showed up..
23rd June 2011, 10:36 PM #13
- Rep Power
focusmedia...just what I've been looking for ! thanks for the suggestion.
6th October 2011, 05:27 PM #14
FocusVideoPhone is so simple. Like all the best software has no installer is just a single executable! Each installation has it's own address book. Not sure if this address book could be copied to another machine or not.
Only wish it had a full screen mode but otherwise it's a really neat solution.
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