[vvc-l] Desktop video conferencing software roundup - March 2012
hschaefe at une.edu.au
Mon Mar 12 02:15:03 UTC 2012
Excellent suggestion, Jason
The issue comes up every other day when people want to connect with Skype (presumably V-Skype), and I have to decline, in spite of having a LifeSize Passport here- which I can't get going with V-Skype...
So I have to offer alternatives, I usually suggest Mirial, Polycom m100, Scopia by Radvision; personally, I also had good experiences with Kedacom's PCMT soft client
The issue of 'won't run on Macs' can be shelved now, since all late Macs can run Windows
We have experimented a fair bit with the Polycom iPad2 /iPad3 (?) via G3, and it was reasonably good, marred by the relatively poor quality of the front camera
This is generally the hitch- camera quality and positioning are critical and often unsatisfactory (I came across a Sony laptop once with an excellent camera!)
The other issue is that as a rule, the software VCF client can dial out, but cannot be dialled in, because of remote end network configuration issues (and G3, of course)
Which takes care of another issue- users never leave their vcf software client activated. Afraid someone is 'spying' on them, perhaps?
Love to hear experiences of folks who had it installed for a while, officially, with support
Mirsad, I'm talking to you1 :)
- Thanks, Hans
UNElink videoconferencing Manager
Information Technology Directorate
University of New England
Armidale NSW 2351 Australia
From: vvc-l-bounces at lists.aarnet.edu.au [mailto:vvc-l-bounces at lists.aarnet.edu.au] On Behalf Of Jason Bordujenko
Sent: Monday, 12 March 2012 11:46 AM
Subject: [vvc-l] Desktop video conferencing software roundup - March 2012
There's been a spate of activity lately in the software releases for desktop video conferencing clients - thought it would be an opportune moment for a review of what's been happening.
* Cisco releases Jabber Video for Telepresence (free, hosted Movi, SIP client, Windows/OSX support)
* Polycom renews PVX code and launches m100 (paid, approx AUD$80, SIP/H.323, Windows only)
* Mirial - acquired by LifeSize, push to ClearSea but still available standalone (EUR170, SIP/H.323, Windows/OSX)
* Polycom RealPresence mobile (free, iPad2 or iPhone4 - 4S via CMA server only, some Android models, SIP/H.323)
I would like to throw open the door to a discussion of desktop clients in general, whether the brains trust of VVC-l has had experiences with the above clients (good and bad) or others that they are using (both standalone and managed such as Movi or Vidyo) and how these are deployed and supported.
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