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Not too long back, before high speed internet access became common in households and workplaces everywhere, the notion that we can chat with and, at the same time, see somebody who lived far away seemed like it was straight out of a science fiction film. Now, video conferencing has become an imperative tool for both individual and corporate communications. There are many video conferencing choices around; however, it’s problematic to distinguish which ones actually deliver. To help you confine your quest for the top video conferencing software, we’ve looked into numerous video conferencing systems and recorded below the ones you must really contemplate, based on their consistency, pricing, and set of valuable features. These tools are different from additional online conference applications, as they have audio-visual at their core – they can sense and link with your webcam and likewise deliver a high quality image to all partakers.

Skype – This is VoIP software that is well recognised and used by lots of people around the world. Though its most common use is in the home, Skype has a commercial offering that is inexpensive and dependable. To begin with, there is a group call feature, which will work providing all of those in the call have the newest Skype for Commercial version. But, only the host needs to sign up for the group audio-visual service. Skype similarly allows for conference calling and display/file sharing, consequently it can similarly be an effective virtual collaboration device. Skype group audio-visual starts at $8.99 per month.

TokBox Video Conference – This is a distinctive video conferencing facility that lets your listeners (up to 200 persons per session) send you audio-visual questions, truly making your online conference feel like a face-to-face one. Audio-visual questions can be sent in advance of the conference, so hosts can review them and choose if they want to make the video public. Hosts can similarly put conference participants on display and move them off at any stage. Plus to make the job easier, they can even hire a conference producer who will be accountable for all video-related subjects. Attendees can ask to go on-screen at any time, so they can be seen when asking a question or making a comment, for instance. This device starts at $39.39 per month.

ooVoo – A good, easy-to-use interface is what sets this device apart from its rivals. But it’s not just constructed on appearances, as it has several great features. For instance, it allows six people to participate in the audio-visual conference at a time, in great quality. However best of all, it also has the capacity to record audio-visual conferences, keeping up to 1,000 minutes of those online – this makes it easy to share the footage with your co-workers after the audio-visual conference has taken place. Operators can also record and send audio-visual messages to additional ooVoo subscribers. The one disadvantage is that it is dearer than other video conferencing software, as it charges $39.95 per month for just one seat.

MegaMeeting – A browser-based audio-visual conferencing device, MegaMeeting is awash with useful features. For instance, it offers limitless video conferencing with anybody, anywhere in the world and allows for up to 16 persons at a time to partake in an audio-visual meeting. Users can control the quality of the audio-visual conference, and similarly how many frames each second are seen, meaning that they can regulate how frequently the webcam image is refreshed to the audio-visual conference attendees. MegaMeeting likewise supports the distribution of productions and the customisation of the conference room with a business logo. This software charges $45 per month for three subscriptions.

SightSpeed – Prepared by Logitech, this device allows for up to nine people to audio-visual conference simultaneously. It also has an audio-visual mail function that lets operators send videos of up to five minutes to any e-mail inbox. These videos do not have to be downloaded, as they are kept by SightSpeed and can be watched by clicking a link. Furthermore, the responses to your audio-visual mails are likewise tracked and kept, so it’s easy to understand what types of responses your videos have received. Similar to Skype, it also has a file-sharing capacity – so productions and additional materials can be sent throughout your audio-visual conferences. A single seat charges $19.95 per month.

 This item was written by Brian Madden; Marketing Executive at Crown Telecom.

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  • Brian, which of the above suggestions would you actually recommend as a preferred solution for a small business looking to start using video conferencing software?

  • Nivlac

    Indeed this was something out of a star trek episode , now its here for the entire world to use.

    I find the video call to be a bit distorted sometime , but they are quite convenient to keep in touch with family and close friends .

    I need to develop one that creates a hologram, so I can chat as if the person was in the room with me and maybe even beam them into the room . That would be a revolutionary video chat software.

    • Let me know when I can download your 3d holographic video chat! Sounds like it will be quite revolutionary! :P

      • Nivlac

        You will know Steve, because the world will never be the same after that invention. :-)

  • David Guan

    Web Video conferencing tools like RHUB web conferencing appliances, helps businesses to effectively communicate with their clients.

    • Thanks for the comment. I suspect all video conferencing applications allow people to communicate right? It’s kind of the thing they do…