Question: What software can I use for cross-platform videoconferencing (part II)?
The IT Guy says:
I wanted to add another option to the list that Wesley suggested a few months ago. I have been using a service for the last couple of years called Sightspeed. It works with Macs or Windows computers, and the basic service is free. It allows you to do an unlimited number of two-way conferences and record video-mail messages up to 30 seconds in length. If you upgrade to the pay version ($4.95 per month, or $49.95 for a one-year commitment), you can also run four-way videoconferences and record video-mail messages up to three minutes long. With the one-year plan, they throw in a free Webcam.
The nice thing about the system is that if you want to be able to run a videoconference with more than two participating, only the person starting it has to have the paid version — up to three people using the free system can then join in.
The latest version (version 5) adds another fun feature. You can now record video messages and then embed them in your weblog as video blogs. If you want to see an example of one of these messages, you'll find it listed at del.icio.us/cmcquinn/it_guy.
I've found the system easy to install and use. The only drawback is that it isn't very useful unless you know others that are using it, so you have to recruit at least one other person to give it a try!
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