New Civilization News: Video Conferencing    
 Video Conferencing1 comment
picture11 Mar 2002 @ 15:13, by Flemming Funch

Another Internet technology that mysteriously didn't quite happen when it was expected to is video conferencing. 5 years ago I was frequently hanging out in video chat rooms with groups of other people, all of whom I could see live video of. And that was when I had a dial-up connection and a computer that had about 20 times less capacity than what I use today. And yet, today, I don't really know anybody who's using their cameras for anything. At the time I was using CU-SeeMe for the software. And when I now research it a little bit, it turns out that nothing much better has replaced it, and it still appears to be the most easily available video conferencing program that will work on different platforms. Even though no new versions have been developed for quite some time.

If any of you have previously been using CU-SeeMe, or if you're in the mood for experimenting, I've set up a "reflector" on my server. A reflector is a server program that allows a whole bunch of people to see each other at the same time. You all connect with the reflector, and it distributes the video streams to everybody else. The NCN reflector is on IP

There is a text chat program that goes with it, so one can chat while seeing eachother's pictures. One can also speak, with the audio portion, but that is more tricky to get to work well if one doesn't have a fast connection.

If you haven't used a program like that before, it might take a bit of tinkering to get it to work right, just to warn you.

[< Back] [New Civilization News]


1 comment

11 Mar 2002 @ 23:16 by ming : Cameras
Yeah, it can be a bit of a pain to sort out all those compatibility issues  

Other entries in
10 Jul 2010 @ 13:01: Strong Elastic Links
13 Oct 2008 @ 14:42: Call for Papers: (Online) Conference On Systemic Flaws and Solutions 2009
25 Oct 2007 @ 21:47: Static or dynamic web metaphors
28 Mar 2007 @ 05:36: The Tyee - Vancouver's Online Newspaper
11 Jul 2006 @ 15:12: Response to Josep L.I. Ortega's Statement for Unity of Action
25 May 2006 @ 10:14: Squidoo lenses
8 Apr 2006 @ 23:44: Web2.0
10 Jan 2006 @ 22:55: Agora and Antigora
14 Dec 2005 @ 15:15: Ruby on Rails
19 Nov 2005 @ 14:12: Saving the net from the pipe owners

[< Back] [New Civilization News] [PermaLink]?