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Wikipedia comparison of web conferencing software
Recent Wired article comparison of 6 major tools
Curated, updated comparison of tools, focusing on video conferencing and streaming. Also includes tips for collaboration.
Making video conferencing work better from a home office
"A guide to running successful video calls" by The Politics Project to help be as efficient as possible.
Comprehensive guide on how to prepare and run online meetings/events, including comparative survey of platforms, effective moderation, and behavioural aspects. From DiploFoundation's Conference Tech Lab who also organise regular free webinars.
How to host a virtual meeting
Abby Cabunoc Mayes on Twitter: "Online meeting tips 💻 With more meetings moving online to prepare for #COVID-19, I thought I'd share lessons we've learned running @MozOpenLeaders (online cohort-based training & mentorship) over the years.
🔗Portable Zoom meeting / webinar kit – Resilience Brokers
Note: Where possible use voice only for conference calls (with a profile pic) as it’ll improve call quality by reducing the bandwidth required for the call.
Zoom is a very popular option. It is free for up to 100 people for up to 40 minutes (you can then restart the call - time for a coffee!). Their software has created two serious security issues last year, though, and their statements seem to indicate they have a culture of prioritizing usability over security. See the security section below for more information.
Training for Zoom.
Library of seriously slick Zoom backgrounds designed by artists and illustrators
shared by consultant Anne Gould. Following issues around security and privacy - including Zoombombing - Zoom has just released a patch to update its software. If you are using this video conferencing app for your business - make sure you update your video conferencing software now.
Guide to Safe Zoom calls
A Quick Look at the Confidentiality of Zoom Meetings
Tips to Make Your Zoom Gatherings More Private
Security and Privacy Implications of Zoom
Who has banned zoom 09/04
Free & Open Source video conferencing. In browser and mobile app.
Go ahead, video chat with the whole team. In fact, invite everyone you know. Jitsi Meet is a fully encrypted, 100% open source video conferencing solution that you can use all day, every day, for free — with no account needed.
Tutorial for self hosting a Jitsi server.
🔗 Tico Powercall
Tico Powercall enables everyone to set a video conference in 3 secs. Without required registration or download and 100% FREE. Totally free for up to 240 mins and 10 members at the moment.
🔗 Tico Wondercall
An embeddable tool helps every website build video conferencing service in 1 min.
🔗 Powercall's Security Policy: End-to-End and Fully Encrypted Connection.
Discord - a collaboration platform similar to Slack for small teams (up to 50ppl), has given their free account subscribers access to live streaming/ screen sharing/ teleconferencing tools.
Discord is not encrypted, and therefore unsuitable for working with confidential data (see this response by a Discord dev on why that is.
Facebook announcement of desktop app version of messenger
End-to-end encrypted video conferencing platform based on the open-source Jitsi framework with modifications to scale performance. No download or signup, unlimited free use. Supports smartphones.
Generally good for up to 25 people but bandwidth overload if too many participants. Google’s JamBoards are good for virtual ideas sessions
Free for up to 300 people
A free tool to use in conjunction with Zoom, GoToMeeting, etc. Share your content while maintaining the human connection of the presenter's face on-screen with their content.
Online meeting room and collaboration tool supporting collaborative editing, white-boarding, and coding.
Free for personal use as of 3/12/2020.
Video meetings in the browser with no downloads or logins for guests. Free for up to 4 participants. Company operates from Norway, so presumably abide by EU GDPR regulations.
Bluejeans is very similar to Zoom but more stable and secure.
Jingle has made their video call background image finder free for sixty days. Works with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or other video chats with virtual background support.
Loom.com - instantly shareable video via browser. Seamless screen, mic, and camera recording for Chrome. Reduces need for meetings or long emails. Free for Teachers and Students. They’ve also increased their free plan during the pandemic.
helps you keep track of all your meeting notes across all your projects - and it is entirely free during this time of crisis.
now own Jitsi and works similarly
Unhangout is an open source platform for running large-scale, participant-driven events online.
is in beta but claims to work on all major browsers without requiring downloads, has nifty “agenda” and “notes” features, is free for up to 15 people
Can be invited via E Mail ([email protected]) to any calendar invite from any leading meeting provider (Zoom, WebEx, Google Meets, Microsoft Teams) to record the entire meeting on video. Live participants can highlight the most important meeting moments via the built-in meeting chat to share the highlights with those that didn't join live. Is currently in Stealth-mode, but you can contact the Team on Linkedin for early access.
A browser based video conference tool. Completely free until 1st June. Requires strong internet connection; no option to call-in for audio.
An online conference platform, launching soon.
Nextcloud talk has video conferencing and is self-hosted - note that the videoconferencing struggles with more than 4 people on a call.
BigBlueButton is open source web conferencing app designed for learning situations
Truly simple video chat and screen sharing for groups up to 6 people
Idea generation and deliberation platform, often used to connect governments & nonprofits with citizens.
The nonprofit Citizens Foundation now offers fit Citizens Foundation now offers free using this toolmotely alongside video conferencing.
Zello uses a push-to-talk protocol akin to walkie talkies. It can be used for group or individual conversations, static and mobile operations.
Cideo conference platform where attendees can select which “breakout room” or table they want to join, so they can network with other attendees.
HD audio conferencing and recording
facilities for asynchronous remote stand ups and other meetings, see under asynchronous collaboration tools.
Fully encrypted video calling
🔗https://www.scrumie.com/ - A team overview tool that makes your team stay in the loop no matter where your teammates are working.
🔗 Social Cafe
Easily-deployable open source platform which emulates networking around tables. An event has multiple tables, each table has a prompt and a no-frills video call. Powered using Vonage Video API
AppRTC - Open Source point to point video calls
Easy to use, just pick a room and go - no log-in or registration, data goes from point to point, not through any central servers - in-browser
SIPML5 - Open Source web video phones. HTML5 SIP client prototype - requires SIP server (such as Asterisk) - for the advanced user / developer
Sansar - Social Virtual World
Circuit by Unify AG. There is a free plan for up to 3 users. Otherwise this is a paid service.
By Vitero GmbH in Germany. This seems to be a paid service only.
One of many commercial providers of internet phones, messaging and online meetings
List of alternatives to zoom
Norwegian startup, founded in October 2015 selling physical communication products that "reduce involuntary loneliness and social isolation". Products are highly recommended by the University of Aberdeen (AV1) and AbilityNet UK (Komp). See also their research pages.
for live transcribing video meetings into audio+text notes that you can playback, search and share. Integrated with Zoom, Dropbox, and Google/Microsoft calendar and contacts.