It seems that you can only conference call with a total of 5 users. Is there a way of getting a higher number? I know that the developers here use it from time to time and I would have thought 5 as a max would have been too restrictive for them or as an educational tool.
Skype can't go higher at the Moment but try out www.vskype.com and you can include your powerpoints etc. in the conferene.
Let's make this tomorrow at 10pm my time (GMT+8) which should be 10am New York time and 2pm London time. Message me via Skype if you want to join in.
The webcam stuff wasn't great. Jerky and may as well have been a still gif avatar. The quality of the voice transmission substantially improved when the webcam was switched of. This was me hosting it on a 1 megabit connection and the other 2 were on 512 (only one was using a webcam).
I am going to try and get seix webcams on tomorrow to see what happens
I'd be interesting in the results of Martin's experiment.
There were some opening glitches when I tried to add everyone at once, but then I went back to one person and added new people one or two at a time and we got up to 9 or 10 people at once (maximum of 8 broadcasting video, I think). We could have gone higher I think if more people had been ready to join.
Great test, thanks everyone! I'm looking forward to this stuff moving out of beta.
It would be nice if vSkype could support a full contact list being passed to it via a file, so that we could create some way of easily starting a video conference from within Moodle.
Couple of questions.
- Whose computer acted as the "server" for this discussion. It is my understanding that with vSkype one of the computer actually acts like a server for the other connections.
- Is this correct?
- If It is correct, did the person with the "server" computer have any unforeseen or special problems?
- Was the group able to use the whiteboard without any problems? [PowerPoint / Drawing?]
Thanks in advance for any and all responses.
I know it can do window/application sharing but I didn't see a whiteboard. I am playing again tonight so will look at it then.
I would be interested in the up/down internet speed of whoever was the server.
vSkype doesn't have a whiteboard, but you can share your screen or any window. This feature worked very well.
It was nice to see you 'live' in the conference.
You who are interested in the technical issues arround vSkype can seek answers in: http://forums.vskype.com/
I have a couple of screenshots for you too:
its all gobbledegook to me, but the clever guys here would perhaps know how to construct a .vif file to import , from looking at an export . (here is a part of one export )
The sound was pretty good as was the video. But it gives me the creeps a bit to see 9 people squirming about on my screen. I prefer no video.
Re: Skype conference calls ....
|Screen Shot of the videoconference|
IIRC, this was a limit put in by Skype to keep from crashing users machines, as it chooses one machine in the conference to serve as the master server.
So when Martin had that big skype meeting with developers were there only four involved at any one time?
Actually, Michael, what's being illustrated here is the use of a plug in for Skype that used to be called "VSkype" and is now called "Festoon." EBay legal department probably sent them a letter.
Skype itself still only allows 5 participants in a conference call. Festoon, however, purports to allow up to 200.
TalkAndWrite is a freeware whiteboard powered by Skype
where ...talking with your buddy, you can write, draw, type, point out, erase on a shared document. Your buddy will see two mouse pointers and all changes you do in real time.
TalkAndWrite is a whiteboard simple, safe and fast.
I know i`m going offtopic guys
but i feel obligated to share with you
that there's a totally free conference call service offered by GlocalMeet
...it's true that there's no video calls but it's awesome to get FREE conference calls
I use GoMeetNow web conferencing service. It allows maximum of 100 attendees to join your meeting.