MS Live Meeting vs Macromedia Breeze vs WebEx Meeting Centre
Posted on 2006-05-31
I'm trying to evaluate the above packages for conferencing between 6 offices for seminar/presentation usages. All are connected via 1.5Mbps/256k ADSL (and I'm in Australia) and running the normal array of applications etc, so full bandwidth is of course never going to happen. There is very little in the way of QoS implemented at the moment so it will be a concern in the implementation I'm thinking. Not looking for a high cost solution so I've got a tradeoff in cost & quality. Dedicated server hardware/software for it is out of the question due to cost - I'm mainly looking at the hosted options of the above software at the moment.
A couple of thing's I'd like to get feedback on;
I'd like to be able to have one office presenting to the other 5 video only (audio will be via a normal phone conference, see next point) with the presenting office receiving video feedback from the 5 offices, so the presenting office will have 5 tunnels open, but the other five will only have 1 tunnel open. I'm guessing bandwidth from all 6 to each other would be prohibitive as well as reasonably unnecessary (but kinda cool :) )
I'd also like to be able to record the presentation for playback later; so I'll need audio to be recorded via a USB microphone, this audio won't get piped to anywhere in the live demo. (There are pro's and con's to this I guess - any people used a similar technique and have feedback?).
For cam's I can't really seem to find anything other than entry level web cams, surveillance cams and the really expensive video conf cams (> $10k). Has anyone used a brand and would recommend them? At the moment I'm looking at the Logitech Globes for testing purposes with a USB mic.
Has anyone got any useability feedback on the above software itself - they all seem to do much the same thing.
I'm going to sign up for all the free trials of them but would like any horror/success stories if people have got them.