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Author Topic: Any Interest In (Or knowledge of how to do) Video Chats?  (Read 3257 times)

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Any Interest In (Or knowledge of how to do) Video Chats?
« on: September 26, 2015, 06:07:15 pm »
I've been asked if The Cauldron ever does video chats? The answer is no because:

1) No one has ever asked for any before.
2) I have no idea how to set them up (what software would be needed on our server, I guess).
3) I have no idea if there is any interest.

So is they any interest in video chats? Does anyone have any idea how hard they might be to setup and run?  Needless to say only free options will work. I'm completely out of my depth here.
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Re: Any Interest In (Or knowledge of how to do) Video Chats?
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2015, 02:38:18 am »
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I've been asked if The Cauldron ever does video chats? The answer is no because:

1) No one has ever asked for any before.
2) I have no idea how to set them up (what software would be needed on our server, I guess).
3) I have no idea if there is any interest.

So is they any interest in video chats? Does anyone have any idea how hard they might be to setup and run?  Needless to say only free options will work. I'm completely out of my depth here.

 
http://tinychat.com/  could be a possibility I think. It's pretty simple
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Re: Any Interest In (Or knowledge of how to do) Video Chats?
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2015, 07:32:00 am »
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http://tinychat.com/  could be a possibility I think. It's pretty simple

I'll take a look at it. Thanks. I'm not sure I get the appeal of video chats (but then I'm not a chat person.)
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Re: Any Interest In (Or knowledge of how to do) Video Chats?
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2015, 12:04:06 pm »
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I'll take a look at it. Thanks. I'm not sure I get the appeal of video chats (but then I'm not a chat person.)

 
We use video Skype chats for the kids to talk to their grandparents?

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Re: Any Interest In (Or knowledge of how to do) Video Chats?
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2015, 02:01:16 pm »
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We use video Skype chats for the kids to talk to their grandparents?

Does Skype do group video chats? I'm sorry to say although it came with both my Android devices and is probably even installed on my computer, I've never used it and hence know nothing about it. However, given that it seems to come pre-installed on many systems, it might be one of the best options for video chats if it does group video chats.  Hmm, a quite look at the Skype home page implies that it does do group video chats. Come to think of it, I believe Google Hangouts does as well.

Sop we might have a way to do them -- assuming there is more than this one person interested.
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Re: Any Interest In (Or knowledge of how to do) Video Chats?
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2015, 04:21:34 pm »
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Does Skype do group video chats?


Yes, though IIRC to actually get *video* in group voice chats you need to be a paying member. It's been a while since I did one though so things might have changed.

Also, note with Skype -- for some of us it murders our computers. The latest updates came with computer-murdering memory-eating processes that have forced me not to open it for a long time.  

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Come to think of it, I believe Google Hangouts does as well.

 
Google Hangouts is pretty good for group video chats IME.
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Re: Any Interest In (Or knowledge of how to do) Video Chats?
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2015, 05:40:50 pm »
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Come to think of it, I believe Google Hangouts does as well.

 
It does, yeah.  (I attended a wedding that way a few years ago.)
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Re: Any Interest In (Or knowledge of how to do) Video Chats?
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2015, 06:31:35 pm »
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Yes, though IIRC to actually get *video* in group voice chats you need to be a paying member. It's been a while since I did one though so things might have changed.

If I'm reading it right you can get up to 4 hours a day free. Skype has a apparent limit of 5 people in a video chat, however.

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Also, note with Skype -- for some of us it murders our computers. The latest updates came with computer-murdering memory-eating processes that have forced me not to open it for a long time.  

This would be a major mark against using Skype. Things that will not run well on anything but high end computers are out.

 
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Google Hangouts is pretty good for group video chats IME.

I'll look into it next. Darkhawk has used it as well.
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