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Netmeeting versus ????

By nina ·
We live in a small town and have been awarded a small grant for telecommunications. What we would like to do is connect all the Mayors via netmeeting in North Santa Barbara County. What cameras and software would you recommend? And is Netmeeting appropriate? There would be approximately 7 people on at one given time.

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by Todd Fulcher In reply to Netmeeting versus ????

I had to fire up NetMeeting and check this out in the help just to make sure that I was answering the question correctly.....NetMeeting will not do what you want it to do. This is taken directly from the NetMeeting help screen:

"You can use NetMeeting to send other meeting participants a video image of yourself or an item under discussion. To send a video image you need either a video-capture card and camera or a camera that supports Video for Windows.

You can receive and view video images even if you do not have video equipment.

Although several people may be in a meeting, you can exchange video images with only one person."

So, as you can see, all 7 participants won't show up at one time. Each participant will only be ableto see one other participant. I would suggest CU-SEEME as an alternative. This software is very robust and will display video from multiple users (up to 21 at a time I think). I believe there is a cost associated with using this software, as you have to either maintain or rent space on a reflector server to host your meetings. However, you may be able to squeeze the money for that out of the grant funding authority.

As far as cameras, I recommend the Logitech Quickcam Pro. I used themat work and we were very happy with them. They take decent video and they have a nice little privacy cover that just flips down when you don't want to be seen. It's a nice camera.

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