Video Conference With Your Dad This Fathers Day

Just because you may not be able to be in the same room as your dad this Father’s Day doesn’t mean you can’t connect with him. With all of the great video conferencing options out there, you can see and talk to Dad like he’s right there with you on his special day. Let’s take a look at some of the top video chatting options and the pros and cons of each.

Skype

Skype has been on the scene since 2003 and is ad free, which is refreshing. With the ability to call anywhere in the world and a large amount of free offerings, Skype has positioned itself as an industry leader. Skype can connect several people in the same chat, if you’re willing to pay for it. You can also call landlines and cell phones. Whether you and your dad are 30 miles or 3,000 miles apart, Skype will get you connected. However, there are some drawbacks. You can only call someone who also has a Skype account. If your dad isn’t very tech savvy, or doesn’t want to create an account for something he may never use again, this may not be a good option. Also, Skype’s video and sound quality is good, but it’s not the best, since it relies on users’ computers to drive calls.

Pros: Lots of free features, no bothersome ads, can connect anywhere in the world, can call landlines and cell phones

Cons: Can only call someone who has a Skype account, better video and sound quality is available, need the paid version to video chat with more than one person

ooVoo

Even though ooVoo is relatively new, it has managed to make a splash in the world of video chatting. ooVoo has been able to differentiate itself through higher quality video and sound by channeling calls through its own servers. Another large advantage is that you can chat online with someone who doesn’t have an ooVoo account – they can chat by going to a link through their existing browser. This way, as long as you have an account, your dad doesn’t have to sign up for anything. You can connect up to twelve people in one chat for free, so you can include siblings when video chatting with Dad. If you’d like to have more than twelve, however, you’ll have to go with the paid version. They offer many of the same capabilities as Skype, but calling is only available to 70 countries. If you or your dad is not in an available country, then ooVoo is not the one for you. Also, unless you get the paid version, you are going to have to put up with ads.

Pros: Better video and sound quality, can call people without an account, can connect with up to twelve people at a time for free

Cons: Can’t call all countries, free version has ads

Airtime

Airtime is extremely new – it debuted only a little more than a week ago. But since there are high-profile names behind it, Airtime is already getting a lot of attention. The founders are Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, the same people who created Napster. Sean Parker was also the founding president of Facebook, and you may recognize his name from Justin Timberlake’s portrayal of him in The Social Network. Airtime is completely free. You must log on to Airtime with a Facebook login, which can be a pro or a con, depending on whether your dad has a Facebook account or not. If he does, then he doesn’t have to worry about creating a new account, and connecting to Airtime will be easy. If he doesn’t have Facebook, it’s unlikely he’s going to want to create an account just to log into Airtime. Airtime allows you to chat directly with friends imported from your Facebook account, or chat with someone you don’t know based on shared interests that are also imported from your Facebook profile. So if you do plan to connect with your dad this way, make sure to select the option that allows you to chat directly with friends. If your dad has a Facebook account, but you’ve somehow managed to avoid being friends with him and you’d like to keep it that way, then Airtime is not going to be your best option.

Pros: Log in with Facebook, relatively simple interface, has an element of newness, free

Cons: Log in with Facebook, not the best option if out of the country

Hopefully one of these options appeals to you and your dad if you happen to be separated this Father’s Day. If you have questions or would like help setting up video conferencing for personal or businesses reasons, don’t hesitate to call us at (501)683-7229, email us at info@iprovit.com, or fill out a contact form.

Great Free Video Conference Applications

When it comes to video conference and digital signage, you will find that there are plenty of free apps that you can use to communicate easily with people around the world. The best thing about these free apps is that they are becoming incredibly popular, and you will find that video conferencing is becoming the way of the future. Here are some of the top applications that you can download to make your video conferencing as easy as possible:

Google Video Chat

Inside Gmail, one of the most used email servers, Google has now added the video chat feature. This feature is quickly becoming one of the most popular methods of video conferencing, and anyone who has a webcam and a Gmail account can start a video conference with the click of a button. There is a special plug-in that will need to be installed in order for the Gmail video chat to work, but it works on any system. Video chatting with Gmail is probably one of the easiest ways to communicate face to face over long distances.

TokBox

TokBox is an application that allows you to video conference with your friends, and it is a web based application rather than a program that is installed to your computer. You can sign up easily and get starting chatting right away, and there are many extensions that will make it easier for you to communicate with your friends. All of your friends can be video conferenced from the same site, no matter what application they use. There is even a desktop application available through Adobe AIR for those who prefer having it on their desktop.

Skype

Skype is by far the most used messenger for video conferencing, and it is probably the best. Skype is a program that has dedicated video conference features that make it incredibly easy for you to chat with your friends and business partners via webcam with the click of a button. The program has been designed for chat and video chat, and it is easily installed on any OS, including iOS and Linux. The video is always smooth and the sound is always crisp, and the bandwidth use is far lower than other video conference software.

iChat

iChat is available for any Apple users, including for iPad, iPhone, and MacBook. You can use the multi-user chat to talk with as many as 4 people at once, and you can use the iChat Theater as you chat to share pictures, documents, and other files. You can even customize your backdrop to change the scenery as you chat, making it a lot more fun to communicate.

Vsee

Vsee is a program that is made exclusively for Windows, but it is free to download and easy to install. The free video conference software makes it much easier for you to communicate with your friends around the world, and you can share files easily with the drag and drop feature provided by the software.

To get audio conference equipments and other audio visual equipments, visit ESCO Audio Visual now.

The content is our own opinion and does not necessarily reflect the views of ESCO Audio Visual.