mashme Multipoint Video Conferencing Review

mashme Multipoint Video Conferencing Review

This mashme Multipoint Video Conferencing Review will explain the features of the mashme video conferencing system along with; how to conduct a mashme conference.

Free mashmeTV

The free version of mashme offers 12 hours a month of video call time, a mobile app, up to 5 participants able to be included, and 2.5 GB of data storage.

Basic mashmeTV

There is also a basic version, that is $8 per month with 24 hours a month of call time, a mobile app, up to 10 participants able to be included, 25 GB of data storage, and email support.

Pro mashmeTV

The pro version that is $15 per month offers 48 hours per month of call time, a mobile app, up to 12 participants, 100 GB of data storage, and MashMeTV support. If more hours and data storage are needed along with additional features email: contact@mashme.tv.

If you are looking for a more professional environment to host multipoint video conferences, mashmeTV has different business solutions that will fit any company’s needs. Some solutions that they offer focus on e-learning, telemedicine and the target audiences of the specified company. To request information about how to create a professional mashmeTV account email contact@mashme.tv.

MashmeTV Features:

MashmeTV offers a ton of unique features for video conference users, chat with up to 10 people in a fast, cheap, and easy community.

The hall of rooms is a unique mashme feature that groups people in ‘rooms’ for different video chatting parties. The rooms are customizable and easy to invite people to join. Simply, share a link to the invited party to have them join one of your video conferencing rooms.

mashme Multipoint Video Conferencing Review

Watch videos with a group of friends, classmates, or colleagues. Back up ideas with informational YouTube videos or share your new company policy video with all your employees

Work with documents on Google docs. Share a document and everyone can work on it together from their own location.

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Present with slideshares to get your ideas across in an interesting and creative manner. Search for your presentation and synch it with the room you wish to share. All this can be done while you still see each person you are chatting with.

Use the interactive blackboard to brainstorm or explain ideas to other friends, colleagues, students, or employees in your room.

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Browse the web together instead of sending links back and forth. Read news articles or recent publications as a group for more interaction.

 To set up a mashme multipoint video conference call:

To use mashmeTV, your computer must have Google Chrome 23.0, Mozillia Firefox 22.0, or Opera 18.0 or any higher versions. You will also need a webcam, microphone, and speaker/headphones.

Visit mashme.tv and click the ‘Start now!’ button.

mashme Multipoint Video Conferencing Review

You will be directed to login using Twitter, Google+, Facebook or an email and password.

mashme Multipoint Video Conferencing Review

Once you are logged in, you will automatically be taken to a page like the one below. Here you will create and name your first room.

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Once a room is created invite people to join by sharing the link provided and enjoy your mashme multipoint video conferencing experience.

Any problem can be submitted to support@mashme.tv and will be responded to with advice.

Astro Multipoint Video Conferencing Review

This post is a Astro Multipoint Video Conferencing Review, we will explain the features that Astro will bring to someone who is looking for a Multipoint Video Conferencing system.

A bridge is a device that enables multiple end points to communicate with each other. There are different size ports available based on the amount of people that you will be wanting to add to the video conference, a small bridge can contain up to about 8 ports and can be placed on your premise. This is sometimes difficult however because each port has to have 1 megabit available for the high definition video. Most people use a hosting center, where bandwidth is not an issue. A reliable hosting site is called Astro.

All Astro systems are high definition video and user friendly. A nice feature available is the ability to record your video conference and later edit and post it on a website or social media venue. This is optimal for when people miss a meeting or students miss a lecture, they have the ability to replay the event. Mulitpoint video conferencing is available on all device types with a camera including smart phones, tablets, and laptops. There are multiple price ranges available based on the type of Multipoint Video Conferencing system you need.

Astro offers a support team to help with any problems that could arise while using their conferencing system. They are an experienced team with the knowledge to help in any problem areas that could arise while using their system. They pride themselves in having 30 years of experience with an impressive track record.

Astro has been working with major companies to bring them Multipoint Video conferencing for years and they promise to do the same for your company regardless of the size. Some of the major companies that they do work for include:

  • Airport Coordination Limited
  • Bullen’s Healthcare
  • Butlins, Haven holidays & Warner Leisure Hotels
  • Elite Hotels
  • TGI Friday’s
  • Wightlink Ferries

Using multipoint video conferencing from Astro provides you with additional features and benefits such as an easy to configure and install system; a user friendly service where no training is needed; a very customizable network with options for on-site and cloud based infrastructure; a system that can grow and change with your company based on the need; and availability on all different devices.

Astro is a United Kingdom based company and can be reached via web or phone at +44(0) 1322 610 100. Their hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 6pm.

With the many different services available Astro is an easy choice in the Multipoint Video Conferencing market. Beginning with a consultation they will talk with your company to determine the best plan and network for your business. Data, voice and video cabling, maintenance, network design, network management, product management, and troubleshooting are all services that Astro will bring to your Video Conferencing experience.

For more information about Astro and their services visit their website. They also provide useful Multipoint Video Conference information in their blog and YouTube Channel.

Check out the advantages to Multipoint Video Conferencing in the workplace on this Astro Communications TV video.

Free Multipoint Video Conferencing Software Review

We have gotten emails about whether we plan to do a free multipoint video conferencing software review and point readers in the right direction about which apps live up to the task. Here is our initial review. We will follow-up with individual reviews later, which will provide a more detailed look at each software and the pros and cons. By definition, multipoint video conference means a video conference call that requires the participation of 3 or more sites.

Google Hangouts

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Google Hangouts is a late entrant to the free video conferencing space but has become a formidable competitor to Skype (reviewed below). The hangout capability comes as  the default chat app on Android devices. Google Hangouts allows you to connect with up to 10 people in a free web conference.

One of the things we like about this service is that regardless of how poor the data connection is, Google Hangouts seems to deliver a good experience, which is really important when connecting with lots of people with different data or broadband capabilities on their devices. Another neat feature is that Google Hangouts is integrated with Google Voice so you can call regular telephone lines and have them as part of your conversation (iOS only). You can also text and chat in the Google hangout application, making it a one stop shop for video conferencing, sharing information, chatting and texting with multiple people all at the same time. Here is how it works:

Google Hangouts is also cross-platform, and there are native apps on both Android and iOS, plus a web version that runs on Google Chrome. You can download it for free from Google Play for Andriod devices or the App Store for Apple devices. You can also get the desktop version online.

Vidyo

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Vidyo, the video conferencing firm has a free multipoint video conferencing service called VidyoWay. It can be used from smartphones and PCs, and also from corporate conference rooms using Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg and Microsoft Lync endpoints, among others. It allows up to 9 HD participants in a video conference, making it more suitable for business environments.

We get a lot of questions about why Vidyo will offer VidyoWay as a free service. The answer is simple – They want VidyoWay to serve as a marketing tool for Vidyo’s paid, higher-quality corporate services. Once you see how powerful the VidyoWay video conference experience is, you are more likely to upgrade to other Vidyo conferencing products with more bells and whistles that you may need for your business needs. Here is how it works:

Skype

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Skype was the first to bring video conferencing services to the masses and have remained an industry trailblazer in the space. Skype is ideal when connecting with another person for video conference. All you need is to download the Skype application and just connect your webcam and microphone to the USB ports on your desktop and you are good to go. If your device or computer already comes with a built in camera, then all you need is a microphone or headset to conduct a video conference.  Skype can offer multi-point video conferencing with up to 10 participants. However, to use the service, at least one person on the call needs to have a Premium account (which is $9 a month). Note that you can do person-to-person video calls (point-to-point) for free. When you need 3 or more participants on the call, then one participant has to have a Premium account. The pricing sheet below shows what you can do with a free skype account and what the Premium account offers.

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Here is how it works:

You can download Skype here. Skype is truly a multi platform application, with Mac, PC, Android, Windows and other devices like gaming consoles all supported.

ooVoo

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ooVoo is a free video conferencing service that allows you to video conference with up to 12 people. Once you download their app, all you need to do to start a video conference is by choosing Web Call in your contact list, then select Add a Call to add another friend. When you invite friends to a group chat, they get a link to download ooVoo and an invitation to call you to join the chat.  You can even add friends from Facebook, Outlook, Twitter, Gmail, and AOL mail.

ooVoo has apps for Facebook, iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, and Mac. ooVoo works well on a Windows 8 computer, but has no dedicated Windows 8 app. ooVoo’s  best feature, the ability to chat with 12 people at once, doesn’t work completely on all devices. While it is seamless on a PC, Mac users can only see six people, but can hear all 12. The iPad app lets you see only four contacts at once.

ooVoo needs to improve their user interface if they are going to compete with established platforms like VidyoWay and Google Hangouts. Also, there are display ads in the application, which can be quite large, making the experience quite unpleasant since the ads are in your face. We think that they should first work on making sure their application works on cross platforms seamlessly, so that if I am making a call on an iphone and inviting someone who has a windows or android phone, the experience is seamless and that we all see the same thing.

In addition they need to do something about the ad placement. They need to make it such that it is not intrusive to the video conference experience, otherwise it becomes a nuisance and people will be turned off by that. For a free app, ooVoo works, but needs a lot of improvements to compete with the big boys in the space for Free Multipoint Video Conferencing Software.

Here is how it works:

We hope you found our review useful. If there is a free multipoint video conferencing software or application we neglected to mention, please let us know in the comments section below.

Mobile Video Conferencing Solutions – Vidyo

Vidyo provides a very robust mobile video conferencing software solution on both ios and android devices. It was one of the first companies to take video conferencing mobile. They now have apps for Apple’s iPhones, iPads and iPods as well as Google Android based smartphones and tablets alike.

Mobile Video Conferencing Solutions – Vidyo Review

What we like about the Vidyo solution is that first, it allows users on smartphones and tablets to get on video calls with participants on similar devices or on desktops computers or room systems. That caters to people on the go that need to jump on a video conference call quickly but cannot connect to a desktop, laptop or room system.

Another reason we like Vidyo is that they are a software based platform, so their entire focus is making video conferencing software better across platforms, unlike Cisco or Polycom that try to do both hardware and software at the same time. Vidyo is taking a different approach to the enterprise model where companies buy hardware and software for their conference rooms. Instead, the company is focused on software that feeds the BYOD (bring your own device) market which is driving the surge in software video conference solutions. This has also been helped by advancement in cloud computing techonology.

Description of Vidyo Mobile Conferencing Apps

The video above goes into details about how the Vidyo mobile conferencing functionality works on smartphones and tablets. Here are reasons why we think you should choose Vidyo Mobile Conferencing solutions:

1. Works on hardware and devices you already own
2. Conferencing Distributed in the Cloud
3. VidyoRoom Systems don’t require purpose built rooms
4. Scalable and Flexible even on mobile devices

As a business, we think picking Vidyo is a solid choice because not only do you get in room and desktop capabilities but you are also able to deploy their mobile solutions, helping your team to stay connected all the time, no matter where they are or what devices they have available.