Recently I came across a new beta service called OOVOO which provides a video conference interface for up to 6 participants.
I had a conference call thursday and we tried to use oovoo.com’s video chat/conference. The service allows for 6 people to be on a video conference call at one time. The interface is very clean, the setup is very easy and finding your ‘friends’ is as easy as entering their username or email address in the search. You simply start the call by selecting the person from your contact list.
The instant messaging chat works well. For callers who don’t have a microphone or camera on their computers, you can call them on their cell or land-line phone to include them in the audio portion of the conference call. The quality of the audio only participants was very clear.
As for the participants using the video conference, the video was very smooth and clear. But that is where the positives end, the audio for those who were on the video portion of the call was extremely choppy and poor; bad enough we used the telephone conference bridge for the audio on our call.
Well oovoo is still beta so maybe we’ll try it again…. but that still leaves me on a quest for a Free (or close to Free) video conferencing solution for 6-10 participants on a call.