Video Conferencing Platforms

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On the market, there are a huge number of diverse platforms that will help you to organize video conferences and other online events. But how can one make the right choice and select the best software that would meet one’s current demands and goals? Today we are going to make an overview of top 7 popular platforms, among which you will possibly find the one that fits your most.

1. MyOwnConference

Videoconferencing service that supports 15 languages. Due to this fact, you can easily organize either international or local online events with no issues.

Up to 1,500 attendees can be present at a web conference at a time. They can join the meeting from practically any device (Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, Android).

In addition to broadcasting, MyOwnConference offers the demonstration of presentations and videos, screen sharing, chat functionality. You can arrange a survey, draw on top of your keynote slides and record the meeting. Especially convenient is that this recorded broadcasting can be further uploaded to YouTube directly from your account’s dashboard.

Video and sound quality during the broadcast is very high. The platform developers utilize wide network servers and data centers around the globe to ensure the platform works in a stable manner, with no issues or delays.

MyOwnConference offers 3 types of tariffs: one-time, monthly and annual ones. The price depends on the number of attendees you plan at your conference. The minimum one-time tariff starts just at €9.95, while monthly payment can be as low as €21.99. It is worth mentioning that all tariffs, even the cheapest ones, offer full functionality. Trial period: 30 days.

2. WebEx

One of the most famous services for holding web conferences was created back in 1995 by the Cisco Corp.

The software allows for running different online meetings: Internet meetings, video conferences, online training and seminars. For this purpose, it possesses a diverse set of functions: from keynote demonstration to online board for teamwork.

It is fairly easy to use the service. Setting your environment up will take no longer than 30 minutes. WebEx is convenient for attendees as well. To participate in online events, they are not required to register in advance or install software to their computers.

The price ranges from $24 per $49 month depending on the number of attendees.

3. GoToMeeting

Being, in fact, an analogue to Webex, the GoToMeeting platform was launched in 2008 by Citrix Online. The functions of these apps are mostly similar: both allow creating video and audio conferences, sharing files, communicating via text chat, and recording the meetings.

In addition to broadcasting, this software makes it possible to work on documents and materials in a team. The meeting organizer can give access to its desktop, keyboard and mouse. Participants can introduce amendments to a document right online, save and downloads materials, as well as learn an application’s work.

GoToMeeting features integration with Outlook. It allows planning your meetings and sending invitations out to your attendees.

The app offers 3 tariffs – 10, 50 and 100 attendees at $19, $29 and $49 per month respectfully. Note that to use all set of functions GoToMeeting possesses, you will have to choose the priciest tariff. Before you decide to buy it, you can use it during the 14-day trial period to learn whether it fits your goals.

4. Anymeeting

AnyMeeting has a clear differentiation of webinars and video conferences. For any of these, the platform has its features, tariffs and registration.

AnyMeeting allows holding web conferences in HD quality. At the same time, neither organizers nor attendees have to install any additional software to their computers, as everything works from the web browser.

Еhe main features that are available: screen sharing, demonstration of videos and PowerPoint keynotes, text chat, direct mailing, attendance statistics. In addition to the above, you can record the broadcasting, so that the people who missed it would have a chance to watch it later.

Tariffs for holding webinars starts from $78, and from $18 per month for video conferences. A trial period is 14 days. Yet, to use it you will have to enter your credit card details anyway.

5. Join.me

Most modern video conferencing apps work in web browsers. But there are some exceptions to this, and one of such exceptions is Join.me. It can be installed on a computer or a handheld device both for presenters and for attendees.

Compared with other services, Join.me is equipped with the minimum set of features. The main features of the platform are screen sharing and video conferencing mode. In addition to the above, you will be able to plan meetings, make notes on the virtual board and send personalized links.

Join.me allows holding conference even on the go via a mobile app that can function on an iPad, an iPhone or an Android device. Events that are organized on a smartphone are no worse than those held with the help of a computer. It is only important to take several criteria into account, like stable Internet connectivity, quality headset and decent lighting.

At the website of Join.me, two paid tariffs are offered: Pro at $20 per month (50 attendees) and Business at $30 per month (250 attendees). There is also a free tariff with limited features.

6. Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is a tool for holding web conferences supplied by Google. The platform offers to organize online meetings, video conferences and simple video chat communication.
Google Hangouts is widely integrated with other Google’s products. E.g., a meeting can be planned with the help of Google Calendar, with an invitation to it sent out to other users via Gmail. When at a meeting, Google Drive could be a good option for sharing files.

The interface of Google Hangouts is simple and laconic. With the help of intuitive icons, you can easily start a talk, invite colleagues or send a message via text chat. In general, using Google Hangouts is simple and convenient.

But the app has a considerable drawback. Many users complain about delays in video broadcasting between presenters and attendees, even up to one minute long. Holding videoconferences with several parties involved would be quite problematic under such conditions.

Using Google Hangouts is totally free. It has no hidden payments or advertisements.

7. ClickMeeting

This is yet another popular video conference platform. ClickMeeting allows holding both small online events for several people and large-scale conferences of up to 5,000 attendees.

Among all video conference platforms, ClickMeeting can boast one of the largest lists of features. In addition to the standard features like text chat, keynote and file demonstration, the platform offers some specific ones: simultaneous translation of the chat, address book, possibility to rate a webinar.

To try the suggested features, you can go with the free trial period of 30 days.

The service has got 3 different tariffs ranging from $25 to $165. The cheapest one has got a limitation of the number of presenters that can participate in broadcasting, and continuous recording is limited to 4 hours. Additionally, ClickMeeting implies additional charges, e.g. when you need more seats for presenters or more disk space to record the broadcast.

Sure thing, the list of video conferencing software is not limited to these platforms described above. In fact, we have listed the most popular services that have been present on the market for a long time. Now, you choose.

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