Spontania Video4Skype

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005
I routinely evaluate and use room and desktop video conferencing software for use with clients and associates. At ICA, we've used video conferencing in one form or another for the past 10 years. When you can't meet in person, a video conference is the next best thing. (In fact, a few years ago, the LA Times did a write up about our experiences.) For the past several years, we've been using a variety of IP-based video solutions internally across our VPN links.

Today, my colleague Michael Sampson, of Shared-Spaces, turned me on to a new product, still in beta:
Dialcom released Spontania video4skype, a free video conferencing plug-in for the Skype voice-over-IP and IM client. Available immediately, at no charge. For Windows only. Dialcom
Michael and I just tried Spontania on a video conference between the US and New Zealand. It worked very well. The integration with Skype is seamless. Overall the quality of the video was very good, and unlike MSN or other free video clients, no annoying ad-spam.  

Very promising.  I think we will try this out in the next geek meeting in my digital sandbox. (Coming soon, stay tuned)  [Update: If you want to join me for a geek dinner or breakfast in Boston or NYC, get in touch with me. We've got some neat things planned.]

If you decide to evaluate Spontania Video4Skype, let me know what you think.

Discussion/Comments (4):

Spontania Video4Skype

It wants to install an ActiveX control in your IE, or XPI in Mozilla. I don't know about you, but it raises a warning lag for me -- if it's a Skype plugin, why does it need the browser at all? Spyware?

Posted at 6/4/2005 4:56:11 AM by Wesha

Spontania Video4Skype

Just used video4skype in a couple of connections form France (metropolitan) to Canada and Martinique, I just want to say that, even if it's a third party application, the quality of the video is very impressive, just as the "skype sound" was, the first time I used skype. I guess it has something to do with the ease of use and bandwidth usage implied by the "skype protocol" ?

Posted at 6/6/2005 1:24:39 PM by Nono

Spontania Video4Skype

Indeed, Spontania rocks. This is the first webcam utility that provides such a high frame rate. Tested it with several persons, and we all had the same reaction - it is close to TV. A new beta version (0.8.5) is expected in about a weeks time.

Posted at 7/10/2005 8:16:59 AM by chute_tearer

Spontania Video4Skype

What’s new?

Spontania video4Skype is now Spontania Video4IM, and is releasing a new version today!!.

Video4IM v0.8.5 includes the following features:

configuration menu on interface

always on top

automatic start when skype starts

automatic videocall when having an active skype call

multiple video source selection

video capture mode selection (allow to support a wider range of webcam models)

improvement on video quality saving bandwidth consumption.

Visit us and download it now.


Posted at 7/11/2005 8:15:20 AM by Spontania Video4IM

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