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New technologies have allowed us to improve and facilitate our personal life, but also our work life. Video conferencing has been a revolution in the business world, since it allows meetings and presentations to be held from miles away, allowing the optimization of resources and time spent.

Due to the situation caused by Covid-19 that has forced remote working, video conferencing tools have become essential. Moreover, they not only allow us to be in contact with clients, suppliers, or internal work teams, but also with our family and friends. Here, we bring you the five best conferencing tools right now.

1. Zoom

Zoom is the perfect tool for any business. It’s one, if not the most popular video conferencing tool at the moment. A tool designed and optimized to work reliably, with up to 1,000 participants in the same meeting, and up to 10,000 viewers.

Easy to use and with affordable prices, which vary depending on the plan that the user or company wants have:

Pros:

    • Up to 100 people free.
    • You can configure different levels of visibility (you can share your screen, customizable backgrounds). 
    • Training videos for your team and technical support.

Cons:

    • Free meeting only 40 minutes.
    • The quality of the audio and the video varies greatly depending on the connection of each participant.
    • “Zoom bombing”: the appearance of people not invited to a private meeting.

2. Jitsi Meet

Jitsi Meet is one of the safest and most flexible video conferencing tools. And best of all: completely free. An open-source, 100% encrypted solution that users can use 24/7 for free and without the need to create an account.

To start conferences, it’s only necessary to create a link and share it.

Pros:

    • A simultaneous screen where you can display your presentations.
    • Side chat with which you can exchange messages quickly.
    • It gives you the option to share your calendar.

Cons:

    • Some users report some failures in the chat when they access with the app.
    • Less attractive interface than other tools.

3. Google Meet

With Google Meet, you can invite up to 100 people, record meetings, share your screen and stream HD video. Enterprise customers can record meetings to Google Drive and enable live-stream viewing to up to 100,000 viewers. Attendees can access your meeting via the web app, a special phone number, or even via rival services such as Skype for Business.

Pros:

    • Anybody with a Google account can now use Meet.
    • Quick and easy to understand.

Cons:

    • The quality of video and audio could be better.

4. Skype

One of the original video conferencing apps, Skype is still going strong, and the main benefit of using the platform is that most people are familiar with it. But that’s not all. 

Skype Meet Now offers some excellent video conferencing features. These include calls to up to 50 people and the ability to blur backgrounds.

Pros:

    • Unlimited meeting time.
    • Option to add live subtitles to read what is said during a video conference.
    • You can share your screen and record the call.

Cons:

    • You must download its app to use it. 
    • To make calls to landlines you have to pay an extra fee.
    • In its mobile app, it can present audio or video quality problems.

5. GoToMeeting

GoToMeeting is a full business-oriented tool. Depending on your pricing plan, it can support between 150 and 3,000 users. This software has advanced features that make your meetings look completely professional. These include unlimited cloud recording, HD video, transcription, screen sharing, whiteboard capabilities and more. 

Pros:

    • It tells you the name of the user who’s speaking at the time. This is very helpful in conferences with many participants.
    • It has a Google Calendar plugin.
    • You can record the conferences, which is a very useful option when you don’t have time to make notes.

Cons:

    • Uses more bandwidth than other similar tools
    • Not especially cheap
    • You can’t record on Starter Plan

 

At Watchity we have integrations to improve your meetings in video conferencing tools. 

You can easily pick up the signal from any of these tools and improve it. Imagine receiving these conferences on Watchity and then, adding them graphics, videos and labels and distributing them to websites (public or secure), social networks (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, etc.) or sharing them directly with the media and TV. 

Take a look at our support centre to find out how to easily integrate any of your video conferencing platforms into Wachity or send us a message

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