Streaming video is becoming an important part of the way people interact and share data with one another. Streaming video can be used for broadcasting seminars or conferences or for collaboration on a smaller scale between team members. To help you maximize your live video streaming capabilities, here are ten excellent applications for video conferencing and streaming:
- Ustream Pro Broadcasting
Ustream was created in 2007 and is one of the most prominent live streaming tools. The company announced in early 2012 that its live and recorded videos had more than 2 billion views in 2011.
- Onstream Media Visual Webcaster
Visual Webcaster is a video streaming tool designed to give companies the ability to broadcast webinars and conferences in several locations. It also features control panels for presenters, recording features, and support for PowerPoint presentations and Flash video clips.
- Cisco WebEx
Cisco has been a major player in the technology sector for several years and holds one of the biggest shares of the video conferencing technology. Its WebEx Event Center is designed to allow companies to broadcast to a huge number of people at once: WebEx Event Center can support up to 3,000 participants and offers high quality video and threaded Q&A and chat features.
- Adobe Connect
Adobe’s Connect software is making waves in the field of video broadcasting. In a report released in September of 2013, Forrester Research called Adobe Connect “the most comprehensive solution” for both training and webinars. One of Connect’s biggest selling points is support for almost any kind of mobile device or computer.
- Microsoft Lync
Microsoft Lync is a popular video streaming tool because of its comprehensive set of features and unified communications support. With Lync, users can complement their streaming video with voice calls and instant messaging to make meetings and seminars more productive.
- Saba Webinar
Saba’s entry into the live streaming video field comes in the form of its Webinar tool. Saba Webinar allows users to build event registration pages, automate checks on computer configuration for attendees, and follow up with those that attended the seminar.
- Citrix GoToWebinar
Citrix is the maker of the popular GoToMeeting software for video conferencing. Its GoToWebinar tool is aimed more towards streaming live events and conferences. GoToWebinar supports up to 1,000 people and includes helpful features like drawing tools, support for multiple monitors, and application sharing.
This online video conferencing software used to be called FuzeBox. With an Enterprise level plan, Fuze users can stream up to 12 HD video feeds and share meetings and webinars with as many as 125 participants.
- Google Hangouts (Google For Business)
While Hangouts is often viewed as more of a casual software for video conferencing, Google recently decided to include Hangouts in its suite of business applications, indicating their intention to position Hangouts as a serious contender in commercial video conferencing. With support for up to 9 people, Hangouts is best for smaller conferences and training sessions.
- IBM Sametime
IBM’s entry into the video conferencing world includes a meeting invitation system, support for mobile devices, and screen and application sharing tools that enhance collaboration.
These 10 tools each differ slightly when it comes to what they have to offer. Choosing the right one will depend on your specific live video streaming requirements.