What’s the right mix of features for your online meeting? The terms aren’t all that consistent, the dust hasn’t settled, and the features set from different vendors are all over the map. Some call it a web meeting when multiple participants can all show video/audio and use a collaborative space for presentation/ whiteboard/ screen sharing. Some call it webinar when presenter(s) can talk thru a presentation/ screen sharing with a group of attendees. Some call it a web conference or online training or online meeting or webcast. A lot of creativity, and, confusion.
There’s the big 2: WebEx and GotoMeeting/ GotoWebinar/ GotoTraining. There are pricey solutions costing $125+ per month or $0.33ish per minute per user seat. But none of those fit my needs or my budget.
I’m looking for one that’d do a few key things all in one, and it shouldn’t be that hard, but it sure has been hard to find. I’m looking for a web app (meaning no software download to install for presenter or attendees) that:
- shows video from presenter webcam,
- chat room for attendees’ interaction,
- VoIP or phone dial-in for attendees in listener-only mode,
- presentation area for powerpoint or desktop sharing,
- and one-click recording of the session as a downloadable video file.
Other features would be nice but not necessary. I’ve found dozens of solutions that do all but one of what i’ve listed, but not one with all of ‘em. Sigh. Help?