Zoom – Free HD Group Movie Calling Review

Zoom - Free HD Group Video Calling Review

Zoom – Fresh Kid On the Block (15 Friends Movie Talk Free in High Def)

The freshly launched Zoom Movie Communications hit the flaps last Tuesday and received a rave review from WSJ’s Walt Mossberg. In his AllThingsD review of Zoom, Mossberg was wowed by Zoom’s “free, high-definition, group movie calls for up to fifteen people at the same time,” its capability to work over “wired and WiFi Internet connections, or cellular 3G and 4G networks,” and its “acute and sleek” movie quality. He also approved of the text talk and screen sharing features.

I also gave it a whirl. And I like it a lot. The product is elementary, the movie quality is good, and it has basic screen sharing. It also supports mobile devices – a big plus!

I was relaxed, however, to detect that VSee movie spectacle has a ample advantage compared to Zoom for group conferencing or when the network is not quick (like DSL, WiFi, 3G, etc, similar to the VSee advantage over Skype).

Zoom also made some less appealing design decisions like its voice activated switching. This can get very annoying since often we don’t want to see the speaker, but a particular audience member. Zoom also does not suggest any security, and its screen sharing does not permit remote control or annotation. I should mention, this is a bit of an unfair comparison since Zoom is a consumer app, while VSee is designed for work. Overall, I have to agree with Mossberg – Zoom did a good job!!

Zoom is founded by former WebEx/Cisco VP of Engineering Eric Yuan. Eric did a superman job growing WebEx from ten to eight hundred engineers. Eric was also an investor and advisor to Tango. Extra web searches suggest that their engineering team is in China, and they wrote their version of H.264 SVC, like Vidyo.

It will be interesting to see how Zoom pivots in its future. Will it go after Vidyo or Tango? Will it become a plugin for social networks or something else? Right now it is neither consumer enough nor enterprise enough – and that tends to be the Death Valley for movie companies. I’m looking forward to witnessing their next steps ��

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We are presently testing VSee with a charity in the UK where they are looking for a better way to manage people in remote locations. Early days but it looks promising. Reading your blog I did a zoom test on Saturday to my family holidaying in France. The movie was not that good and the sound didn’t work on their iPad, so went back to using FaceTime which is excellent for one-to-one Apple communications.

For private communications we tend to use our iPads and can’t wait to get the VSee iPad app. When are you likely to release this app?

Thanks for cheering us on, Ian! We hope to launch iPad in the next 1-2 months ��

Zoom – Free HD Group Movie Calling Review

Zoom – Fresh Kid On the Block (15 Friends Movie Talk Free in High Def)

The freshly launched Zoom Movie Communications hit the sways last Tuesday and received a rave review from WSJ’s Walt Mossberg. In his AllThingsD review of Zoom, Mossberg was wowed by Zoom’s “free, high-definition, group movie calls for up to fifteen people at the same time,” its capability to work over “wired and WiFi Internet connections, or cellular 3G and 4G networks,” and its “acute and sleek” movie quality. He also approved of the text talk and screen sharing features.

I also gave it a whirl. And I like it a lot. The product is ordinary, the movie quality is good, and it has basic screen sharing. It also supports mobile devices – a big plus!

I was relaxed, however, to detect that VSee movie spectacle has a gigantic advantage compared to Zoom for group conferencing or when the network is not prompt (like DSL, WiFi, 3G, etc, similar to the VSee advantage over Skype).

Zoom also made some less appealing design decisions like its voice activated switching. This can get very annoying since often we don’t want to see the speaker, but a particular audience member. Zoom also does not suggest any security, and its screen sharing does not permit remote control or annotation. I should mention, this is a bit of an unfair comparison since Zoom is a consumer app, while VSee is designed for work. Overall, I have to agree with Mossberg – Zoom did a superb job!!

Zoom is founded by former WebEx/Cisco VP of Engineering Eric Yuan. Eric did a superman job growing WebEx from ten to eight hundred engineers. Eric was also an investor and advisor to Tango. Extra web searches suggest that their engineering team is in China, and they wrote their version of H.264 SVC, like Vidyo.

It will be interesting to see how Zoom pivots in its future. Will it go after Vidyo or Tango? Will it become a plugin for social networks or something else? Right now it is neither consumer enough nor enterprise enough – and that tends to be the Death Valley for movie companies. I’m looking forward to watching their next steps ��

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We are presently testing VSee with a charity in the UK where they are looking for a better way to manage people in remote locations. Early days but it looks promising. Reading your blog I did a zoom test on Saturday to my family holidaying in France. The movie was not that good and the sound didn’t work on their iPad, so went back to using FaceTime which is excellent for one-to-one Apple communications.

For individual communications we tend to use our iPads and can’t wait to get the VSee iPad app. When are you likely to release this app?

Thanks for cheering us on, Ian! We hope to launch iPad in the next 1-2 months ��

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