Polycom RealPresence and Cisco Jabber offer desktop H.323 Video Conferencing clients, for IP connectivity.
Cisco Jabber desktop client
NOTE: The dialing format to use when calling an IP address is firstname.lastname@example.org (using a working test number, in Andover, MA from the link above… Polycom test numbers).
This last link describes (and all rights to the description belong to www.adcapnet.com, or the author of that blog). It is included in this article to help users understand that once they click on the Cisco Jabber Video link below, they’ll click the right green button that says Get Jabber Video, then be asked to Complete this form to sign up for a Jabber Video account. Once they complete the form, they’ll be prompted to Save or Run the Jabber Video client (JabberVideo126.96.36.19994.exe). Users should choose to Run it and let the installation complete. Once completed they can log into the Jabber client with the Jabber account username and password they created on the form.
Cisco Jabber for Video
There are actually two free versions of Jabber, and they are both fully functional. One of them is Cisco Jabber Video, and you can download and run it just about immediately. It is supported on Windows, Mac, and iPad right now, with Android support coming soon. It provides desktop HD video calling with any other standards based video system. Standards based is hugely important. It follows these standards:
- SIP and H.323
- URI dialing
- H.264 video standard
- Resolution up to 1080p at 30 frames per second
If you want to have a business video call then you need to be able to make calls across the internet with URI dialing (usually in email address format) using SIP and H.264. You can register for your own @jabber.com account for free and start calling right away. This is real business video, not consumer class limited access video.
Polycom RealPresence desktop client
Be aware that unlike the Ciso Jabber client, Polycom’s RealPresence desktop client is a 30 day trial that then requires an activation fee to register the software.
NOTE: The dialing format to use when calling an IP address is 140.242..350.203 (using a working test number, in Andover, MA from the link above… Polycom test numbers).
(above link contains links to download 30 day trial of RealPresence desktop for Windows and Mac OZ X)
Also see the last article I wrote on Video Conferencing on Examiner.com (below):