Recently a GoToMeeting customer posted in the community asking how they could use their IP Webcam with GoToMeeting HDFaces. As GoToMeeting only recognizes webcams connected to the computer I was about to reply that it was not possible, that was until I remembered a blog post from last year, made by a good friend of mine. Chris worked out how you could play video through GoToMeetings HDFaces feature using an application called ManyCam (you can read it here).
I had a hunch and decided to read through the ManyCam documentation, and it turns out that one of the sources ManyCam will let you choose is IP Webcams! So if you have an IP Webcam or video equipment that can broadcast online, you can follow Chris’ guide and select it as the Source in ManyCam and it will display in the HDFaces window!
Recently Microsoft made the Developer Preview of Windows 8 available for public download and testing. If you are one of the many out there that chose to download it and take it for a spin, you may have run into issues trying to use some of the GoTo products on it.
I have spent some time testing Windows 8 myself and due to the current lack of Java for Windows 8, the easiest work around is to download and install Google’s Chrome browser or Mozilla’s Firefox. When you use either of these browsers to join a GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar or GoToAssist session, they should download an .exe file which you can then choose to open/run. From there the required software should download and install and you will join your session. Remember Windows 8 is currently a preview for Developers, so you should be prepared to run into usability issues like this for the time being.
Like many of you, if I buy something I want to use it the way I want and not just how I’m told. This plays a big part in my shopping decisions (especially when it comes to technology purchases), and leads to a lot of time spent researching before I buy. It’s also my inspiration for this post.
If you already use GoToMeeting you will be familiar with it’s features; like built in phone conferencing, the ability to share control of the keyboard and mouse for collaboration, drawing etc. With the addition of HDFaces you now also have the ability to share up to 6 web cams at a time during your meeting and actually see who is talking.
What you might not know, is that you don’t have to share your screen via GoToMeeting to use HDFaces and the conferencing! Just start you meeting, join the conference call and share your webcam. Add on the ability to control the size, shape and location of the HDFaces window and you’re left with plenty of desktop real estate for another application.
If you find that your meetings have a habit of being side tracked and lose focus, you might want to consider combining HDFaces with something like LessMeeting or Minutes.io
Or perhaps you need to take the collaborative drawing a little further with an online whiteboard solution like Dabbleboard, Twiddla or Conceptboard.
Ultimately you can mix and match your HDFaces video conferencing with anything you like!