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Submission + - Affordable and usable video conferencing 1

Sabalon writes: I work at a state university with remote sites, minimal space, and all the other usual bits. We used to have some dedicated circuit video conferencing but those have fallen into disuse. The administration is now interested in being able to stream a class from site to site, or at least have a student at one site have visual interaction with a person at another site. It seems to me that many of the players (Tanberg for instance) may have good products, but are designed to be stand-alone room devices with many options and simple controls. My thought is that if Skype, uStream and others can do live video, there has to be somethings out there that don't cost a fortune but work effectively. Key things would be the ability to use commodity web cams as a source, viewable on a PC (preferably all the main OS's) and the ability to add in other devices (say H.323 encoders) or desktop/application sharing. Are there decent products and solutions out there for us mere mortals?

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