How to Make the Most of our Video Conferencing Service

What are the best free video conferencing options?

Choosing the right video conferencing option to suit your needs can be challenging, but if the following are important to you, then the decision is easy. Subscribe today for your FreeConference account!

  • Quick and easy connection.
  • No downloads.
  • Free mobile apps.
  • Integrated calendar and email scheduling.
  • Always free.
  • Screen share and file sharing.
  • Moderator Controls.
  • Secure and stable platform.
  • High-quality audio and video.
  • No time limitations.
  • Integrated Telephone conferencing.

 

What are free video conferencing services?

Video conferencing allows you to communicate in real time, via the internet, when it isn’t possible to meet in person. FreeConference offers free video conferencing services that connect up to 5 participants in a secure virtual meeting room.

FreeConference.com allows you to collaborate over our video conferencing platform, as well as share documents and also join with phone participants in your own online meeting room.

Hosts have the ability to moderate meetings, muting other callers and sending invitations among other features. Participants can raise their hands for a Q&A session, make comments and ask questions in the chat box and also share and present documents.

 

Can I video conference from an app?

It is possible to share your video with others in an online meeting using our Android App. We also have desktop apps available for Windows, Mac and Linux users that can be downloaded here: https://hello.freeconference.com/conf/apps/downloads

It is currently not possible to share video from our iPhone or iPad app, however this is something we will be enabling in the near future. So please keep an eye out for updates.

 

What’s the difference between video conferencing platforms?

Some video conferencing platforms restrict the length of time your conferences can last while on a free subscription. With FreeConference.com, your video conference calls can last up to 12 hours and you can have up to 5 participants in total. With a paid subscription, you can have up to 100 people join and participate in your video conference calls.

Other video conferencing platforms have a limited free trial period, where FreeConference.com has a free forever subscription that you can use as long as you need it.

As video conferencing is a challenging medium to work with, support is an essential component with any such platform. Our FreeConference.com support team will be available to help you get started, resolve issues and provide plenty of documentation – user guides, video tutorials, and articles – to ensure that even the most technically challenged users are equipped to successfully host their video conference calls.

 

Tips on choosing the best laptop for video conferencing

When portability and convenience matter, selecting a laptop for your video conferencing seems like a no brainer but with so many on the market, it’s hard to select which model to go with. FreeConference’s video conferencing environment supports all laptops that are equipped with Google Chrome V58 and up along with any of the following operating systems.

  • Windows 7 or 10
  • Mac OS X, 10.8 and up
  • Fedora 21 and up
  • Debian 8 and up

Most laptops come with built-in speakers and a microphone, however, a webcam is not essential—you may conduct a web conference call via your online meeting room without the use of your camera, just opt to use audio only so your participants can hear you!

Learn more about video conferencing here in our support center.

 

Tips on selecting the best headset for video conferencing

Using a headset for video conferencing is the best way to ensure you are hearing and sending the best quality audio. Using a headset prevents echo and external disturbance on the call. A good microphone on your headset will also ensure that your participants hear the best quality audio from your side. Be sure to take the following points into consideration:

  • 3.5 mm cable headset is recommended for Mac users
  • Either a USB or 3.5 mm cable can be used for Windows
  • Wireless headsets should be of a high quality as some Bluetooth devices can cut out intermittently without you realizing
  • Do you want to use your headphones for listening to music or taking regular phone calls as well?
  • Do you need to be able to walk away from your desk during a conference? Then a wireless device is important.
  • Will the headset be used daily or on an irregular basis?
  • Will your meetings be long? In which case they should be comfortable.
  • Are you doing conference calls while traveling? In which case they should be portable.

 

What are the best video conferencing solutions for small business?

A free video conferencing solution, with the option to upgrade at a later date, is the best option for a small business. FreeConference.com will enable small teams, freelancers and remote workers to meet up on the fly or scheduled in advance.

There are no downloads and no meeting length restrictions. Only the host needs an account and everyone else can just join with the click or tap of a button.

If you need more features, it is easy to upgrade and you can cancel the plan at any time. If your needs change or you go on vacation, you won’t be tied into a long term contract. Get started with a free account today!

 

What are the types of video conferencing?

There are essentially three kinds of video conferencing:

  1. No downloads required, only the host needs an account
  2. All participants need to download software, only the host needs an account
  3. All participants need to download software AND all participants need an account

Most video conferencing services are type 2 or 3, requiring participants and hosts to download software to their computer or mobile device and even create an account before they can even participate in a video conference call.

With FreeConference.com, participants and hosts alike are not required to download any application. They can access video conference calls direct via their Google Chrome browser. Only the host will need a FreeConference.com account – participants are not required to register or sign up for an account to join a video conference call.

We do also have the option for participants to use one of our desktop or mobile apps if they prefer.

 

How does video conferencing work?

Video Conferencing provides real-time two-way audio/video communication between two or more locations. Video Conferencing requires specialized equipment on both ends for a successful connection.

FreeConference.com video conferencing works using WebRTC technology within your Chrome browser or using one of our standalone apps. As long as each participant has a webcam and internet connection anyone can host a video conference from almost anywhere in the world.

Read more about Video Conferencing on our support site