XMeeting

XMeeting is another video conferencing tool for Mac OS X.  It requires client download at http://xmeeting.sourceforge.net/pages/downloads_xmeeting.php.  It uses SIP and/or H.323 protocols and works well with other applications that also use these protocols.

 


To Set up

 

  1. Click on XMeeting>Preferences.  You can either keep the simplistic view and use the Setup Assistant wizard, or change to "Detailed View."
  2. Under the "General" tab:
    1. Choose which name you'd like to appear on the remote site.
    2. Choose whether to automatically accept incoming calls.
  3. Under the "Appearance" tab:
    1. Choose whether to automatically enter fullscreen once video connection is establshed.
    2. Choose whether to show self-view as mirrored.  This is checked by default.
    3. Choose whether to automatically hide and show In-call controls.
    4. Choose whether to have sound played to indicate incoming calls.  If you choose this option, then choose which type.
  4. Accounts--displays lists of H.323 and SIP accounts.
  5. Locations--
    1. Networks:  displays information related to various locations (ie:  work and home), including the IP address needed for others to contact you.  Most of this information is pre-populated. Do not change it.
    2. H.323:  Allows you to enable or disable H.323 protocol.
    3. SIP:  Allows you to enable or disable SIP.
    4. Audio:  Allows changes to codec preferences.  Best to keep at default.
    5. Video:  Allows changes to codec preferences and set framerate.  Best to keep at default.
    6. Misc:  Re-place dialing prefix if appropriate.
  6. Audio--This audio tab allows you to change your preferred audio output/input devices.
  7. Video input--Choose your video device.
  8. Address book--store and use an address book for making calls.
  9. Debug--enable the generation of a debug log.  Use this only to show tech support in case of connection problems.

Initiating a video call

  1. XMeeting uses either SIP or H.323 protocol for connecting to other IP addresses.  To switch protocols, choose from the drop down menu next to the address bar.
  2. Enter the IP address in the address bar and press enter.
  3. To open the video, if it does not open automatically, press the person icon.
  4. To make settings adjustments, press the hammer icon.
    1. Audio/Video Control:
      1. Identify your preferred audio output and microphone, along with appropriate sound levels.
      2. Identify your preferred camera.  You can adjust brightness settings, etc., by clicking on the "Settings" button.
      3. If you recently plugged in new devices, click "Update device lists."
      4. Test your audio input/output.
    2. Remote Control--Use this to configure any remote control device you may have.
    3. Record--
      1. Choose to record audio or video
      2. Choose whether to record local, remote or both feeds.
      3. Choose preferred codec and quality.  Leave these at default if you are unsure.