Free multispeaker large group web presentations

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These program allow hosting or attending a live Web group conference:

  • large number of viewers
  • live feedback
  • several speakers/presenters who can share their screen
  • allow others to draw on that screen or edit the document

There are many more options such as Talky, Zoom, etc. Here are some of the most popular web conferencing methods that work for Linux/Mac/Windows/Android AND that I have used more than once.

Unlimited viewers

YouTube, Facebook and Periscope enable very high quality live streaming HD broadcasts via an API that requires just a bit of reasonable technical knowledge to accomplish. Google Hangouts only requires a web browser and plugin (or mobile app)–thus Hangouts is a little simpler to get started and has historically been the free business-grade choice.

YouTube

According to GlobalWebIndex, 82% of Web users visit YouTube at least monthly. YouTube Live is free for live events with live user feedback and multiple speakers. YouTube Live is easy to stream using FFmpeg, without bulky complicated programs. Since March 2018, YouTube Live streaming is also possible directly from the web browser.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts On Air with YouTube Live free broadcast solution can share your desktop, allow multiple speakers, allow speakers to draw over another’s shared desktop or canvas. Users can comment in realtime to the speakers. The Live Event can be public or private for invited users only.

YouTube Live allows more control over video quality, while Hangouts on Air allows multiple presenters instead of just one presenter as with YouTube Live.

Periscope Producer

Unlike the standard Periscope app, Periscope Producer can broadcast from mobile AND desktop/hardware devices. Periscope can be viewed from mobile and desktop devices. Using Periscope Producer, screensharing is also possible.

Facebook Live

The Facebook Graph API makes it possible to live stream broadcast from a laptop. You can use FFmpeg to stream to Facebook Live from the desktop/laptop. Facebook Live is growing in appeal since so many are on Facebook.

Two-way

If you want the audience/group to be able to respond with their own video/audio, these methods are up for consideration.

GoToMeeting

GoToMeeting allows up to 100 participants, more with higher-tier plans. HTML5 GoToMeeting in the Google Chrome browser on Linux, BSD, Mac, Windows, etc. works quite well.

WebEx

WebEx also has HTML5 platform independent conferencing. WebEx is limited to 50 participants, more with higher-tier plans.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts Meet has HTML5 based screen sharing / video group calls for up to 50 two-way participants (vs. unlimited one-way broadcasts with On Air). Phone dialout/dialin is also provided.

  • G Suite Enterprise: up to 50 participants
  • other G Suite: up to 25 participants

Discord

Discord can be used from an HTML5 browser, and allows thousands of simultaneous many-to-many voice and text chat users. Up to 9 speakers can share video/screen and audio as well.

Discord is well known for benefits including:

  • free to use
  • very low latency, HD voice
  • voice activation or push-to-talk
  • many-to-many allows interrupting without pause/break

Skype

Skype has a plugin-free access via the web browser. Skype is limited to 25 conference participants.

AdobeConnect

AdobeConnect is HTML5 based and does NOT require Flash player. AdobeConnect is limited to 25 users in a Meeting, more with higher-tier licenses or 600 users in Seminars.

Notes

  • http://www.globalwebindex.net/blog/what-to-know-about-youtube-on-its-10th-anniversary (link went down)

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