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I'm looking for free software for weekly video calls for 20 - 25 members and at least 3 hours duration of continuous video calls and it should be compatible with Mac os and Windows and should have screen share function.

What I've tried that did not suit requirements:

  • Zoom - there is 40 minutes limit.
  • Skype - up to 10 members
  • Hangouts - up to 10 members

What I want to try, but I need more information:

  • Discord. - Didn't find information about time limits and member limits.

Can you recommend any other free software for video conferencing?

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    Welcome Anna! Our community welcomes your post, but it needs to be rewritten as a request for software or a web-app. If you will, please take a look at other posts here and our help system, and you'll see examples and information that will help you write a great post! Thanks again, and welcome! Jul 27, 2020 at 7:04
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    Welcome to Software Recommendations! We will need much more information to give good recommendations here. Please take a look at What is required for a question to contain "enough information"? Then please edit your question and see if you can incorporate some of these improvements. Especially missing: What OS should it run on, how much may it cost. And please adjust the title as well so it asks for software, as RockPaper already pointed out.
    – Izzy
    Jul 27, 2020 at 16:01
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    @RockPaperLz-MaskitorCaske I edited the question, please let me know if now it is ready to be posted. Thanks
    – Ann
    Aug 5, 2020 at 7:30
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    Anna, it's starting to look great. All it needs now is the maximum duration of the calls and the operating system(s). Aug 5, 2020 at 12:01
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    I'm new to this site, but after the edition, this looks fine and justified (for the present context, for the tech scenario evolutions), I would also want to find equivalent apps. Is this going to be reopened or should the OP create a new one with this content?
    – RodolfoAP
    Aug 6, 2020 at 7:51

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When you write "free software" it seems you really mean free-of-charge services.

I can recommend to use Free Software (a.k.a. Open Source), which means software that is both free-of-charge and free-from-control - i.e. software that is bound by ethically responsible ownership rules.

Most famous Free Software tool for video conferencing is Jitsi Meet. It is a tool, not a service. Multiple providers offer services using this same tool.
You can see a list of community-run Jitsi Meet services here.

Less famous, but equally good, is the Free Software tool BigBlueButton. I am unaware if there is a list somewhere of services using BBB - one that I am aware of is Senfcall - free of charge, just requires you send them an email requesting access (and then you can create video rooms where you control access - it is not that all your participants need to get special access).

Yet another, more lightweight, video conferencing tool is backend Mediasoup using e.g. frontend multiparty-meeting. One service using that combo is letsmeet.no.

Even more lightweight - and my personal favorite - is backend Janus and e.g. frontend Jangouts. You are welcome to try use my service using that combo, at https://live.jones.dk/

All of these services are - as far as I am aware - free for use however long you like, and should work with 20+ users if your bandwidth can keep up with that (otherwise you may need to limit amount of users with video enabled).

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