Ekiga is the free alternative recommended by Richard Stallman in his email signature. Ekiga:
is Free/Libre (FLOSS),
is available on GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows (not on Mac OS, but it's compatible with many Mac OS applications),
offers audio chat with another user,
offers video chat with another user.
Free Instant Messaging through ...
Current Firefox, Opera and Chrome have WebRTC build in (no plugin) that does that. You need to arrange a meeting point (like this https://apprtc.appspot.com ) with a common identifier (e.G. on apprtc you get redirected to an individual url and must pass this url to your chat partner) and can start chatting instantly.
WebRTC is the framework below the ...
Jitsi is a solid option. It's free and licensed under LGPL. It's Java based so it will run on Windows, Linux, and Macs. It supports a number of different protocols as well. It offers both audio and video chat with encryption.
TightVNC is a cross-platform (Linux and Windows) open source implementation of the VNC protocol. There are many other VNC clients and servers, most should work with each other without problem. Most Linux distributions have some VNC server/client built in, so does OS X (called Screen sharing).
Recently due to all the "NSA is dropping eaves everywhere" ruckus I came across a reddit or Ycombinator post that mentioned a free, secure, open-source alternative to skype called Tox (http://tox.im/). From their website, they say that "Tox is built on a 'privacy goes first' agenda" so this is good. It's open source too.
I installed Tox, ...
Many people have Gmail/Google+ accounts these days, so Google Hangouts video calls may be what you are after.
You can initiate video chat with up to 9 other users, and all user's videos are shown on-screen, with one primarily focused and all others as smaller images, and you can select different videos to make them the focus (please note it has been over a ...
As you haven't specified that you want the software to be Open Source (Free), or Premium, I would assume that you are opened to both as Camtasia is Premium.
So try using Evaer (Audio and Video Recorder)
It has wide number of features such as :
Capture original Skype video and audio data to record with high quality.
Supports recording single Skype video ...
Unfortunately, as of 2019 AwesomeTalk has officially shut down.
AwesomeTalk does this. From my experience with it, it works very well, the video and audio quality is clear and I've noticed little to no stuttering or lag. It's just as you ask, nothing fancy, just straight 1 to 1 video chat. Works on all major browsers and even has a chrome extension.
Linphone here springs to mind: https://www.linphone.org/
I've not used this for many years, but I'm aware it has an Android app (and works with Windows, iOS and Mac). It's released under the GPL so it's free and open source. You can use your own SIP or sign up for a free account on the Linphone website. It will interact with any SIP protocol I believe, but ...
Another reason to switch away from Skype is that they are owned by Microsoft and have been shown by the Snowden leaks simply to give data from Skype conversations to the NSA, including recorded calls.
For an excellent and more private alternative to Skype try Jitsi Meet. It is open source, conversations are end-to-end encrypted (not like Skype) and it is ...
You may try Cisco Webex Meeting. You can invite anybody and you can send the meeting invite to their email id. No logins, no signup for the candidates.
You can do screen-sharing, control-desktop, video chat, join the audio conference via computer, dial in via phone or get a call from Webex.
There is free version where up to to 3 people can join, you ...
Jitsi is a set of open-source projects that allows you to easily build and deploy secure videoconferencing solutions. At the heart of Jitsi are Jitsi Videobridge and Jitsi Meet, which let you have conferences on the internet, while other projects in the community enable other features such as audio, dial-in, recording, and simulcasting.
I would advice you zoom.us. It's an meeting/cloud video conferencing software on Windows and Mac.
Let's go through your requirements :
The good :
You can choose which camera/microphone to use.
It has a functionnality that covers many of your requirements : you can share your screen. So you can display an image on your screen and your friends and ...
I recommend checking out the LEADTOOLS Multimedia SDK for this. This SDK includes support for standard streams such as RTSP and MPEG-2 Transport over UDP. LEADTOOLS also provides a proprietary stream specific for video conferencing applications with dedicated demos to illustrate this.
You can set up a simple server and client in just a few lines of code. ...
You can try Ekiga. It's an open-source SoftPhone, video conferencing and instant messenger software. It runs on windows and linux. I believe you can host with it, but I've never done it. It should be explained in the Manual.
To make it always on top with windows, I use AutoHotkey. There are some good explanations in this HowToGeek article.
Jitsi Meet is open source, does not require any account and you can self-host it if you want. It works in the browser, so no installation needed.
Jitsi Meet - Secure, Simple and Scalable Video Conferences that you use as a standalone app or embed in your web application.
You can try it on https://meet.jit.si/. There are other instances as well, you'll find ...
You can look at SignalRTC, it's a video chat web application (no need to install anyting, no browser plugins), which uses WebRTC and SignalR, works only on Chrome and Firefox, not IE. I didn't check other browser.
No registration, user can enter any name. Now only two users can have video chat, but it's planned multi-user video communication in future.
Google's online tools have quite a lot of what you are asking for. Using Google documents, you can add stuff in front of, during or after meetings. You can add moderation, and multiple people can have different access to the documents.
Google calender can be used to schedule meeting with links to the proper documents, and Google Hangout can be used for ...
The company that I work for uses Cisco Webex conferencing for pretty much this sort of thing:
you can video conference with up to 7 peoples faces on screen at a time
depending on the plan up to 100 participants
dial in for voice only access
presenter can mute individuals or everybody
you can record sessions for later playback
you can also share your desktop ...
You can use a WebCam Recorder, installation and use of this program makes it one the favorites because it allow the use to record high quality videos, crystal clear voice recording and a very powerful and useful video and audio converter
How to use it?
Just click on “record”
Choose an option for your recording:
a. Just audio: export the call and saves ...
OBS is great and covers your usage case and more:
Open Broadcaster Software is free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. Supported features include:
Encoding using H264 (x264) and AAC.
Support for Intel Quick Sync Video (QSV) and NVENC.
Unlimited number of scenes and sources.
Live RTMP streaming to ...
Not a full match, but I've just found Ring:
text conversations: Yes
file exchange: Unsure (probably yes in SIP mode)
Open Source: Yes
audio/video chat: Yes, yes
intuitive GUI: Cannot really tell as I've not tried – but the screenshots I've seen suggest so
no closed-source 3rd party parts: Not as far as I can tell
The MoodleCloud could be your answer.
It is a free hosting service for the open source software moodle (as a teacher you maybe already know it).
The magic keyword for your specific request is the integration of BigBlueBlutton.
This is an open source (and so free) web conference software.
Below the description from the website:
BigBlueButton is an open ...
I recommend apprtc for video calling to a person with no technical knowledge or with techincal knowledge. It doesn't require any software installation. It just requires having a webbrowser on you iPhone. You can go to the link and it will prompt you to create a room or join the random room no generated when you open the website. You can pass that link to ...
It might be worth taking a look at Cisco WebEx - which often doesn't show up in searches for Video Chat as it is an on-line meeting & conferencing solution which includes Video Conferencing.
On PC/Mac it works in browser in most browsers, chrome needs a plug-in installed.
Various plans including free which is limited to 3 total participants, i.e. 3 ...
I would recommend trying a WebRTC based solution. One of them is apprtc.
You'll need internet connection to load the web page once, But after that you can talk to who ever you want on your local network without internet connection.
I have recently installed Jitsi Meet for that purpose.
It is self-hosted, on a Debian server in my case. The installation really was as simple as a few steps:
wget -qO - https://download.jitsi.org/jitsi-key.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c "echo 'deb https://download.jitsi.org stable/' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jitsi-stable.list"
sudo apt-get -y ...
Quoting from FAQ:
What is Jitsi?
Jitsi is a set of open-source projects that allows you to easily build and deploy secure videoconferencing solutions. We are best known for our Jitsi Meet video conferencing platform, meet.jit.si where we host a Jitsi Meet instance that the community can use for totally free video conferences , and the Jitsi ...