Seeing Is Believing: Try Your First Video Call with LifeSize WebRTC

In the past, HD quality video conferencing has been stigmatized as a solution for high-powered executives or relegated to boardrooms for only the most important of meetings. Today, video conferencing is more accessible than ever before, and can run on laptops, desktop computers and even mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Even though the technology is prevalent in our modern business world, many individuals still hesitate to use video in their day-to-day work lives. Why is that?

For some, a fear of the technology may still exist and naturally so, with all of the software clients and plug-ins needed to access a given solution. However, if you strip away all of the complexities of using video conferencing and turn it into a task that is as easy as making a phone call, we believe there’s a good chance that usage could skyrocket. If it worked for the phone, why wouldn’t it work for video too?

If you have never tried video conferencing before, WebRTC is about as easy as it gets. If you know how to use an Internet browser, you can launch a video chat in seconds.

LifeSize has created a WebRTC application for you to try video for yourself and see the power of this often-underutilized technology. We have to admit, this application is a beta so we make no guarantees of product availability or product support, but it is a great way to get started and make video calls to folks around the world with nothing more than a camera and Internet connection. In order to accommodate all of our users globally, we must limit each call to 60 minutes, but that should be more than enough time to test the application and perhaps even get some work done (video conferences are more productive than the average meeting, after all).

How to Use LifeSize WebRTC in Two Steps:

Step 1: Simply type in the web address (www.lifesize.com/webrtc) in your Google Chrome browser (download it here, if you don’t already have it) or click this link

Step 2: Plug in your web cam (or use your embedded camera)

That’s it! No software clients, no logins/passwords, no plug-ins, no adding scary “security exceptions” – just an honest-to-goodness video chat. It is by far the easiest way to take video for a test drive.

What are you waiting for? Give video conferencing a try today.

9 Responses to “Seeing Is Believing: Try Your First Video Call with LifeSize WebRTC”

  1. Michael Graves

    Could you please clarify the use of the beta app? It defaults to calling testcall@clearsea.lifesize.com. Are any other calling targets allowed? I would presume so since the stated 60 minute limit implies something more than the test call permits. Do we call another WebRTC client using the same app but signed in with another email address? Or do we use a SIP URI? I’ve tried both but neither have worked.

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  2. Michael Graves

    To be very clear for the benefit of others, what worked for us was using H.323 syntax of an IP address. In a later call I was able to 123.456.789.012##123456 to reach an H.323 accessible MCU.

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    • Yusef

      Hi
      Where did you change the code to make it compatible with H.323,i wonder.Please guide me. I tried to explore a lot in webrtc,doubnago but i could only find a support with asterisk for h.323.
      Your help will be appreciated.

      Regards

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    • jsteele

      Janne,
      At the moment, you cannot make calls between WebRTC applications – you must call a standards-based IP or a SIP URI dialstring. If you’d like to do a test call, email pr@lifesize.com and I can send you some numbers to try.
      Thanks,
      Julie

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    • jsteele

      Marcony,
      Currently our LifeSize WebRTC application is just a fun experiment that we’re trying out. We will let you know if/when it is integrated with any of our existing products.
      Thanks,
      Julie

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