VSee is a video conferencing software that lets users chat and collaborate online with multiple people at a time. It is loaded with useful features that make working remotely a breeze. It’s a free tool for personal use, however, companies can subscribe to VSee for a low monthly fee.
VSee at a glance
Bottom-Line: A great video conferencing tool for informal meetings. Not only does it let users have an online conference, VSee also nicely supports online collaboration. Its commercial packages are cost effective, and prices are similar to competitors such as GoToMeeting or Webex, though it does have a much cheaper entry-level package.
Pros: It is very low bandwidth, so even those on slower Internet connections can make the most of their VSee video conference and collaboration.
Cons: VSee only runs on Windows. It is not entirely browser-based, and an installation is required.
Price: VSee is free for personal use. For commercial use, packages start at $10 per member, per month.
Getting Started on VSee
As I’ve mentioned before, users need to install VSee prior to using it. The installation process is easy and straightforward, and installation is quick. Once you have installed the software and created an account, you are ready to start using this software. Much like Skype, you can only call those who have also already installed and created an account with VSee. Also, those on the most basic package can only call people within their team. The installation process can cause small delays if you want to conduct an impromptu meeting with someone who is not already a VSee user.
To make a call, all you need to do is double-click the name of the person you need to speak to on your address list. You can also choose to type the person’s user name on the search field and press enter. This is useful if you have a large number of contacts, for example. Once the call is connected, you can begin your video conference. Users can video conference with up to 12 people at a time.
VSee is extremely intuitive, so even those who are new to video conferencing, can easily learn to use it. The software’s controls are easy to find as they are all located at the top of the video window.
Collaborating on the Video Conference
To me, the brilliance of VSee lies in its collaboration functions. The tool supports application sharing, desktop sharing, movie sharing, general file sharing, USB device sharing and even allows for remote camera control. This means that you can control a another computer camera’s zoom, tilt and pan, getting exactly the image that you want. Also, its document sharing abilities are great, as VSee users don’t have to worry about e-mailing around large files during their meeting.
Users can interact with each other’s screens by annotating and highlighting on documents that are open, so collaborative working is easy. It is also possible to record a VSee session in its entirety, making it easy to revisit a meeting when needed.
Reliable Audio and Video
When tested, VSee presented no problems whatsoever with audio or video, so there were no delays at all, which is very impressive. In fact, I found VSee to be even better than Skype and GoToMeeting when it comes to audio quality.
As with a number of other video conferencing tools, users can place the video screen anywhere on the desktop, making it easy to see the video conference participants while working on documents together. This means that the video screen doesn't have to be minimized or closed when collaborating online.