How It Works

Desktop Computer

It’s not always necessary to schedule a conference room for your videoconference. If you want to be able to meet with someone from wherever you are, consider using your personal desktop computer.

You’ll need to have desktop videoconferencing hardware and software installed before you can initiate or join a conference. Your computer must also have audio capabilities (e.g., a sound card and speakers).

Currently, Collaboration Technologies supports two software-based viceoconferencing solutions for computers - Lync and Jabber Video (Movi).

Using Lync for videoconferencing

Lync is integrated into IU's phone system, and making a video call is as easy as clicking on a contact's name. However, if you need a large picture, Lync is not the best choice. Its image quality is quite low.

Using Jabber Video (Movi) for videoconferencing

Jabber Video (Movi) is capable of delivering a high definition video feed, and is simple to use. However, you will most likely have to request that Jabber Video (Movi) be installed on your computer, and it is not linked with the IU phone system.

Desktop videoconferencing

Once you have all the necessary equipment installed, you can contact other videoconferencing endpoints (participants) and even participate in multi-site videoconferences. You’ll see the video feed from the other site(s) on your computer screen and hear the audio through your speakers or headset.

Participants at other sites will also be able to see and hear you.

For detailed assistance with videoconferencing from your desktop, visit the help and tutorials section or ask us.