Fwd: Re: Cu-SeeMe Report

savron@InfoRoute.CGS.Fr (wweber@fdic.gov)
Tue, 16 Apr 96 13:57:02 EDT

Forwarded to: smtp@va16@servers[cu-seeme-l@cornell.edu]
Comments by: Richard S. Campbell@DIRM ATS@Washington

I was forwarded this regarding the VIDEOCON list. There has been a lot of
interest on this list in other sources of information re:cuseeme and this
list covers it as well as other video conferencing topics. In a subsequent
note they're thinking of archiving their messages in VTC topics, one of which
would be CUSEEME itself. Generally, VIDEOCON does not seem to think Cuseeme
is any competition to Picturetel and the like. (BTW, Picturetel has just
started TV advertising)

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I wonder what the frame rate is they are trying to support?

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From: "David Leone (907) 474-6305" <sxdnl@ORCA.ALASKA.EDU>
Date: Monday, April 15, 1996 at 3:36:06 pm EDT
Attached: Headers.822

At the University of Alaska, we have been discouraging use of CU-SeeMe as it
can severely drain our network resources. Unless someone has found a way to
set CU-SeeMe applications as a very low priority?

David Leone
Statewide Office of Network Services
University of Alaska
(907) 474-6305



>>I have been working with the latest 0.83b1 beta version of this program in
>>Black and White.
>>There are many reflector sites set up around the world.
>>Craig Warren is going to set one up here at Deakin Geelong too. We will use
>>this reflector for any cross campus use of this desktop videoconferencing
>>I have not found the picture quality at a very high standard. The quality
>>varies as the use of the internet connections vary in use.
>>During most of my use the frame rate per second has been below one frame
>>per second, only a little better than still pictures up graded at random.
>>I came in to the university during the Easter break and found that I was
>>able to receive frame rates as high as 7 frames per second. This rate is
>>still a long way from what we are using with our PictureTel systems.
>>The software is fair to set up but still can require technical knowledge to
>>get working. I had trouble with the loaned Quickcam software installation
>>and had to get an upgraded software for my MAC LC 475 from the Internet.
>>I have also installed a Quickcam and CU-SeeMe on our other MAC LC III, this
>>works but is very slow and the frame rate is slower.
>>The version of software that I have been working with has a talk window.
>>This window allows typed text to be used instead of audio.
>>Audio is only available on the MAC versions of this Black and White system.
>>So to work with an IBM clone with Cu-SeeMe installed you must use the talk
>>There is no shared white board but there is a slide window available. The
>>slides can only be stored for the current session. When the session is over
>>there is no method of filing the information for use next time.
>>The colour version has a shared white board but I don't know about slide
>>The audio quality varies depending on the other uses of the internet
>>connection. All my work has been using a Deakin network connection so I had
>>the best connection available. If using a modem the frame rates would be
>>even poorer and audio is only available if you have 28.8 00 bps modem.
>>In my opinion this desktop videoconferencing system still has a long way to
>>go to be used for anything better than audio graphics working.
>>Rob. Brownlee
>>TELEPHONE: (61) (52) 271 241
>>BOOKINGS NUMBER (61) (52) 272 335
>>FAX: (61) (52) 272 322
>>BOOKINGS INTERNET: tcc-bookings@deakin.edu.au