Re: What Is The Difference Between Videoconference and Webcam?

Discussion in 'Windows MSN Messenger' started by Jonathan Kay [MVP], Aug 24, 2004.

  1. Greetings,

    Actually the Webcam and Video Conference functions are actually radically different. The
    Video Conference function uses the built-in Real-Time Communication APIs within Windows XP
    (and is compatible with Windows Messenger) but requires a direct connection between you and
    your contact (as does the Audio portion).

    The Webcam function is actually a feature based on webcam technology produced by logitech
    which supports mainly webcam's only, but has a higher image quality and can also make use a
    relay server so a direct connection between you and your contact *isn't* required, thereby
    getting around most roadblocks (like firewalls, routers and similar situations).

    As such, it sounds like you or your contact may be behind a non-UPnP enabled router, a
    software firewall or some type of internet sharing technology which does not allow a direct
    connection between you and your contact and therefore the reason why you're seeing this
    problem.
    ____________________________________________
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    Microsoft MVP - MSN Messenger/Windows Messenger
    Associate Expert
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/
    Messenger Resources - http://messenger.jonathankay.com
    All posts unless otherwise specified are (c) 2004 Jonathan Kay.
    You *must* contact me for redistribution rights.

    <> wrote in message news:...
    > Can you help explain the difference beewen these two options please?
    > Is there some additional functionality?
    >
    > I can get the webcam option to show video at both ends - no audio -
    > but get nothing with videoconference. The message is something like
    > "there is a problem with the other computer". We get that message no
    > matter who issues the invitation.
     
    Jonathan Kay [MVP], Aug 24, 2004
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  2. Hi,

    You're very welcome =)
    ____________________________________________
    Jonathan Kay
    Microsoft MVP - MSN Messenger/Windows Messenger
    Associate Expert
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/
    Messenger Resources - http://messenger.jonathankay.com
    All posts unless otherwise specified are (c) 2004 Jonathan Kay.
    You *must* contact me for redistribution rights.

    <> wrote in message news:...
    > Many thanks, that is very helpful.
    >
    >
    > On Mon, 23 Aug 2004 19:52:27 -0400, "Jonathan Kay [MVP]"
    > <> wrote:
    >
    >>Greetings,
    >>
    >>Actually the Webcam and Video Conference functions are actually radically different. The
    >>Video Conference function uses the built-in Real-Time Communication APIs within Windows XP
    >>(and is compatible with Windows Messenger) but requires a direct connection between you and
    >>your contact (as does the Audio portion).
    >>
    >>The Webcam function is actually a feature based on webcam technology produced by logitech
    >>which supports mainly webcam's only, but has a higher image quality and can also make use a
    >>relay server so a direct connection between you and your contact *isn't* required, thereby
    >>getting around most roadblocks (like firewalls, routers and similar situations).
    >>
    >>As such, it sounds like you or your contact may be behind a non-UPnP enabled router, a
    >>software firewall or some type of internet sharing technology which does not allow a direct
    >>connection between you and your contact and therefore the reason why you're seeing this
    >>problem.
    >>____________________________________________
    >>Jonathan Kay
    >>Microsoft MVP - MSN Messenger/Windows Messenger
    >>Associate Expert
    >>http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/
    >>Messenger Resources - http://messenger.jonathankay.com
    >>All posts unless otherwise specified are (c) 2004 Jonathan Kay.
    >>You *must* contact me for redistribution rights.
    >>
    >><> wrote in message
    >>news:...
    >>> Can you help explain the difference beewen these two options please?
    >>> Is there some additional functionality?
    >>>
    >>> I can get the webcam option to show video at both ends - no audio -
    >>> but get nothing with videoconference. The message is something like
    >>> "there is a problem with the other computer". We get that message no
    >>> matter who issues the invitation.

    >>

    >
     
    Jonathan Kay [MVP], Aug 24, 2004
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