With in-person events mostly canceled this year, video conferences have never been more important. There's the standard group Zoom calls, but then there are also a ton of unique, new new takes on what a video conference could be, including:
Or you could have a more normal webinar, perhaps embedded into your site:
Then you have new tools to add effects to videos, including:
Got any other cool conferencing tools you've tried—or have you tried any of these tools and have thoughts on how they worked for your team?
Would love to hear the best online events you've attended and the tools that made it special!
While I don't like you can't design custom templates, @prezi video gives a nice toch to slides and video combined. Also virtual webvam output, so it works with Zoom et al.
Check out what CascadiaJS is doing this year (https://2020.cascadiajs.com)
- Pre recorded talks + live QA. Broadcast with on-sceen live chat. Better because it allows for captioning and moderation. Tool - twitch studio.
- live Karaoke
- “tables”, sponsor rooms, and socializing with https://remo.co/
- audio socializing via rambly.app
Connect.club is a pretty slick take on virtual spatial networking.
I've collected more here: https://www.producthunt.com/@chrismessina/collections/virtualspatialpresence
Oh cool, that's an amazing list—thanks for sharing!
I'd almost forgotten Messenger Rooms is a thing.
Here is another one https://try.twine.nyc/digital/ (one on one deep conversation) - (founded by my ex-boss)
Interesting! So it's matching you to other people with similar interests to try to help make friends online?
Reminds me a bit of Donut, a Slack add-on I'd used in the past that randomly matches you up with other people on your team to help you get to know everyone in a large company. Pairing people up by interests would be even more interesting.
Missing one from this list -- an amazing conference-focused application called https://gather.town/ Check it out!
(Superuser, I created a spaceship world for our company-wide virtual offsite. It's really really exciting what's possible, and for builders like me it's quite fun to play with! )
Reminds of https://theonline.town!
Ohh interesting, like Second Life redesigned with 8-bit graphics for work! Does it have spatial audio where you can faintly hear nearby conversations then move closer to join in?
Video is great but it can be overwhelming when you're on it all day. That's why we're building Orbital, the only audio chat app made for large groups. We're open for beta registration now at http://orbital.com. 🪐
Since you mentioned all-day, is Orbital built around push-to-talk ala Discord, or would you actually keep a voice conversation and open mic running all day?
Hi @maguay! At the moment we see a lot of teams using the app as a virtual watercooler and meeting rooms. So, it's there when you need it but you can mute yourself anytime, or move your marker away from other people if you want some quiet. We do have push-to-talk in the roadmap, as well. Here's a demo of how it works:
I'm surprised to not see Microsoft Teams here at all. They are about to introduce this: https://news.microsoft.com/innovation-stories/microsoft-teams-together-mode/#:~:text=Together%20mode%2C%20now%20rolling%20out,in%20the%20same%20place%20together
Interesting! Would be curious to see how much it helps "zoom fatigue" in real use.
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That's an interesting balance of pre-recording plus live QA; seems like a good use of the live time.
How did the sponsor rooms work out? Were they just essentially ongoing calls with the sponsors about their products?
Rambly looks awesome!