Talk:Video conferencing with Skype

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Perhaps this should be in a different taxonomy?

This is about videoconferencing, not GENESIS....

and we do not want to confuse the two.


...but GENESIS is videoconferencing?????????? Or have I missed something? --Kev-The-Hasty 17:24, 1 December 2008 (CET)

-GENESIS involves videconferencing, but it is not videoconferencing alone. It is a ministry which utilizes whatever tools that are appropriate to connect YWAMers, classrooms, etc. for the purpose of making God heard. Tofirius 06:47, 2 December 2008 (CET)

OK. I suggest we make a Video Conferencing category and put Genesis and Skype inside that, rather than Skype with Genesis. Although... if I can confuse it could not others????--Kev-The-Hasty 16:06, 2 December 2008 (CET)
Might i ask what other tools are being used? The pages here and on the Genesis website are pretty clear that "The vision of GENESIS is to multiply Biblical teaching... ...Using video conferencing technology GENESIS is linking people..." I think that my perception is based mostly on what I have read about GENESIS! --Kev-The-Hasty 16:34, 2 December 2008 (CET)
Ah, I understand what you are writing from are the words and views of those who read about things rather than experience them? (joking here!!!) You correctly say that the Genesis ministry has been mostly for schools, after all the acronym explained talks about 'students'. That is the heart and the 'word of the Lord' when the Genesis ministry was started. Other things happen, worship, leadership meetings etc, but the main thing has been and will probably be focussed on students.
You make sweeping statements when you say Skype is the videoconferencing solution oif choice for many YWAMers.... I know of many that have iChat as system of choice. Some of our international leaders meet regularly from PC using cheap (£40 on Ebay) Polycom PVX software that give H.323 compatibility. As for desktop solutions there are also "FOSS" H.323 multi platform solutions like xmeeting (ekiga) that can communicate to Genesis classrooms.

The basic problem today with desktop PC or Mac videoconference solutions is that they are not suited for 'many to many meetings'.
One to one, or one to many they can work well. As you say Kev, you NEED a good webcam and microphone!

You ask about whats other tools are used.... We have had GENESIS classrooms connecting with videoconference, skype audio, skype chat and msn )in the same meeting). I have also experimented with streaming video (and using secondary tools to get feedback response and questions)
Thanks for moving the categories somewhat bro! ----Mike 3 Dec 20.11 CET

Thanks Mike! I was writing somewhat provocatively about Skype being the v/c solution of choice. I certainly don't think it is the best and I DEARLY wish the GENESIS folks would flood the rest of YWAM with their wisdom. But I think it is really the popular solution at the moment. Certainly for one-to-one talks. The problem is that it is Proprietary, non-standard and who knows who can be listening in? (Encryption yes, but who knows who they have given key to?)
I really want to encourage a flood of knowledge in this area from GENESIS to the rest of us who in our ignorance will miss out! Keep up the good work! --Kev-The-Hasty 09:58, 4 December 2008 (CET)