We are in the communications age, and with geographical distances between people it plays an important role. Good software to communicate is essential for those living far from their families and loved ones and video chatting software like Skype deserve a big hug. But Tech2 is about providing choices, and there is a choice out there by Logitech, called the Logitech Vid software, made for video chatting with your webcam.
The webcam we have is a Logitech S5500, a deluxe model by them. Now for regular uploading and webchat a nominal speed of 256 kbps upload/download is required, but 512 kbps is good. We started video chatting, and found things very similar to other market software available. Before making your first call you can test your recording process, which is actually a breeze if you are backward integrated with a Logitech webcam itself, as all the settings are then automatically synced up, making a video call all set up at installation only. Thus we realize that this software is really meant and optimized for Logitech webcam users.
A good feature of the Vid software is that the resolution of the video is automatically reduced or increased if there are bandwidth issues, but the frame rate is more or less 30 fps. 30 fps is smooth video for the human eye, and I think it's smart to have stutter free video, albeit on a smaller size window, rather than data drop outs while web calling. The max res available is
All in all the software is very good. It’s got a great GUI and simple set up process. But then the issue is quite straight up, it works best with a Logitech webcam only, and it's not free for non Logitech customers. This way it limits itself. But those who own a Logitech webcam it is definitely recommended, it's free and nice.