Need help: video + screencast + chat

To talk about Ubuntu development and what’s going on, I used ustream.tv and was actually quite happy with how it worked without any kind of configuration or meddling. Still it’s not really ideal as it’s hard to show your desktop or a command line to properly how Ubuntu development works.

What I like about it:

  • no configuration
  • social aspect of it and seeing somebody’s face
  • followers will be informed of upcoming videocasts
  • functionality to record and store video sessions
  • chat window available

What I’m missing is:

  • chat logs are not available afterwards
  • not possible to share your desktop to show examples of Ubuntu development

Does anybody have an idea how we could solve this problem?

  • Leszek Lesner

    I think you could use ustream.tv with webcamstudio which should allow you to switch to your desktop. 
    Webcamstudio will create a virtual webcam device that you need to enable in ustream. Thats all basically. The GUI of webcamstudio is mostly self explaining.

  • It has been a while since I participated in a ustream videocast. However, if I remember correctly, the chat that they included was simply a web-based IRC client, and you could use a traditional IRC client to join and interact with it. Most traditional IRC clients include logging features, so this might solve the “chat logs are not available afterwards” issue.

  • Gocomodogogo

    Hello you can use veetle.com. It provides support for Linux through a plugin and also has a chat system but I am not sure it maintains logs or not. If you do not want to use veetle plugin, you can configure vlc to stream live as it supports vlc too. The documentation and support is good here is the link http://www.veetle.com/index.php/article VlC can also capture entire desktop and stream it live but I am not sure how to make it work with veetle.