Video conferencing tools

herrramientas para videoconferencia

In the previous post, we have talked about the Importance of having a good videoconferencing system to hold meetings between members of your team. Today we will focus on the different video conferencing tools.

Now, to make a reminder about video conferencing systems, we will see their main pros and cons when purchasing and using them:

  Advantages of a video conferencing tool:

  • You reduce your transport costs
  • Time will play in your favor, since the time dedicated to the person/meeting will only be the duration of the videoconference.
  • You will be able to focus your attention on the main topics of the videoconference and avoid distractions.
  • You will have the opportunity to invite more people who contribute something valuable to the conversation, before and during the current call.

  Disadvantages of a videoconferencing tool:

  • You will have to carry out small informative sessions to be able to master the tool.
  • Having everything in the cloud, we depend on having a good internet connection.
  • At first it will be a high cost, but over time you will realize that it is a good investment for the future.


1. What tools are used for video conferencing?

The video conferencing tools The most common ones that we find on the market today are two large ones such as Google and Microsoft. Although in recent times, other companies such as discord (focused on the gaming sector), Skype or Zoom, have stomped on offering good quality of this type of video conferencing tools

In the case of Google, it offers one of the videoconferencing systems most used by companies, Google Meet Hardware, which includes a very complete, simple, intuitive and safe. Being connected to Google Cloud, simply by having a good internet connection and a mobile or desktop device, it allows you to meet from wherever you are, without any interruption. In addition, it offers unlimited number of meetings, screen sharing option, Y live file and document editing, which facilitates the collaboration with members of your team.


2. What is the best tool for video conferencing?

There are certain fundamental aspects to take into account when choosing which video conferencing tools you will work Depending on the use you will give it, the size of the space where you will meet with your team members, and/or the number of people who will meet.

At the same time, price, security, audio and video quality, features that allow screen or document sharing, and ease of use will be key to choosing. the best tools for video conferencing.

From uCloud, we highlight Google Meet Hardware that offers all these characteristics in a very even way, and stands out at the level of user experience, security, aesthetics and ease of use. In addition, it adapts perfectly to all the functionalities that Google offers with its Workspace package, and works in the cloud, allowing documents to be shared with people outside the company, with total security and avoiding leaks.  


3. What is the name of Google's video conferencing tool?

Hangouts Meet is Google's video conferencing system and is made up of the app Hangout Meets and Videoconferencing Hardware. This video conferencing tool includes:

Chromebox: a small computer with a lot of power that can be connected to any type of monitor becoming a device to transmit the meetings.

Speakers: microphone that connects to video calls very easily, avoids ambient noise and adapts to any type of room and number of people. 

Camera: Google includes high-definition cameras, with a design and field of vision that adapts to the type and size of the room, be it small, medium or large. 

Control: allows you to connect the meeting very easily, wirelessly. To control the image, sound, and all the videoconference tools. 

These applications are totally linked to the others google apps, for example Calendar. In this way, if we have a meeting, we click on the meeting and the videoconference room will open where all the team members will enter the day and time preferred by all. or even from gmail, we can share the url during the call inviting more users.


4. What are the 5 most used video conferencing tools and their main features?

Next we are going to name the Top 5 tools, most used and best valued:

4.1. google meet

Google Meet is a video conferencing platform developed by Google, which allows users to participate in real-time online meetings with other people in different locations. It can be used by individuals and companies for virtual meetings, online classes, presentations, among other things.

It is very intuitive, safe and without interruptions since it works from google cloud, and in addition, it offers features such as screen sharing, meeting recording and attendance control.

Advantages of Google Meet:

  • Google Meet is intuitive and easy to use, making it accessible to people of all ages and technical abilities.
  • Google Workspace Integration: Meet seamlessly integrates with other Google products like Gmail and Calendar, making it easy to schedule and attend meetings.
  • Meet is an online app, which means it can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection.
  • Google Meet offers high-quality video, clear audio, and screen sharing options, making it suitable for professional and personal meetings.

Disadvantages of Google Meet:

  • For a successful video conferencing experience, a high-speed Internet connection is required, which can be a problem in areas with limited connections.
  • Free meetings on Google Meet have a time limit of 60 minutes, which may be insufficient for some longer meetings.

4.2. Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is an online communication and collaboration platform developed by Microsoft. It offers a wide variety of tools and features, including real-time chat, video conferencing, file and app sharing, and integration with other Microsoft services like Outlook and OneDrive. This tool is designed to be used by teams and organizations to collaborate and communicate effectively and is a popular alternative to other similar platforms.

Advantages of Microsoft Teams:

  • Teams integrates with other Microsoft products like Outlook, OneDrive, and SharePoint, making it easy to collaborate and manage projects.
  • It allows users to have real-time conversations through chat and video conferencing, which improves the efficiency and speed of communication.
  • With this platform, users can share and edit files in real time with other team members.
  • Teams is accessible from any device with an internet connection, allowing users to work from anywhere.

Disadvantages of Microsoft Teams:

  • Teams can be a bit complicated to use for some users, especially those who are not familiar with other Microsoft products.
  • To use Microsoft Teams, users must have an active Office 365 subscription, which may be an additional expense for some users.
  • Some users have reported concerns about the privacy and security of their data when using Teams.
  • There are limitations on the number of users who can participate in a video conference in Teams, which can be an issue for larger teams.

4.3. skype


The first thing you should do is search your contact list for the person you want to call. Select and then choose between the “Audio” or “Video” buttons. To make a group call you just have to add all the participants you require.

Note: There is no ringtone on group calls with more than 25 participants. The group will receive a call start notification and can select the “Join Call” option the moment they are ready.

Advantages of Skype:

  • You can make video calls in HD quality.
  • The limit of people in a video call is up to 100 members, it has the option to activate subtitles to read what is said during a video conference.
  • Allows call recording.
  • It has the option of screen sharing.

Disadvantages of Skype:

  • To make calls to landlines you have to pay an extra fee.  
  • Voice mail is not free.
  • It is a somewhat heavy application for computers and can consume a large amount of RAM.
  • In its mobile version, it can present problems in the audio or video quality when making a videoconference.

4.4. Zoom


You can create meetings with video off, with video on and others where you share only your screen. It gives you the option of a free trial when you start your registration, after which you will have the option to schedule the video conference: add the meeting topic and you will get a URL to share. On the other hand, andn the "Invite others" button you can add more participants.

A novelty that involves this platform and Google Meet is the recent interoperability between both tools for video conferences. It is now possible to join Google meetings on Zoom and vice versa.

Advantages of Zoom Meeting:

  • You have the possibility of including up to 1000 participants per session in the most complete plans.
  • You can configure different levels of visibility, since there is the option to do sessions where you only share your screen.
  • You have training videos for your team and technical support.

Disadvantages of Zoom Meeting:

  • Although it is quite intuitive to use, some of the participants may need a complete introduction to the system.
  • The quality of the audio and video vary greatly depending on the connection of each participant.
  • "Zoom bombing": this phenomenon consists of the appearance of people not invited to a private meeting. To avoid this, you can create a password or waiting room for your meeting.

4.5. jitsi

open your video conferencing home site, where you only have to enter a topic for your conversation. You can integrate your calendar, plus you have a window to access your history.

Once you accept the use of the camera and microphone, add the contact emails of the participants. They will enter the indicated window just by clicking on the corresponding link.

You can also enter from its application for your smartphone Android either iphone.

Advantages of Jitsi:

  • It gives you the option to share your calendar.
  • It has simultaneous screen view for you to display your presentations.
  • It has a side chat with which you can quickly exchange messages.

Disadvantages of Jitsi:

  • Jitsi has come a long way in optimizing its interface; however, it is less attractive than other programs.
  • Some users report some failures in the chat when accessing through the application.

5. What is better Teams or Google Meet?

Product google-meet Microsoft Teams
Price 5.50? per month (There is a free version) 4.20? a month
Assessment 4.5 / 5 (11,246 ratings) 4.5 / 5 (8,920 ratings)
Ideal for Perfect application at the company level and for private use. Easy, simple, safe and intuitive. Fully adapted to mobile, tablet and computer It is intended to help teams with managing chats, meetings, file sharing, group discussions
  • Two-way audio and video
  • chat in real time
  • Private chat
  • Third Party Integrations
  • User profiles
  • Presentation streaming
  • shared screen
  • videoconference
  • Two-way audio and video
  • chat in real time
  • Private chat
  • Third Party Integrations
  • User profiles
  • Presentation streaming
  • shared screen
  • videoconference
Implementation cloud based cloud based
  • Email/Help desk
  • Frequent questions
  • knowledge base
  • 24/7 assistance
  • chat
  • Email/Help desk
  • Frequent questions
  • knowledge base
  • 24/7 assistance
  • chat


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