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ooVoo

CNET Editors' review

ooVoo is an iChat-like video conferencing and chat tool for Windows, loaded with useful, powerful tools that make it a viable alternative for small work groups using conference calls and screen-sharing applications.

A recording feature lets users tape video chats with other participants. Since the video and audio are being recorded to the hard drive, the only time limit is how much free space the computer's hard drive has. In testing, a nearly 15-minute, four-way video conversation only took up 95MB, which ooVoo can convert into a workable FLV file.

A conference calling tool gives host and participants a phone number to call. Other ooVoo users who call this conference line get plugged right into the audio that's a part of the video chat, and just like the video recordings, this audio gets archived too. Call-in lines support up to six people, meaning users can have up to a dozen participants--including those on the video side. Note that this service isn't free. An optional companion for ooVoo's video player can be used for screen sharing or file sharing, and fun facial overlay tool that applies digital masks either to users faces or to backgrounds. High-quality video streams are also supported.

Two qualms with the service are the audio quality, which sounded a little too compressed, and delays in the datastream of about a second or more. Besides being annoying, it can really force a heated debate to grind to a halt. Overall, ooVoo makes for a strong alternative to other VoIP and conferencing software.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.2 stars

    out of 94 votes

    • 5 star: 29
    • 4 star: 19
    • 3 star: 15
    • 2 star: 8
    • 1 star: 23
  • Current version:

    3.3 stars

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Seems OK, haven't had a chance to use it"

    January 23, 2009  |   By caldwdo

    Version: ooVoo 1.7.1.35

    Pros

    Always interested in on-line video collaboration web applications. Seems similar to what Skype offers with some improvements. Need to use it.

    Cons

    Download of the funny web cam images blocked my web cam in my HP notebook. I had to uninstall the web cam images to regain use of my web cam for other applications.

    Summary

    wait and see

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  • 3.0 stars

    "picture quality excellent but sound quality isnt."

    January 16, 2009  |   By rubymills

    Version: ooVoo 1.7.1.35

    Pros

    i love the picture uality and the fact that u can record things and do a lot of others things with it.

    Cons

    i do not like the sound quality. Its not very clear as the other ones ive used in the past.

    Summary

    I like it cos the picture quality and other tools are so interesting but i would love it more if the sound quality is improved and also if the various user buttons are explained to help users know what they are ment for

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Reliable, more than adequate features"

    November 30, 2008  |   By ditzydeezy

    Version: ooVoo 1.7.1.35

    Pros

    Interface / design looks awesome (wish they made MSN this way), easy to use, sharp, reliable, doesn't crash...EVERYTHING

    Cons

    Nothing so far.

    Summary

    I frequently use video chat on MSN, often long calls lasting about 1.5 hours or more. MSN always screws up and my video chat hangs multiple times throughout one call. It was really frustrating and I tried using Google Talk too, but my friend had some problems setting up even despite installation.

    Tried ooVoo which looks so nice I wouldn't skin it. Plus I love the feature of being able to record video calls.. They also have mac like functions where you can distort the video messages which is really cool.

    But what is most important for me is realiability..i.e. not crashing halfway since the video calls I make are from Singapore to somewhere in the US...that's probably why MSN keeps dropping the connection.. But so far I've used it to make a call of 1.5 hours without any glitch whatsoever.

    IT'S GREAT! It's not an alternative to Skype, it's a replacement!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "too mixed concept of voip."

    November 16, 2008  |  

    Version: ooVoo 1.7.1.35

    Pros

    better software are availble for free now a days

    Cons

    ...................................

    Summary

    looks ok, but does not work properly. id rather use trillion or some other software.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "could be the best of all IMs..."

    November 9, 2008  |   By Ojey

    Version: ooVoo 1.7.1.35

    Pros

    the best UI of all IMs

    Cons

    problem is you cannot reply unless theyre online, so you gotta ask your friends not to go on invisible mode or something. fix this problem, and ill be usin it :)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Video Conference Solution"

    November 8, 2008  |   By muarrif

    Version: ooVoo 1.7.1.35

    Pros

    Large Screen Video Displays for all Attendants
    Fast connection and fine picture quality
    Easy Installation and compatible with Windows Vista

    Cons

    No Cons as yet

    Summary

    I installed this solution to enable me to get large screen participation for all attendants.
    I have family overseas so its a perfect solution especially when have a conference with more than one members.

    Updated on Nov 8, 2008

    I installed this solution to enable me to get large screen participation for all attendants.
    I have family overseas so its a perfect solution especially when have a conference with more than one members.

    I am in UK and it works perfectly fine for me.
    I have some family in Pakistan and Canada and they are happy with this app too.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "An excellent free product that DOES work in the UK"

    November 2, 2008  |   By keithhodgson

    Version: ooVoo 1.7.1.35

    Pros

    This is a very good free tool for teleconferencing. You can conference with up to 3 people at a time. There is a paid for service but this free version gives me all I want.

    Cons

    If I have to critisise the only issues are the delay from you speaking to the person on the other end responding of 1-2 seconds, and there is occassionally a noise on the line - but hey, it's free!

    Summary

    My review is for the free version and not the paid for version. Contrary to charlie.007's submission it does work in the UK.
    Oovoo worked far better than I expected. After registering and installation you're away. I use it to talk to my daughter at University. My 80 year old father and mother (both serious "PCphobes") use it also to talk to my daughter as well. If they can use it, anyone can!
    You have to be careful that everyone is using headphones or you get feedback. You can hear your own voice back if the person on the other end isn't using headphones. If neither of you are using headphones you can get a feedback loop. The voice back is just the other persons microphone picking up what you say and sending it to you with the conversation. That and the occassional noise are the only down sides I've come across to date, but the help/FAQ does include this as a known issue and tells you how to resolve it.
    You can protect yourself by chosing only to talk with people you know so some creep can't dial into you or your conversation. But like a phone, you have the choice of whether or not to answer.
    If you're after a freebie personal video conferencing service give it a try, you can always delete it. I think the paid for version is $10 per month and gives you more simultaneous users and other features. This may not be available outside the US - but I don't know.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Restricted Usability"

    August 6, 2008  |   By charlie.007

    Version: ooVoo 1.7.1.35

    Cons

    What they neglect to say is that this app only works in the US & Canada.

    Not much use if you reside in the UK like I do.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "better than yahoo"

    August 3, 2008  |   By Donasif

    Version: ooVoo 1.7.1.35

    Pros

    best in graphical design and very flexible in low speed internet.video conversation can be recorded.

    Next genaration conferencing soft.

    Cons

    suggestion for low requirement Pc's like P-3,or 256 mb of ram or 64 graphix users,:Pls dnt use it,because it may result heavy for your Pc.

    But p4(512mb ram,128 Agp)users are most welcome.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Not perfect, but getting really close to it."

    August 3, 2008  |  

    Version: ooVoo 1.7.1.35

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