How does the open-source Jitsi Meet stand up against Zoom or Google Meet? Let's take a closer look at Jitsi Meet vs Zoom and Google Meet.
2:22 – About Jitsi
2:53 – How to start a meeting 11:59 – Calendar integration
13:53 – Additional features
14:16 – How Jitsi makes money?
15:05 – Jitsi Demo 20:35 – Summary
The Difference Between Jitsi Meet vs Zoom and Google Meet
- Oh that's
- It's here you can see it.
- That's neat because it, Damon, is it yours?
- Your connection goes from one dot to, and then it flashes, and then it'll go five, that's
- but maybe that's the speakers. Steve can you say something?
- Yeah. Oh, that's
- Yeah, that's
- The way you're seeing there is the audio feed. If you go into, you can change your view. Damon, you could probably change your view too, I'm not too sure.
- You can change your view, you can go to speaker where it's gonna highlight who the current speaker kinda full screen or, and then everybody else is in the sidebar, and then you can bring up, so you can choose who you're looking at, Shiery, if you click on the little the four squares down in the bottom, right?
- You can then see a, you can then see us in grid mode, or you can switch it over to whatever they call speaker priority mode. I think is the,
- Oh, okay.
- You might be able to tell me Shiery, because I can go in and if I move my mouse over top of the top right. icons are the three dots, I can actually kick people out. You can send private messages here and you can also mute others. Do you have the control to do that as well. I see it, and they all look active.
- It looks like I'm,
- So they you look active. There might be a way in the settings to change that, I was just gonna jump in. It looks like Scott's trying to get in the meeting and I'm not, he was trying on his phone. So, I'm not, are you there, Scott?
- Oh, you hear me now.
- Oh, I can hear you now barely.
- Oh, great. I'm doing an experiment cause I'm outside. So, I'll be like the person that would be like in their car or?
- Well, Damon's doing that too. He's on a smartphone. So, what phone are you on, Scott?
- An iPhone.
- You're on an iPhone, but is your camera turned on? Your mic, oh, there you are. oh, we can see you.
- There's that head I know. Look at the size of that beard.
- It's just the wrong color. Why do I feel like I should be saying mazal tov?
- I like it. It doesn't take long to get used to the layout.
- And all of the features like down the bottom right-hand corner, that little three hamburger dots are there for your settings and everything. It's really easy to get around. Let me just do something really quickly. And let me go to grab a video, because one of the things that these guys do, which is almost like a webinar tool is they allow us to stream YouTube videos in. So,
- I'm just gonna grab, so rather than have to stream it from your desktop, which you typically have to do. So, I'm just gonna grab the last video that we released. You'll have to excuse me, cause I'm gonna use one of my videos and I'm gonna drop this in. I just wanna see how it looks when I start streaming it through. So, if you look in the, I'm not sure where you'll find it in the mobile app, but Sheryl in the bottom right in the in the options, it says Share a YouTube video. So, I'm dropping the view RL in for this video right now, and I'm gonna share it and let's see what happens just a little while ago. We released a video that compared Google's Meet with the Zoom product for video conferencing, and unsurprisingly Zoom came out on top. It is just right now, a better product. It has more features, it is, Okay.
- All right.
- Yeah, and I back, oh look, and it stays as a persistent element. So I could go back to it if I want to. So you could actually pause your video part way through and then maybe go back if you were showing something. That's pretty cool, now, how was the quality coming through to you guys?
- I don't actually see it on the mobile version.
- Okay, so what's happening? Did you see that on your mobile phone, Scott? You didn't. Okay, so the YouTube video only stream to the desktop, not to mobile. Oh, there's Heather she's coming in. She came in late.
- It takes a while. When Scott came in, it took a while for him to, for it to connect and the same thing with Heather.
- Yeah, Heather's connecting from two, oh there she is on her mobile. Hi Heather.
- You're back again. So Heather was on our,
- I'm back again.
- Heather was in our Google Meet, was it or a Zoom one?
- Oh, Zoom one.
- When we were looking at Zoom rooms, and Heather's dad used to watch the TV show all the time and he like, he didn't even know she was on it, and was like watching the show and all of a sudden, wait a minute, that's my daughter.
- I had to exit out to grant permission to the camera. So I don't know if that's a glitch on the iPhone app or not.
- If you're already in a meeting, it forces you to go out and give permission and then come back in.
- Okay, so you're on the iPhone as well.
- And it seemed, we saw you in the meeting a few minutes before we talked. So could you hear us before you could talk to us?
- Okay, so there's a little bit of a, so it's not quite as instant join as we see in Google Meet or in in Zoom.
- So that's something to know, I mean, to recognize that there's a slight difference there. That's good to know. Overall, Jitsu is a pretty darn solid product. I was really impressed with the video quality and the fact that you could monitor it as you're going, which brings us to a few of the Jitsi has. Room size because it's not a paid service, they don't limit you with the number of participants you can have in a room, but your technical ability, the technical setup that you have will limit the room size that you have kind of automatically. If you run out of bandwidth for streaming or you don't have the processing power, Jitsi will actually throttle back your meeting into an audio only product. And all of that documentation is available on their site. That's one of the beauties of open source, is you can look at all of the internal machinations. And if you are technically inclined, you can figure out a lot of these things for yourself. As it sits right now. I like Jitsi better than I like Google Meet. I think it's a really fine product. The quality of the video is excellent. I like the layout of the controls. I like how they think. I like how the different options are being presented to us. Now, there are some peculiarities and a few limitations, how slow people load into the room. That is a concern. The fact that we could stream video through YouTube, but it was only appearing on desktop, maybe that's something that we set up wrong, if it is, I'm sure that you will let us know in the comments. And I appreciate the support and letting me know what we said right in, what we've perhaps said wrong about Jitsi, but overall it doesn't replace Zoom, but it is a far better option, but it is far as I'm concerned than Google Meet. It feels more solid and it's a video conferencing app that I would look forward to jumping into a call with. Whereas I always, to be perfectly honest, have a little bit of trepidation when I'm jumping in with Google Meet. Sorry, but that's just the way it is. Now, I'm looking forward to your comments, suggestions. How are you using this tool? Is it one that you've embraced? Had you even heard of it before? And are you like me that you go, oh my gosh, what a terrific tool sitting there right under our nose that we knew nothing about. I read each and every comment, even if I do not have time to reply to all of them. So we appreciate the feedback. Now, if you've not yet subscribed to this channel, I have to ask you one question, what the heck are you waiting for? Please click on that Subscribe bell, ring the notification bell, make sure that you hear about all of our new videos that we record regularly here on Dotto Tech. And until the next time I am Steve Dotto. Have fun storm on a castle.
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