Jitsi for video conferencing

I’ve been using Jitsi more and more for video conferencing. Some things that stand out:

  • low friction – all it takes is a URL to start a meeting – no accounts, invites.
  • business meetings don’t have the same concerns as school rooms. I don’t need passwords, holding pens, etc. If someone Jitsi-bombs my meeting, we’ll simply start another one with a new URL.
  • no waiting on the late host to start the meeting – the meeting starts when the first person arrives.
  • 1-to-1 meetings are peer-to-peer, which is efficient and saves server resources
  • multiple people can share their screens at the same time – simply click o the screen you want to view
  • leverages modern technology (WebRTC). A modern browser has everything you need to do web conferencing – why should I install specialized apps.
  • seems to be fairly efficient and reliable. Audio always seems to come through, even on slow connections. We’ve been recording all our recent podcasts using Jitsi. They are not perfect, but good enough.

When asked about security, this article came up:

This page explains well the essence of Jitsi – how it is different. Jitsi does not cover everyone’s needs, but for technical people collaborating on technical problems in small groups, it seems to work nicely.

Jitsi UI recently was updated and is a now a little simpler/easier to use.

Also the background blurring seems to work a little better:

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