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 app to install, no account required, invites, etc.
  • 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 is the low friction video conferencing solution that just works – go to https://meet.jit.si and try it now.

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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So this is the typical Zoom experience these days:

Not sure why I find this so annoying – perhaps it’s the one size fits all mentality. In business, we don’t need to worry about zoom bombing – if a meeting gets bombed, we just start another one, so not sure why pass codes and holding pens are forced. This is the classic problem – when you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing nobody. Forcing the security on all users just adds friction for people who don’t need it.

I continue to be very pleased with Jitsi for conferencing.

Lately I have run into a number of cases where I create a Google Cal invite, and it automatically created an Google Meet conf event. This confuses participants when there is both a Google Meet and Jitsi conf specified in the meeting. Looking through the Google Cal settings, it appears there is a setting to enable this, so hopefully this situation will improve once this is unchecked.

Just learned today that if you click on the video button while sharing your screen, Jitsi will embed a small camera image in your screen share. This is not the default so you have to click the video button after you share your screen.

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