- From: John Hawley <johnhawley blueyonder co uk>
- To: ekiga-list gnome org
- Subject: [Ekiga-list] configuration
- Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2008 10:09:40 +0000
I have joined this mailing list primarily to try and improve
communication options for my profoundly deaf partner. Recent innovations
in VoIP have offered potential for allowing the deaf to communicate
freely with each other via the medium of web cam + lip-reading skills.
Unfortunately, most of the VoIP applications have other priorities for
web cam resolution and in a limited bandwidth scenario, the necessary
frame rate for adequate lip-reading often suffers at the expense of
overall picture quality. Ekiga would at least appear to give the user
some control over these. Below is a post I sent to the Ubuntu forums
(who re-directed me here) which I believe explains the gist of the problem.
I have sucessfully installed Ekiga on one or two occasions on a number
of machines running both windows xp and Gutsy Gibbon However, I've
never managed to get a satisfactory video link operating and this is
crucial because the setup is intended to work for my partner, who is
profoundly deaf, to talk to her father who is in his late eighties and
Thus what I require is for somehow to configure the available upload
bandwidth from her father's machine to give best possible video (best
in terms of frame rate to enable lip-reading) No bandwidth is required
for sound as it's of no value for the deaf!
While at the other end, we require high quality sound ( because the
deaf articulate so poorly) and a "good" quality picture so that the
father can view full-screen but not necessarily a high frame rate.
Matters are complicated by the fact that although the video camera at
one end (the father's) it supported by Linux, the embedded camera in
my partner's laptop is not. According to the internal documentation in
Ekiga, I should be able to configure how the available bandwidth (8meg
down and a measly 250K up) at both ends is utilised.
The alternative is to continue to use Skype which on occasions is fine
but lately seems to favour high quality video at lower frame rate
rendering lip-reading extremely difficult.
I've tried using the internal configurations but to date I've had no
success Does anybody please know how I can force such a configuration
on the system? (I've searched both this site and the Ekiga one with no
success) Hopefully someone *Knows* how to do it.
Any suggestions would be warmly welcomed.
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