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With Skype what did it says your connection quality was?
How many people were you skyping with, there's a chance a large group might degrade skypes quality.

Also maybe you could try Facebook chat?
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I really don't care if google or microsoft are watching me so that is of absolutely no concern to me.

ekiga looks cool but does not support HD video.

Define HD for me please?

To me, that's 720p+. According to their website,
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It supports HD sound quality and video up to DVD size and quality.

AFAIK, DVD can support 1080p. Unless you are looking for some obscene resolution, this may be the best you can get.

Alternatively, you could take a bunch of hi-res pictures and transfer them tongue.gif
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Define HD for me please?

To me, that's 720p+. According to their website,
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It supports HD sound quality and video up to DVD size and quality.
AFAIK, DVD can support 1080p. Unless you are looking for some obscene resolution, this may be the best you can get.

Alternatively, you could take a bunch of hi-res pictures and transfer them tongue.gif

    Did you notice how they went out of their way to say "HD audio, DVD video" instead of "HD audio and video" ?  By definition, "DVD quality" is 480i30 or 576i25; it does not support anything higher (it does support a few lower resolutions).  If Ekiga Softphone supported HD quality, they would (should) say so in plain English.

    Now, you can put BluRay material (MT2S files with H.264 video) on a DVD, and it will play in most BluRay players, but it won't play in any DVD player.  This is not DVD quality however, it is simply BluRay/AVCHD/HD material stored on a smaller media, namely, a DVD disc.  Also, of course, you could put an MKV (or AVI, or any other format) file on the DVD at any video resolution, but most likely nothing will be able to play it except your computer.

    The reason HD video support is not widely available is due to realtime CPU encoding performance.  Also, when setting a codec (e.g. H.264) to a faster encode speed, it produces a file with a higher bitrate, which can consume more Internet bandwidth than is available.
 
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    Did you notice how they went out of their way to say "HD audio, DVD video" instead of "HD audio and video" ?  By definition, "DVD quality" is 480i30 or 576i25; it does not support anything higher (it does support a few lower resolutions).  If Ekiga Softphone supported HD quality, they would (should) say so in plain English.

    Now, you can put BluRay material (MT2S files with H.264 video) on a DVD, and it will play in most BluRay players, but it won't play in any DVD player.  This is not DVD quality however, it is simply BluRay/AVCHD/HD material stored on a smaller media, namely, a DVD disc.  Also, of course, you could put an MKV (or AVI, or any other format) file on the DVD at any video resolution, but most likely nothing will be able to play it except your computer.

    The reason HD video support is not widely available is due to realtime CPU encoding performance.  Also, when setting a codec (e.g. H.264) to a faster encode speed, it produces a file with a higher bitrate, which can consume more Internet bandwidth than is available.
 

I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure my Casablanca remastered is higher than 480i30 or 576i25. I'm almost certain it's 720p or higher.

But you seem to know more than I do thumb.gif
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With Skype what did it says your connection quality was?
How many people were you skyping with, there's a chance a large group might degrade skypes quality.

Also maybe you could try Facebook chat?

Our connections both show as good. I don't think the connections or the PC's we are using are the issue. It's only person to person. No group chats.

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Define HD for me please?

To me, that's 720p+. According to their website,
AFAIK, DVD can support 1080p. Unless you are looking for some obscene resolution, this may be the best you can get.

Alternatively, you could take a bunch of hi-res pictures and transfer them tongue.gif

HD for me would be 720p or better. I would prefer 1080p if possible. As said earlier when they say DVD quality resolutions I don't think they are talking 720p. I am pretty sure that is 480i.
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Yes, HD is 720p and above [1080p is Full HD], so i will not trust those products webcams or software saying DVD quality, for me now that DVD quality is of the past and i can't believe i was happy with it before, and the big problem now is, even 720p became like standard for me, i only watch 1080p and BluRay quality videos, but with webcam, 720p will be more than enough.
   
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