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Re: [Ekiga-list] Trouble getting cross-plattform video to work

Subject: Re: [Ekiga-list] Trouble getting cross-plattform video to work
From: Torsten Crass
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2008 00:14:31 +0100
Yannick,

Le mardi 23 dÃcembre 2008 Ã 23:26 +0100, Torsten Crass a Ãcrit :
wow, *that* I call a quick response... :-)

From time to time I chat with a friend using vista. I'm using ekiga
3.0.0 and he is using
In Debian, it's the 3.0.1 version already. Shouldn't make a big
difference, should it?
http://snapshots.ekiga.net/snapshots/win32/archives/ekiga-setup-3.0.2beta-7316.exe
The Windows version I've installed is called 3.0.2beta-7316d.

On both side we are directly connected to internet using an ADSL line.
We've got ADSL (WAN IP via DynDNS, DHCP on the LAN side), too, and the
router says that we have an uplink speed of 400something kBit/s. In my
test setup, however, both clients are sitting behind the same router. I
don't know exactly which route the streams will take in a sip-initiated
video chat, but even if both clients' streams are routed out of the LAN
(to where?) and back again, there should be sufficient bandwidth at,
say, a per-client video bitrate of 64 kBit/s max, right?
(Anyway, I suppose tomorrow I will try to connect to our home network
from some other people's place, perhaps that will work better.)
Alas, even between two Linux machines it frequently happens that onyl
one client recieve's the other's remote video. (It's a pitty Ekiga isn't
too talkative about things having gone wrong... Well, it *does*
apparently provide some information about the current connection in its
status line, but so far I couldn't find any explanation of what
"A:8.0/0.0, V:8.3/0.0" actually stands for...)
We usually use speex and theora at 320x200.
Ok, sound's familiar. My webcams (two Logitech QuickCam E3500 Plus)
offer resolution like 176x144 and 320x240, both of which I tried out.
Some time we have to switch
the one calling to get the connection but i'm using quite a quite old
What exactly do you mean by "switch" -- is it like hanging up and
re-connecting? For me, this occasionally did help, but by far not always...
3.0.0 ... Our main issue is some echo with sound, but i still need to
verify my sound setup (and ALSA just p... me off!).
Yeah, it's a pitty many aspects of multimedia still kinda suck under
Linux... Just ordered an old used Soundblaster boards since neither my
current (well, actually not so current anymore...) Yamaha sound card,
nor any other current wavetable card seem to be supported.
We usually chat for
hours without trouble.
*sigh* Lucky you!

Anyway, definitely bed time now. There will be a whole lot of very pleasant, but also somewhat exhausting familiy business to be dealt with tomorrow...
Thanks a lot for your reply (further hints still wellcome), best regards
and (huh, 00:14 already!) merry Christmas --
        Torsten
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