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VideoSeminarLive.com offers a basic webinar service with a variety of price packages to suit most budgets. At the cheaper end of the scale you can have up to 15 seats using Video Conferencing Lite. This basic package allows you to integrate PayPal and create up to 50 hours of recording, so it’s an ideal package for individuals or very small businesses who want the option of performing small scale webinars but don’t have a regular need for them. If you’ve a much larger budget then the Webinar Pro service offers up to 100 seats of unlimited use and 50 hours of recording with webcast interfaces, which should be enough to cover most needs.
The variety of presentation tools available is somewhat lacking with Video Seminar Live, although there are optional upgrades if you have the money. Some of these are free in the Webinar packages, but it’s worth making sure which ones you’d receive before paying out. A number of advanced features are useful but not particularly unique, including video streaming, meeting invitations and the ability to share a variety of documents.
A potential benefit of the system is that it is 100% browser-based. This means that all of its features are available using your browser and that no member of the webinar will be required to download complicated or system-resource-sapping programs. However, Java needs to be enabled for all of the features to work effectively, and some of the features require small downloads (such as the “share screen” function”).
There have been reports that some elements of this webinar service are a little tricky to get right. In particular switching between tabs or passing control between different members of the webinar can cause some problems. The audience feedback (or poll) feature is an interesting addition but can become confusing if you have a lot of people in an audience because it becomes difficult to locate precisely who might have raised an issue.
Perhaps a bigger worry might be the lack of encryption technology used, particularly when it comes to people using Paypal to pay for goods or services offered over the webinar. Customer support is adequate but not great; there are a few helpful videos on the site but a lack of live chat and an inadequate online help section makes it difficult to recommend.
All in all, Video Seminar Live offers an average service with a couple of nice additional features. However, there are plenty of better services on offer at a similar price, so unless you have a specific reason to use this site over others then we’d recommend checking some of our other reviews before making a purchase.
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