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Video mail is a messaging system where a webcam is used to record a video message which can be sent as an email. Some video mail services require a download Client (computing) to work for the sender, while others offer a web-based option that allows the sender to send a video mail without a downloaded client.
Video email is much like text messaging except that the sender can include a video. A video messaging system provides access to the recorded message through one of its designated service providers. The user then can retrieve the message through the same service provider, and access this message from anywhere in the world. The sender records a message using their webcam or other technology, and sends to the receiver who can then access and respond to the message. Messages can range from personal to business related, and can also be sent to either one or many receivers. Depending on video message service provider, an account may or may not be required to send and receive messages.
Sending video email requires two fundamental steps:
- creating a video file
- attaching that video file to an email.
In order to create a video file the user will require a camera and microphone as a minimum, with recording software as a possible extra. Most new computers come pre-installed with all requirements, many computers are video mail ready.
Video email allows people with physical disabilities to communicate more easily. This can include amputees, who otherwise would have problems communicating and typing. For those that have difficulty reading and typing, video email is another use of communication that might be more accessible.
Many dating sites are using the technology of video email as a prominent feature for their users. Makes meeting people on-line safer, where the first meeting between users doesn’t actually have to be in person. Each person can include as much information as they would like in their preliminary video email, allowing a more accurate depiction of them and their personality.
Sending video email allows for the recipient to have an easier time understanding the sender. Although they cannot respond in real time, in most cases they are able to send another video email back in response.
Video email eliminates the need for typing and composition, which may be difficult for some people. It eliminates the requirement of proofreading, and concerns about how a text email may be interpreted. People can use tone of voice and physical expressions to help a message come across more clearly.
As technology continues to advance, it has gotten easier to get started with video email. Most programs do not require a download, and many of the services are still free to the public. All that is usually needed is an email account, a registration process and a webcam to record outgoing videos.
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- Video mail length may be restricted from between 30 seconds to 10 minutes.
- Video mail may not allow for additional attachments to a message.
- Some services may charge additional fees for video mail.
- Some services may restrict video mail to a specific operating system.
- Video recording and playback quality are affected by Bandwidth (computing)
- Linux may not be supported by some services.
- Controls the rate at which the viewer receives information.
Examples of video email services
1. Vide.me video email - http://vide.me/
- It is a free video service for delivering video messages
- Record and send video messages can be on the desktop and mobile devices
- Duration of the video message can not exceed 2 minutes
- To send and view video messages you do not need a registration and signin
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