Homer is a software application which was designed specifically in order to help you chat with friends and family, and comes bundled with support for broadcasting web camera feed, audio input and even a specified are from your screen.
The installation process is smooth and it is over in just a few seconds, while the UI you come face to face with boasts a modern and minimal design. It encompasses a menu bar, several shortcut buttons and panels, so that you can easily access all the available options. All user categories can handle it, without facing any type of problem.
This program enables you to add an unlimited amount of contacts, by manually inputting their name, address and port, or by loading them from an XML file (export is also possible in an XML format). Aside from that, you can easily share your music, movies and pictures with others, by uploading items from your hard drive, with support for a wide range of formats, including ASF, AVI, FLV, JPG, MKV, MP3, MPEG, M2TS, M3U, OGG, PNG, PLS, M4V, MOV, RM, SWF, VOB, WAV, BMP and WMV.
It is also possible to add an URL and share it with buddies, have a video chat or show display a specified area of your screen. The latter can be useful, for example, when trying to explain to somebody how to do something on their computer.
Comprehensive Help contents are provided online, and the utility’s usage of CPU and memory is moderate. This means you can run it alongside others, as long as they are not very demanding.
All in all, Homer proves to be an efficient piece of software for chatting with people, with a good response time and plenty of options to keep you busy for quite a while.
Homer was designed as an easy-to-use, multi platform video conferencing application.
The software supports an unlimited amount of simultaneous live video / audio chats. Movies and audio files can be presented during any chat session.
With the help of this program it is also possible to remotely observe a desktop screen. No server infrastructure is needed. The software supports low quality voice and picture transmission, as well as bandwidth consuming high quality transmissions.
- Runs under Linux/32Bit, Linux/64Bit, Windows/32Bit and Windows/64Bit (as 32 bit application)
- Free Qt-based GUI with user-friendly dialogues
- Supports free voice/video/text chat with other users
- Compatible to SIP-based phones/stations/software
- Supports playlists for video/audio/movie playback/streaming
- Works without the need for a central SIP server (download and use out-of-the-box)
- Locally stored contact database in XML format
- Delivers feedback if a contact is available
- Supports drag+drop of files to transfer them
- Supports drag+drop of text blocks to send them as instant message
- Support for IPv4 and IPv6
- Configurable stream relay via UDP, TCP or UDPlite transport
- Flexible port assignment for NAT environment
- Decentralized session management and stream transmission
- Support for multiple simultaneously activated network (up)links
- Codecs: MP3, G.711 a-law, G.711 µ-law, PCM16 and AMR
- Capture local audio via ALSA, OSS or Windows multimedia system
- Output via SDL:
- Adjustable quality settings
- Broadcast of local audio files: supported formats are AVI, MKA, MKV, MP3, WAV
- Codecs: H.261, H.263, H.263+, H.264, MJPEG (without RTP) and MPEG4
- Capture local video via V4L2 (including tv/capture cards with multiple input signals) or Microsoft VFW
- Support up to 10 capture devices per host
- Output via Qt with seamless zooming and full-screen support
- Adjustable quality and resolution settings
- Broadcast of screenshots from a screen segment
- Broadcast of local video files: supported formats are AVI, ASF, DV, MKV, MOV, MPEG, MP4, MP4A, SWF and WMV
- Resolution: configurable from 128*96 pixels to 1408*1152 pixels, depending on type of the video source
- Record video stream to disc in file formats like AVI, ASF, DV, MOV, SWF and WMV
- Snapshots in formats like BMP, JPG, PGM, PNG, PPM, XBM and XPM