I am new to Adobe products and I seem to be getting lost when trying to decide what the right development tool is for my need. I need to build a live video chat application for my employer. From what I gathered so far, LiveCycle Collaboration Service (LCCS) is the right service to use. But, here are my questions/confusions -
What kind of development tool/suite, if any, do I need to be able to use LCCS?
LCCS use seems to be subscription based. The ideal solution for us is to own something and not have to pay per use. Besides LCCS, is there any other product or service that is capable of creating online video chat application?
I will appreciate any other details you can give me regarding video chat. Thanks.
LCCS is a hosted service only solution, so if you want an on-premise solution it will not work for you. In any case it comes with a Flex SDK library with some prebuilt component (chat, webcam, roster, etc.) that allow you to quickly prototype an application or you can use the lower level "messaging" services and build your component on top.
If you want an on-premise solution you'll have to look at hosting your own Flash Media Server (FMS) and build your application from scratch. There are a lot of samples both from Adobe and our developer community for video chats, but you'll probably need to build your own scaffolding (authentication, room creations, etc.)
For more info you can post your questions on the FMS forum.