IP Based Video Conferencing
While video conferencing itself has been around for quite a while, recent video conferencing technologies are more capable of producing higher quality video than ever before and are often part of a call center software solution. For smaller groups, web conferencing may be enough. But video conferencing is better for larger groups, board meetings, and other gatherings that require everyone has a seat at the table and can be seen.
IP address video conferencing enables video meetings that are almost just as good as meeting in-person.
What Is IP Based Video Conferencing?
Video conferencing with an IP address is more involved, uses more data, and is typically more expensive than a simple web conference. Many web conferencing solutions are very inexpensive or even free. Thanks to decent webcams and basic audio equipment like built-in microphones, web conferences are becoming better, but they're still significantly different from video conferencing technology. Video conferencing requires a more extensive investment for most companies and is much more than just adding a webcam to an office computer.
Typically, IP based video conferencing requires the following:
- Dedicated space: Getting the environment right for a video conference may require having an entire room set aside for the purpose, especially with larger groups.
- Lighting: Since everything will be televised during meetings, having the right lighting can make a big difference. Light should be correctly distributed for the video feed to be clear and so there aren't any unnecessary shadows or dark spots.
- Equipment: Audio and visual equipment is needed to both capture sound and video, as well as provide video and audio feeds to the participants. This is true for every site participating as well. Generally, allowing everyone to participate in the meeting requires more equipment and a larger investment.
- Internet connection: To make video conferencing possible, companies need access to Internet connections capable of transmitting high-quality video and audio for every site in the meeting. This could mean at least two separate feeds — one outgoing and the other incoming — which is a lot of data, so the connection needs to be strong.
- Server: A server is the referee directing online traffic — in a one-to-one conference, this simply means routing traffic from one to the other. In a multi-point call with hundreds of participants, this gets significantly more complex and video conferencing systems need to be able to manage everything happening during calls.
Video conferencing is more than just attaching a webcam to a desktop computer. Video conferencing enables groups to collaborate and host larger meetings at a distance. It is intended to serve as a viable alternative to meeting in-person. For companies that need to gather together bigger groups for meetings with each other, video conferencing can enable teams to accomplish more and have more effective gatherings.
How Does IP Based Video Conferencing Work?
IP based video conferencing relies on equipment, software, and a great Internet connection to allow people to participate in meetings via video. A server directs traffic and ensures everything happens in sync. With large calls, hundreds of participants may be logging in to communicate on the call, so a well-organized video conference is able to manage everything.
Video conferencing is about much more than just huddling around a webcam — it's aiming to be a viable replacement for in-person meetings in a boardroom. Video conferencing over an IP address allows participants the opportunity to be seen, see others' body language and facial expressions, make eye contact, and more. Video conferencing tries to capture what phone calls and audio-only meetings miss.
Getting Started With Video Conferencing
Video conferencing can make it possible to collaborate and virtually eliminate face-to-face meetings that companies would otherwise have to travel for. This makes it easier to stay productive and keep distant teams involved in decision-making and working as part of the group.
If your organization is considering video conferencing as a meeting alternative, you will need to keep in mind that video conferencing is much more than using a webcam. In contrast to web conferencing, video conferencing requires more equipment and generally a much bigger investment. As part of your Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) platform, video conferencing can make a difference for your organization and empower your work.
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