Videoconferencing transmits video, audio, and data across a communications network enabling geographically dispersed participants to meet synchronously. Videoconferencing hardware is required at each site participating in a video call. Video Conferencing is tool that provides a Virtual meeting environment that gives you the benefits of real meeting. Multipoint videoconferencing allows three or more participants to sit in a virtual conference room and communicate as if they were sitting right next to each other. Videoconferencing uses telecommunication of audio and video to bring people at different sites together for a meeting.
The components required for video conference system are:
- A network for data transfer, usually a high-speed broadband Internet connection
- Hardware or software based coding and decoding technology, called codecs
- Video input: video camera or webcam
- Video output: monitor or screen
- Audio input: microphone
- Audio output: speakers
Telepresence is an immersive video conferencing experience where all attendees, whether they’re remote or in the office, feel as though they’re having an in-person conversation. It often involves multiple screens or monitors so remote workers feel as though they’re in the meeting room.
2. Desktop Video Conferencing
With desktop video conferencing, all the conferencing hardware and software is built-in to the computer. This is one of the simplest video conferencing setups, as video conference attendees can participate with their desktop or laptop computer. These devices have the necessary software, cameras, speakers, and microphones built-in – making it easier for remote workers to join the conference. Desktop video conferencing delivers numerous features along with screen and controling sharing features.
3. Room-Based Video Conferencing
Room-based video conferencing means the technology is integrated into the meeting room itself. Screens or monitors, a video camera, a microphone, and a speaker are installed in the room, so meetings can be held between people in the conference room and those who are remote.
4. Unified communications
Unified communications (UC) solutions deliver integration of IP telephony for voice calling, web and video conferencing, voice mail, mobility, desktop sharing, instant messaging and presence, and more, with seamless user experiences that help people work together more effectively. Anywhere, on any device. They bring real-time communication from your phone system and conferencing solutions together with messaging and chat, and integrate with everyday business applications using APIs. UC solutions are available as on-premises software, partner-hosted solutions, or as a service (UCaaS) from cloud providers.
With unified communications, multiple modes of business communications are integrated. Unified communications is not a single product but a collection of elements that includes:
- Call control and multimodal communication
- Instant messaging
- Unified messaging
- Conferencing (audio, Web and video)
- Collaboration tools
- Business process integration (BPI)
- Software to enable business process integration
Advantages of Video Conferencing:
- Increase Productivity: We spend less time travelling-more time in your office-you have access to your resources file and rest of the thing gives access to limited ‘people’ resources. We all talk to each other more often, sharing information more frequently.
- Respond more quickly.
- Decreases direct meeting costs.
- Structured Meetings with Improved Communications.