How does Video Conferencing Work?
Now that you know a little about what video conferencing is, how exactly does it work? The basic concept is for one person to sit in front of a computer and load up a program that allows them to use voice or video chat. This computer must have the ability for sound and have a web cam or some type of video equipment. They then connect to the person they wish to speak with, either dialing up a number or typing in an IP address. Both people connect and thus, are able to see and speak to each other.
There are many components to video conferencing - audio, video, hardware, and software. Depending on the size of your company and business, the price range for these things can run from free all the way up to thousands of dollars. The set up of a video conference also depends on the size of the conference taking place - for a small group, say less than five people, the set up may include a few computers; for larger groups, there may need to be video cameras and microphones.
For smaller groups of people, utilizing programs like Skype, Ventrilo, or even Instant Messaging with Video chat can work well. The audio and video is taken care of by the computers being used, while the software is usually free to download. The only thing that needs to be purchased is a web camera and those are fairly cheap in price.
For larger groups, there may be the need for actual video cameras, but again it depends on the situation. If one person will be speaking to a group, they may be to utilize the same type of conferencing that a small group would employ. If a large group is speaking to another group, cameras may be needed. There may also be a need to purchase software to help.
Overall, video conferencing is another step to bring people together, helping to bring businesses, and ideas together. Video conferencing can sometimes be the next best thing aside form traveling to another city, another state, or another country to speak to someone.
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