Video Conferencing – The Basics

Video Conferencing is a multi-way simultaneous video and audio communication via telecommunications technology. Video conferencing allows people from all over the world to communicate easily. 

Even many companies use video conferencing for their meetings. You can also hire professionals to install commercial audio video system for your business.

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There are several key components needed to successfully hold or participate in a video conference. This is:

1) Video-Input – Video Conferencing by definition requires the video input. This is usually done via a webcam or, less commonly, a video camera.

2) Audio Input – For a video to accompany sound, there also needs to be an audio input. This is most often done through a microphone though DVD / CD player is also an audio source

3) Video Output – For a video that will be interpreted, there needs to be a platform for video output to; This can be done through several items but is most commonly done through a computer monitor, television or projector

4) Audio Output – Similar to the video output but for sound. Audio output usually runs through loudspeakers.

5) Data Transfer – Video/audio data is generally transferred through the telephone network (analog or digital), the Internet or a LAN (local conference time)

6) Computer – A computer is needed to bind together the other components of the conference. Computers also compress and decompress the data using a codec and maintain relationships of data through the network.

Taken together, these are the components that make up the video conference system. There are two types of systems; dedicated and desktop. A dedicated system is a device that has all the necessary components built into it and purpose-built.

A desktop video conferencing system add-on to the desktop computer that turns ordinary into a video conferencing system. If used properly, video conferencing offers great potential benefits for businesses.

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