Video conferencing is a form of communication technology that connects users to video and voice optimization via the world wide web as presentations are held in the same conference room. All participants in a video conference must have a microphone, computer, broadband internet connection and webcam. Every participant that is in the video conference can hear and see each other in real time. Many companies are using this form of communication for business purposes.
For high quality conferencing, you have to have a great amount of bandwidth. Microsoft has made video conferencing popular and they often promote their video conferencing software. More companies are joining Microsoft to promote video conferencing.
Videoconferencing is attracting businesses and educational institutions. Its capabilities have allowed users to connect with one another from local areas and even across the globe. Many universities and colleges have used video conferencing for educational purposes. Business owners are able to connect with international clients just by using video conferencing software.
The demands for video conferencing has lead to more technologies being developed and other video conferencing software being improved and upgraded. As simple as using a web camera, your personal computer and a high speed internet connection, you can create a video conference.
Internet conferencing has become so convenient and so cost efficient, since it saves time and cost for traveling people to and from a specific location. There are two types of video conferences. The first is called “point-to-point” this refers to a conference conducted by two people. Multiple people that are in a video conference is known as a “multi-point” conference. During conferencing many things can be shared such as video and audio, documents and computer generated information.
Conferencing applications are getting vast improvements. These improvements include working on various computer applications simultaneously. IEEE standard oversees the development of a video conference. H.320 standard explains how the video conference will operate over ISDN phone circuitry. H.323 standard explains how a video conference will operate over an internet protocol service (TCP/IP, IP).
The quality of video conferences depend on the amount of bandwidth. On a H.323 connection, bandwidth of 768kbps (kilobits per second) is used. Video conferencing in colleges and universities will eat up a extremely high amount of bandwidth of 10Mbs (megabits per second).
Choosing between the two types of conferencing methods should be based around the cost and quality. IP connections do not require an additional cost. For the second type of method, ISDN connection does have an additional cost but you will receive a high quality bandwidth connection. With an IP connection your bandwidth is not always guaranteed.
Videoconferencing is a great technology and it will advance in the next couple of years. It is a reliable source if you want to connect with a selective group of people.