HD video conferencing doesn't necessarily mean expensive equipment upgrades

Thursday, October 14 2010

Are you looking to participate in high-quality, high-definition video conferencing? Good news - you might not need to invest in all the latest computers, gadgets and internet connections, after all.

Some video conferencing companies recommend that users purchase or lease expensive Wide Area Network (WAN) links in order to achieve the best in video conferencing technology, but this might not be the case, reports Unified Communications News. In fact, HD video conferencing network requirements are going down, and so are equipment costs - making the technology more accessible to businesses and individuals around the world.

"One meg is generally what's required to now do a high-definition call at 1080p and 30 frames per second," said Rick Snyder, chairman of the Interactive Multimedia Collaboration & Communications Alliance industry group. Snyder is also vice president of TelePresence Video Sales at Cisco Systems, but said he was speaking on behalf of the IMCCA and that his statements did not necessarily reflect Cisco's views.

"There are trade-offs across the board - no doubt about that - but the basic quality for a traveling executive like myself has improved so much that you can do multipoint wireless HD video conferencing," he told Unified Communications News.

There are some risks associated with video conferencing using outdated equipment or wireless technology, however. Users should be aware that their systems may be slower or may shut down unexpectedly.