Know your required level of video conferencing

Thursday, May 5 2011

As the Mother Nature Network reminds us, besides being convenient, web conferencing and video conferences can really help us keep the planet environmentally safe. Without the fuel costs of cars and airplanes, web conferences can be just as good as being face to face with your clients.

However, knowing what type of conferencing your business requires is just as important as switching to video conferencing. Here are the distinctions you should make:

Single-User: This is by far the simplest way to conduct remote business meetings. This type of setup involves a single camera on each end and usually only one type of software to mediate the two. This type shouldn't be used when there are more than a few people who need to communicate.

Small-Group: When conferencing requires more than a handful of people in more than two locations, this second tier of web conferencing might be necessary. The benefits of small-group teleconferencing includes shared software and greater camera resolution. It also often involves multiple cameras and microphones.

Large-Group: This is the absolute cream of the crop in business video conferencing. When you have many people coming together, each with important information to discuss or even to share, your business will require multiple HD cameras, communal digital whiteboards and rapid file sharing.