Why waste time and energy traveling to a business conference that you can hold from the office? Today’s video conferencing cameras and software provide realistic audiovisual interactions; with the right setting, you can expect seamless, perfectly sharp broadcasts and crystal-clear sound. You can feel as if both parties are in the same room, not in remote locations!
Video conferencing is the way of the future. It saves time, reduces costs and increases productivity; and the coronavirus epidemic and associated restrictions have put these benefits straight into the showcase. The group of the seven most popular negotiation platforms for business interactions today consists of the following programs:
• Microsoft Teams
• Google Meet
• Blue Jeans
• Cisco WebEx
• Adobe Connect.
You may want to check out the software above before choosing a camera to use for video conferencing! Most newer tools work with all popular apps and services, but it never hurts to always check for compatibility first. In addition, some platforms may fit your individual needs or budget better than other models.
Choosing the perfect video conferencing camera
More expensive webcams and camera systems mean more and better of everything. Be aware of your current and future needs! Some products are designed specifically for smaller groups (these typically work from small office spaces), while others are designed more for large companies. When buying video conferencing webcams, you should consider the following features:
• Recording quality
• Streaming quality
• Lens features
• Microphones, speakers and sound quality
• Other aspects
High-speed Internet and a large screen in the office are now essential for most businesses. These are, of course, essential requirements if a company wants to hold virtual meetings. It’s not worth saving on the webcam’s recording quality (resolution): better shooting quality gives it a professional look. Older 480p webcams are now obsolete; optimally, HD cameras capable of 720p or 1080p detail at at least 60 frames per second (fps) should be used.
Streaming vs. recording; there can be a difference!
The webcam can be used for many purposes. You may want to record a presentation and upload the file for customers to view and comment on. Other times, you may need to broadcast a video presentation live to the distant audience in real time. You may want to review the specification, as the resolution used for recording and streaming may differ. This is not necessarily a problem, but be sure to be aware of the abilities of the type you choose and whether your knowledge is sufficient for you.
Tip: There are also cameras that can only stream with the base software, not record.
There are several things to consider when it comes to webcam lenses. For example, the substance; in some models the lens is made of plastic elements, in other types it is made of glass. The latter is usually of better quality! Another important aspect is the field of view (FOV). The wider the field of view, the more people can fit in the camera’s field of view at one time. For example, a camera with an ultra-wide field of view can be ideal in smaller offices if you want others to join the meeting.
Tip: There are cameras with a zoom lens, this feature can be a very useful extra feature in some cases. For other devices, it is even possible to change the position of the camera remotely using built-in motors. These models offer the most flexibility.
Microphones and sound quality
Make sure your webcam has a built-in microphone. This feature is not available for all models, it is better to find out instead of unpleasant surprises. Of course, this also allows you to use an external microphone, but it’s definitely good if the camera itself can record sound without outside help. More expensive cameras often have a dual stereo microphone, and some products also have a built-in speaker.
360 ° webcams used for large video conferencing can have up to 6-8 microphone arrays to perfectly record or transmit audio from all directions. You may even want to check if the camera’s microphone has a noise canceling function.
Aesthetic design, size, shape, portability, and ease of use are essential, but it may not be enough to pay attention to just these aspects. In addition to the above, you may want to consider extra features (such as extra security features).
Tip: Before buying, it is a good idea to make a list of the requirements and expectations for your webcam.
Source: Geeks.hu by geeks.hu.
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