How does Video Conferencing Work

People are always hesitant about change. For business owners—who want to utilize and take advantage of the benefits of modern technology—it can be hard for them to introduce and explain video conferencing to their employee majority will resist the idea. This is because some people in the company—especially those who have been working there for so long—are not open to the world of new routines and adjustments especially involving technology. But, there is still a way to do this—by explaining how does video conferencing work.

In layman’s terms

To make people understand what is video conferencing, you must make them understand how it works. Basically, video conferencing refers to a communications technology where video and voice are integrated to be able to connect to other people or users that are in other areas. The idea behind it is to break the barriers in communication by creating a way where in people in two different places can talk and see each other as if they were in the same room at real time. Real time refers to the duration where conversation in updated and the parties can exchange thoughts and communicate without so much delay.

For a video conferencing to work, each party should have a personal computer with high memory, a web cam, a microphone, and a broadband Internet with high-speed connection. These pieces of equipment are the basic ones that are needed for a simple videoconference. In more sophisticated areas and business set-ups such as offices, more pieces of video conferencing equipment are being used.

These include video, wall mounts, table tops microphones, and such. They also have more complex video conferencing systems and avail of video conferencing services to ensure hassle free communication during meetings.

Unlike in the voice-only technology, video conferencing enables people to natural conversations using a good bandwidth. A good bandwidth is quite important for video conferencing because it makes seamless voice and video streaming possible.

When it comes to options, there are different types of video conferencing where people can choose from: the “point-to-point” or the “multi-point”. The “point-to-point” video conferencing is considered as the most common and basic type that is being used by so many users worldwide. It uses individual IP addresses and connects two different users from different places directly. This type of video conferencing is quite popular in home set ups and in some other small offices. “Point-to-point” video conferencing also serves as a form video phone to many. However, it can only connect two personal computers.

The “multi-point” conferencing, on the other hand, come is several variations. It has a reflector and a multipoint connector unit (MCU) that serves as “multipoint bridge” that enables two or more three or more users. Here, a central hub is used to connect users and can also serves a “stand-alone” device or as a computer server itself. In multi-point, room systems as well as roll-about systems can be added to the personal computers themselves.

In more technical terms, the “IEEE” standard serves as a guide to the status and development of video conferencing. Here, there are two guides: the H.320 standard that says how the process operates using ISDN telephone circuits and the “H.323” that explains how video conferencing operates using an Internet (TCP/IP or just IP).

Understanding how video conferencing work primarily depends on the willingness of the person to adapt to changes. If you think that your employee is not into understanding it, it will be better not to train him or her because it will only be a waste of time.

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