The internet has made possible several marvelous technologies that enhance our lives in many ways. One very useful technology that has been gaining ground recently is video conferencing over the internet. Let’s examine what it is and how it can be used effectively.
Video conferencing essentially allows a group of individuals anywhere around the world who have internet access to be able to hold a simultaneous meeting together without having to physically meet one another in any specific location. It’s a method of combining simultaneous video and audio so that a meaningful discussion or meeting can take place in real-time over the internet.
So what do you need in order to have a video conference? Successful video conferencing components include video cameras, microphones, video conferencing software, and the computer equipment necessary to connect to the internet and process the sound and video data.
In order to accomplish the transmission of the video and audio portions of the meeting, the video conferencing software that is used must take the input from the microphones and cameras, convert them into digital signals that are encoded and then transmitted across the internet where they are received and decoded back into images and sound on the other end.
So who can make use of this advanced communications technology? Well, almost anyone who needs to meet with a group of other people who may not be local to them. Quite a few businesses are adopting this technology because it allows them to be able to communicate with personnel and offices no matter where they are located around the world, and share important ideas and planning strategies. And the biggest advantage for business is that they don’t have to pay for the travel costs necessary to bring all of those people together at one time, and they don’t lose productivity spent during the travel time to get there. So for many businesses it’s a very positive solution for office related communications.
Schools are also starting to use video conferencing quite a bit as distance learning over the internet continues to rise in popularity. It enables them to be able to teach subjects, and hold classes over the internet for their students without them having to be physically present.
There are many other ways to make good use of internet video conferencing, as they can be beneficial for almost any group of people that needs to meet and discuss important topics in real-time without physically gathering together in the same place.
Hopefully the information presented in this article will help you understand more about how video conferencing actually works, and who can best make use of this marvelous technology.
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