Video Conferencing Defined, Part 2
February 3, 2009 @ 10:19 AM | By Brian Trampler & Sara O'Rourke
In our last blog we discussed the different types of video conferencing available. This week, we will be talking about the features associated with video that can enhance the effectiveness of your conference.
Allows a participant to join a video conference via audio (telephone) only. This can be done through a codec or video bridge.
Bridge or multipoint control unit (MCU)
Piece of equipment that facilitates the communication between three or more sites in a video conference.
Allows pre-defined camera angles to be programmed into a video conferencing system.
Type of video conference which allows each site to view other sites on a screen. Sites can be viewed in multiple configurations of a split screen. Ideal for when there are more than 5 sites or multiple people at one site. Often referred to as “Brady Bunch style” because of the arrangement of video images on the screen.
Specialized camera used for taking pictures of still images (pictures, graphics, text pages) that sent as part of a video conference.
Feature supported by many desktop video conferencing systems that allows participants at both ends of a video conference to view and edit the same computer document.
Process of eliminating acoustic echo in a video conferencing room.
Renting a video conferencing equipped room for those who need to participate in a video conference but don’t have access to a system. Video conferencing room rentals is a service offered to the InterCall customer base.
Upgrades the speed of a lower channel codec to a higher channel conference. This allows for the best possible transmission and video viewing.
Server/client technology that allows live or pre-recorded data to be broadcast in real time, opening up the network for traditional multimedia applications such as news, training, entertainment, advertising and a host of other uses. Streaming enables the Internet or company intranet to act as a broadcast medium for audio and video.
Voice-activated video conference
Type of video conference in which the cameras are (1) activated by sound, (2) switch to the site where the sound is originating and (3) display that site on participant monitors.
Next week we will look at the technology terms associated with video conferencing. So please, keep the questions and comments coming in!
Brian Trampler is the Sr. Product Manager of Strategic Video Solutions & the "Video Conferencing" blogger. Throughout his 10 years in the conferencing industry, he has successfully launched numerous web, streaming, and video services. Prior to making the jump to conferencing, Brian was involved in gymnastics both as a competitor and coach. If you’re lucky, you might also find Brian performing musical theatre throughout the Denver metro area.
Sara O'Rourke is the Associate Product Manager for Strategic Video Solutions and will be a contributor to "Video News". She has been with Intercall for over 4 years and has specialized in the video product for the majority of those years, starting in sales. She is not only an accomplished professional of the video industry, but a fine singer as well.