Video Conferencing and What it Has to Offer

by : IC

Video conferencing is a new and better way to gather people for a meeting or talk while making sure all that is discussed would be readily understood. Better than other forms of communication, video conferencing offers audio-visual connection with the other attendees.

There are two ways to outsource video conferencing. One would be using a third party as an inside service provider with the use of your own equipment while the other way is to work with an outside service provider that hosts the conference call from an external network.

For both means there are advantages and disadvantages. Lets us take a look at the first way to outsource a video conference.

The advantages of using a third party as an inside service provider is the assurance of encountering less technical problems. Most big companies have their own set of technicians that keep an eye on the video conferencing. However, not even the most skilled of workers can beat a well trained professional group so they hire such people to operate the equipment needed and avoid technical hassles. Also, the costs for using a third party as an inside service provider tends to be more constant in terms of billing and produces less surprise charges.

The disadvantage, though, is that it may take longer time for a big company to set up its video conferencing. Since companies would hire outside staff to oversee the video conferencing especially when it is done in conference rooms and/or big offices, it may take some time for the setup to be finished. This is because though trained professionals are hired for the job, they still need to familiarize themselves with the equipment.

As for working with an outside service provider, the main advantage is that a company can rent and use a maintained facility that is already equipped and ready to go. Additional materials that will be needed for the video conferencing will take just a little time to add.

Its disadvantages, however, would be the inconvenience of having to relocate to the place where the equipment is already set up.

Video conferencing is not only used for businesses. It may also be used for personal and other purposes like education, security surveillance and emergency response. But if you wish to use if for personal use you may need to purchase additional hardware and software to equip your computer and enable it for video conferencing.

Video conferencing is such a big convenience that anyone, regardless of age, may benefit from. You don't even have to be computer savvy to enjoy video conferencing.