What Is Video Conferencing? A Definition of Video Conferencing and More.



Video conferencing is a technology-enabled type of meeting where two or more people, in different geographic locations, conduct live visual conferences through the internet for the purpose of communicating and collaborating. Video conferencing software (or hardware) enables transmission of high-quality audio, static images—sometimes full-motion video images—and text-based messages between multiple locations. As long as they have a webcam (an embedded camera), a desktop, laptop or mobile phone device can be used for video conferencing. 


What Are The Main Types Of Video Conferencing?


There are two types of video conferencing: point-to-point and multipoint conferencing systems. With point-to-point conferencing systems, two people in different locations can collaborate and communicate. Multipoint conferencing systems have the ability to facilitate communication and collaboration for three or more people located in different places.


Benefits and Advantages of Video Conferencing

Using video conferencing, companies can lower business travel and meeting costs; shorten project times and improve communications for remote workers and teams. It may also reduce your need for conference rooms with robust audio/video buildouts.  What does that mean for video conferencing?

Unlike audio conferencing, through live videos, the sharing of documents, visual presentations, whiteboards and flip charts, companies are able to hold efficient meetings where team members and customers are able to exchange non-verbal communications. This results in the building of a stronger sense of community within and between companies, as well as with customers. It's easy to develop a stronger sense of familiarity with individuals when you are able to see them, even when you have never met them in person. It’s also easier to identify if you have been able to satisfy a customer by just looking at her/his body language.


Mitel Video Conferencing 


Some of the latest technologies, like MiTeam Meetings and  MiCollab Audio Video Web Conferencing, have eliminated the need to plan ahead or use a third-party service. It is now easier to initiate a video conference or collaboration session mid-meeting. With the latest video conferencing technologies, it’s easier to share documents through a variety of methods, like cloud-based services. Plus, the introduction of built-in web browsers that facilitate web-based collaboration sessions can reduce or eliminate the need to have specialized devices in order to conduct a video conference.


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