If teams or individuals want to collaborate remotely, video conferencing is indispensable. It can connect people by image and sound, and participants can also share documents with each other, regardless of where they are at the moment. The solution can be scaled from personal video conferencing for individuals to large team meetings or auditoriums.
The basis of every video conference is a platform that provides application services. The platform is chosen by the company or institution based on the requirements for features, availability and price of the user license. The best-known platforms include Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Zoom and Google Meet. Users can connect with each through with different platforms in the form of native functions or communication interfaces.
For the chosen platform, manufacturers provide a whole range of options with regard to the device used. It can be applications for mobile devices such as a laptop, tablet or mobile phone. They also supply a dedicated video conferencing codec that is built into the meeting room. Codecs are thus divided into software (applications) and hardware (dedicated product).
The type of video camera used depends on the method of use. Cameras have a number of features and functions that need to be carefully considered before the final choice. A user needs a different camera for a personal meeting, and a different camera for a meeting room. The method of connecting the camera is also crucial. For personal use, all you need is USB for easy and fast connectivity (or portability), while in the meeting room the camera is mounted and the cables are connected directly to the codec.
For personal use, headphones with a microphone are best suited. In the meeting room, an integrated sound system will be used, either in the form of a soundbar or in the form of a microphone array and built-in speakers.