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How Do I Choose the Best Video Conferencing Facility?

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  • Written By: Troy Holmes
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  • Last Modified Date: 01 November 2016
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Video conferencing is a convenient way to communicate with groups or individuals over the Internet. These conference centers range from large auditoriums to small, in-house video conference rooms. Video conferencing typically requires appropriate lighting, drawing boards, and audiovisual equipment. To choose the best facility, companies should consider the size and formality of the meeting and whether they will want to record the video conferencing session. It is also important to consider whether video conference users want to build a permanent, in-house video conferencing center for frequent use or rent a facility for a one-time session.

Many news organizations now use video conferencing to conduct interviews around the world. This is accomplished through a network of remote video equipment that allows people to quickly establish two-way video communication. These news organizations use global satellites to provide near real-time conferences with people all over the world.

Most large corporations have a video conferencing facility within the corporate headquarters. This is a formal area designed specifically for media events and company communications. The conference facility includes two-way television screens that allow interactive discussions with people across the world. Video conferencing can also be distributed across the Internet in streaming video. This form of information sharing can reach thousands of people around the world.

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A video conferencing facility can also be rented for short meetings. These facilities provide audiovisual equipment for meetings and discussions. A conference facility can be rented by the hour, which can be a good option for small companies that need quick access to this specialized equipment.

Video conference equipment typically includes microphones, webcams, recoding equipment, and special lights. This equipment can be rented or purchased at most computer hardware companies but is better when purchased by professional conferencing centers. A video conference is an interactive session with groups of people that can be in many locations.

There are many Internet-based video conference tools available. These are special software programs that allow people to have a virtual video conferencing facility. These Internet applications provide ample tools for interactive discussions.

Whiteboards are an essential tool for any video conferencing facility. After the meeting is completed whiteboard information is available for printing and distribution for all participants. Most video conferencing facilities include tape recording capabilities. This can be a useful to review previous conferences and material. These recordings are typically stored in digital format, which makes them shareable across the Internet.

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