A live video conference is much more effective than a phone call in many different situations. For example, you may need to visually demo a new product with your international sales team or troubleshoot an issue with a client which requires data sharing. Literally seeing what you are discussing is far more effective and meaningful than trying to describe it verbally with an audio conference.
Video conferencing in its most basic form is the transmission of image(video) and speech(audio) back and forth between two or more physically separate locations.
These can be:-
1. Point to point
Point-to-point is a direct connection between two locations. It’s like a telephone call, just with video.
Multipoint lets three or more people or locations take part in the same video conference. Multiple parties can meet through HD video in a meeting room, from a desktop at work, from a home computer, or even over a smartphone or tablet when on the road.
Streaming connects your video conference to others who may choose to view the meeting on a remote computer or mobile device using software instead of hardware. You can even access the video conference at a later time via a web browser.
Advantages of video collaboration:-
- saves travel cost & time
- Increase potential for Collaboration
- Visual so increases effectiveness of Communication
- Expert users can investigate problems without site visit