Often, video conferencing and web conferencing may be seen as the same type of video communication. However, the truth of the matter is that these are two very different technology solutions, which have their own features and purpose. The most evident difference between video conferencing and web conferencing is the hardware and software needed: Video conferencing requires hardware and software installed and integrated to complete teleconferencing and video conferencing, while web conferencing does not. So what are the differences between video conferencing and web conferencing?
Video conferencing systems allow for communication between two or more people in a virtual forum. Not only can all participants communicate with one another, but they can also share content during their video conference meetings. Oftentimes, video conferencing systems may appear to be complex, however, when a video conference system is installed and integrated by a professional av vendor, it can allow for a more seamless and user-friendly experience.
Although it is not necessary to have an internet connection to complete teleconferencing/video conferencing, it is required to have additional audio-visual solutions installed to support your remote meeting. First and foremost, you must choose the right video conferencing software to host your meeting. Options may include Zoom, Webex, Microsoft Teams, and GoToMeeting.
It may also be beneficial to consider an agnostic conference room setup, allowing users to host meetings with any video conferencing app. An agnostic conference approach allows for more flexibility, as users are not tied down to using only one software.
Aside from the software, there are multiple audio/visual solutions to consider within your meeting room. Microphones and speakers, cameras, HD Display monitors, or projection systems are all needed in video conferencing. In addition, integrating control panels within your boardroom or conference room could help simplify and control your conference room setup.
While video conferencing refers to remote meetings with a limited number of participants, web conferencing typically refers to real-time communication; a host (or a few hosts) addresses a large number of people in a virtual forum. Hosted online, web conferencing can be used for training seminars, education courses and webinars, team collaboration, remote work, and professional presentations. Web conferencing limits the feedback from participants and offers one-way communication. If you want to host a large training seminar or virtual event, web conferencing would be the best option. If you are looking to host a meeting with open communication from all participants, video conferencing would be the best option.
Because webinars are hosted online, all participants don’t need to have a specific hardware/software installed to join the webinar. However, the webinar host must have cameras, speakers and microphones, and a large display monitor installed to support web conferencing. Having professional technology solutions installed and integrated into your meeting space can help improve the quality and effectiveness of your webinar.
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