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Conducting Video Conference Calls: Equipment & Software Required

Apr 25, 2008
Video conference calls are quickly becoming an alternative to travel for businesses. They are cheaper and more flexible thereby lowering costs and allowing for a smaller travel budget. In addition, improved technology has incorporated multi-user conferences for conference call services.

In order to get a good resolution during a video conference call and convey the information to the participants, the quality of the equipment used is important. When a video conference call is placed, a camera, PC system, audio controls and software are all interconnected. Information is then shown on the monitors that are connected to the PC system.

Windows or Macintosh operating systems can support video conferencing programs. NetMeeting is the Windows based program whereby Macintosh users have iChat AV to make video conferencing calls. In addition, you can download other free software packages that are compatible with Windows and Macintosh.

Systems that are meant solely to provide conference call utilities are also available, and make the process more efficient by combining all of the necessary audio, visual and network systems into a single device. Portable devices are available for purchase by individual users while larger, less portable systems are also available to meet the needs of larger companies. It is not unheard of for large companies to designate entire rooms as video conferencing rooms that will not be used for any other purpose.

There are conference call services available to meet the different needs of every consumer in the market, from the simple web-cams available for a hundred dollars that suit the needs of the average consumer, to the expensive high-end systems for large companies that cost fifteen thousand dollars or more.

Dedicated desktop-based hardware is popular amongst individuals and the price range is between six hundred to three thousand dollars. There are also software-based headsets which are usually priced at a hundred dollars each, and they are great for personalized calls and are also known to reduce echoes when on a conference call.

Small conferences may be linked with a PC-based system and the price can be from six to fourteen thousand dollars. An IP or ISDN connectivity is quite expensive and the range is anywhere from three to twelve thousand dollars although they are considered to be very simple to set up.

Equipment needed for conference calls is expensive, anywhere up to ten thousand dollars but are required for large meeting groups. Multi-directional microphones are mostly required for conferences including video seminars or classes. The directional microphones are in key locations within a room with high-resolution cameras. The cost for a reliable microphone system can be as high as eight thousand dollars and the camera up to two hundred.

If anyone is intending to make use of conference call services, reliability, ease of use, connectivity and compatibility are all of the utmost importance. Purchase equipment that is reliable and can withstand frequent usage. Also, when purchasing your equipment and software, ensure that updates and maintenance services are readily available and can be easily obtained.
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