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Top 10 Must-Have Features for your Next Video Conferencing Solution in 2019

Posted on September 05th, by Diwakar Loomba 0 Comments
Top 10 Must HaveFeatures for your Next Video Conferencing Solution

With the rising number of businesses shifting their communications channels from audio to video conferencing, it’s becoming a norm for companies to install VC units even in their huddle room. For more productive video conversations, it is imperative to have optimal video infrastructure in place, so that conversations go flawlessly.

Top 10 Video Conferencing Features:

1. Auto Framing/Group Framing

group framing

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tug-1PNWmUE

Recommended: Yes (A must-have feature for better meeting experience)

Automatic framing eliminates the need for manual framing.

Without auto-framing, it would be very tedious to set the view of the camera, so that it can include everyone, whenever someone joins or leaves a meeting. Moderator needs to zoom in, zoom out, and make some adjustments to make it a perfect view. Time will also get consumed.

Auto Framing/Group Framing is dynamic in nature. So, if someone enters or leaves the meeting room, the camera automatically adjusts the view of the group.

2. Speaker Tracking

Recommended: Yes (A must-have feature for better meeting experience)

During a meeting, it makes more sense when focus is on the speaker to the faraway attendees so that everyone can see his/her body language/emotions. If the focus is on the group, then everyone is presented smaller version and live experience is not up to the fullest.

Using the advanced microphone array, VC systems can track who is actively speaking. It then automatically zooms in on that person to get a better view of body language.

3. Interoperability

Recommended: Yes (A must-have feature for better meeting experience)

Organizations worldwide have video rooms comprised of various technologies. Some rooms have Polycom, Cisco, Lifesize hardware/cloud-based licenses, while others use Microsoft Teams as VC. And, there are the hosts of other OEMs, which provide room system endpoint. This is where interoperability becomes critical. With a meeting’s platform that works across most of the available VC systems, organizations can easily connect to the outside world.

4. NoiseBlock

Recommended: Yes (A must-have feature for blocking unwanted noises)

NoiseBlock technology keeps away distracting noises, such as keyboard typing, paper shuffling, and other distractions. Generally, these noises appear in everyday meeting and people are often asked to go mute by moderators. This technology identifies when some real person is actually talking and when there is no identification of real person, it will mute the microphone.

5. Acoustic Fence

Recommended: Yes (A must-have feature to remove outside distractions. Most effective in open workspaces, as it captures voices within the defined zone.)

The acoustic fence creates a virtual boundary around the meeting area using microphones so that sounds/disturbances from “outside the fence” are blocked to remote participants, thus allowing the interruption-free meeting. It automatically reduces background noises, such as co-workers’ chat, loud machinery using advanced echo cancellation techniques.  

6. Remote Management/Central Management

Recommended: Yes (If you have multiple units of VC or want to configure system remotely)

Its main provision is to manage remote/central location to update software or change settings without the hassle of walking from room to room. 

7. Camera Resolution

Recommended: 4k Ultra HD Support

4k is the new norm for resolution. Cameras, Display, and VC system from all different OEM’s also possess this technology. And, OEMs have launched their products that support 4K resolution for a better experience.

8. Field of View

Recommended: Min. 70 Degree

Field of View is the length that the lens will cover at a certain distance. The FOV can be measured horizontally, vertically or diagonally.  The lenses with shorter focal lengths will have a wider FOV than longer focal lengths. 

9. Optical Zoom

Recommended: Min 5X Optical Zoom

Optical zoom and digital zoom are two main zooming techniques, which are integral parts of any VC system. 

Digital zoom is simply some in-camera image processing, whereas optical zoom is a true zoom, which utilizes magnifying lenses to get you a much close-up version of an image than you’d see with your eyes.

Optical zoom creates a much better quality of video/image compared to the digital zoom.

10. Whiteboard Camera System (Bonus Feature)

Whiteboard Camera System

Recommended: Yes (If you want to share your whiteboard drawings to other participants)

It is an advanced camera system that you can attach to the whiteboard, you already own. It enables you to stream your live whiteboard content over your browser or video conference and download all of the important highlights during the discussion.

The above features are ought to be present in your video conferencing solution of 2019 to acquire optimal meeting experience. Still, if you want more exposure to “Video Conferencing Solutions in 2019”, you can absorb a lot of information from- Video Conferencing Solutions: The Definitive Guide (A to Z).

 

Diwakar Loomba
Written by Diwakar Loomba
Diwakar is a marketing professional with experience in B2B technology marketing. He is immensely passionate about latest technology trends and digital media.

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