If you use any computer-based video conferencing system, when it comes to a webcam, there are 2 standard options: the camera embedded in the computer, or an external USB device. For most consumer applications, either option is perfectly acceptable. The question becomes: “What if I use my webcam for business?”
As video becomes an increasingly prolific business application, spanning telepresence, high definition room-based systems, desktop video and mobile PC solutions, maintaining high quality video across all end-points is an important consideration. Imagine being in a high definition telepresence meeting with everyone represented in crystal clear resolution, accept for the one guy that dialed in from a hotel room with low resolution, grainy video. You can’t tell if he is smiling, wincing or just had a bad burrito. It’s a distraction, and ultimately not how you want your business to be represented.
This is exactly why business users of video need to be discerning in their choice of video camera. The right webcam must:
- Enable high definition video, to provide the most natural experience possible.
- Be optimized for a wide range of standard and high definition resolutions regardless of the endpoint it’s dialed in to.
- Be plug and play, straight out of the box, eliminating the need to load software or drivers
- Optimized for business applications like Microsoft Office Communicator and TANDBERG Movi.
Ultimately, a quality webcam, with the right bandwidth will provide an experience comparable, if not indistinguishable from that of its room-based counterpart.