video conferencing software
Video conferencing software facilitates initiating and conducting live conferences between two or more participants at different sites by using computernetworks to transmit audio, video and text data.
Today, video conferencing software is used by companies of all sizes to stay connected with global partners and employees, to increase productivity and to cut costs. Most video conferencing software let users communicate and share and collaborate on files.
How Video Conferencing Software Works
Video conferencing and Web conferencing software applications enable both point-to-point (two-person) and multipoint (three or more participants) video conferences.
In many ways a point-to-point videoconference is similar to a phone call with video of the other participant. Each participant has a video or Web camera, microphone and speakers mounted on his or her computer, and as the two participants speak to one another their voices are carried over the network and delivered to the other's speakers. Whatever images appear in front of the video camera appear in a window on the other participant's monitor.
Multipoint Conferencing Software
In a multipoint conference, the video conferencing software enables three or more participants to sit in a virtual conference room and communicate as if they were sitting right next to each other. Video conferencing software with support for multipoint conferences has become popular with businesses as a way to save on travel costs and facilitate team collaboration among employees in disparate geographic locations.
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