Say Cheese! The past and future of the video conference room camera

- Mar 31, 2017-

    The importance of understanding where room-based videoconferencing cameras are heading.

    Enterprise video conferencing has been around in one form or another for decades. It is still "seeking its potential" all these years later.

    While the latest thinking has videoconference room systems playing a much smaller role in the world of Unified Communications (smaller both in importance and the size of the typical room) it is still an essential tool in an organization's collaboration ecosystem. All of which makes one wonder why the approach to these systems is still so confusing and…well…FUBAR is really the only term to describe it. In this first of a few bogs where , SZ Tenveo Video Technology Co.Ltd. address this space and focus on the video conference room camera.

    While the latest thinking has videoconference room systems playing a much smaller role in the world of Unified Communications (smaller both in importance and the size of the typical room) it is still an essential tool in an organization's collaboration ecosystem. All of which makes one wonder why the approach to these systems is still so confusing and…well…FUBAR is really the only term to describe it. In this first of a few bogs where , SZ Tenveo Video Technology Co.Ltd. address this space and focus on the video conference room camera.

    The hierarchy of cameras for room videoconferencing starts with those two, takes us into better solutions available now, and then peeks into the future:

Webcams. Great for personal devices, maybe on the edge of acceptable for small "huddle rooms" that have a handful of people at arms-length from it, but a poor choice absolutely everywhere else. 

The bare minimum that can be used for room-based video conferencing systems. While these systems can get images close enough to a person to convey the expressions and body language required for effective visual collaboration, they're often a pain in the neck to operate. Users frequently don't take the time to set up the needed shot correctly and/or move the camera around as various people in the room take turns speaking. While they are still the bare minimum, they are quickly being obsoleted by the next level.

If everyone starts speaking over everyone else it takes a wide shot and waits til one or two people become the focus again. People who use these systems experience just about the same level of quality and communication that used to require expensive immersive telepresence – at a fraction of the cost and with no special rooms needed.

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