Top 5 microphones for webinars, video conferences

Hosting a webinar or joining a video conference is a great way to share information online. However, it’s hard to effectively share information if you can’t hear each other! Choosing a microphone with proper specs can be difficult. We have put together our top 5 microphones to make your shopping a little smoother.

 1. CAD U1 USB Dynamic Recording Microphone $25Microphone CAD U1

  • On-Off switch for instant mute
  • Built in pop filter minimizes “P-popping”
  • USB connection
  • Smooth, extended frequency
  • Cardioid pick-up pattern isolates the main sound source and minimizes background noise

2. Blue Microphones Snowball USB Microphone $55Blue microphone

  • Omnidirectional or cardioid microphones
  • Frequency response: Position 1-3: 40-18kHz
  • USB digital connection
  • Sample/Word rate: 44.1kHz/16-bit
  • 8 different color options

3. Samson Q1U Dynamic USB Microphone $40Microphone 3

  • Includes desktop tripod mic stand, mic clip, USB cable and carry pouch
  • Plugs directly in with USB cord (included)
  • Super cardioid pickup pattern
  • High quality A/D converter with 16-bit, 48kHz sampling rate

4. Logitech USB Microphone $25microphone 4

  • Digital w/ high fidelity
  • 15 foot long USB cord
  • High sensitivity, rejects background noise
  • Great price!!

5. Sound Tech CM-1000 Table Top Microphone $47microphone 5

  • Omni-directional microphone
  • 3.5mm plug directly into headset outlet
  • 8 foot long cord
  • Flat, sleek finish

While there are many microphones available, narrowing it down can be tough. Keep in mind the USB/headset cord length, the type of microphone (omni-directional or cardioid) and type of plug in (USB/headset jack.) There is no reason so waste an arm and a leg on a computer microphone.

Narrow down to your requirements and then compare reviews on Amazon. While our list features microphones over $50, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to spend that much. Sometimes, your computer or laptop’s built in microphone will work just perfectly. However, if you do plan to host multiple webinars or attend many video conferences, investing in a separate microphone is advised.

Next stop, webcams! Check out our top 5 rated best web cameras!

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Top 5 webcams for video calling, webinars

When searching for a webcam, they come in all shapes, sizes and prices. However, a high quality camera doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg! Webcam, short for web camera, is a video camera that when connected to a computer transmits the images onto your computer. Webcams are most frequently used for online video conferences, webinars and one-to-one video chatting. After researching many webcams, we have narrowed down a list of the top 5 best quality, reasonably priced webcams!

 

1. Logitech HD Webcam C270 $30

  • HD 720p video calling and recording in 16:9 widescreen
  • Sharp, high quality 3 MP photos
  • Automatic light correction
  • Integrated noise-canceling microphoneWebcam with a great widescreen and high quality.

2. Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 $60

  • Full HD 1080p video calling
  • H. 264 compression for faster video streaming and uploads
  • 15MB photo storage capacity
  • Dual stereo microphonesLogitech webcam with great HD quality.

3. Creative Live! Cam Connect HD 1080p $65

  • Full HD 1080 video calling
  • 12 MP photo quality
  • Auto-focus, wide angle lens
  • Dual noise canceling stereo microphones

    Creative Live webcam provides technology to socialize.

4. HP Webcam HD 5210 $99

  • Life-like 720p HD video calling
  • Less lag time than other webcams
  • 270° pan and 30° tilt
  • Auto-light correction and 5x zoom capability

    Webcam with 370 degree pan capability.

 5. Microsoft LifeCam Studio 1080p $60

  • High quality HD 1080p video calling and still photos
  • Noise isolating microphone
  • Microsoft TriColor Technology for color correction
  • Premium glass lens for crisper image
  • 360° pan capability

Webcam with 360 degree ability.

 

While this is a set of 5 webcams, there are hundreds that meet simple requirements and will provide high quality images. When searching keep in mind that you can find a webcam with HD video calling, noise canceling microphone, and many other features for under $100.

Also, there are many sites that will compare multiple webcams at a time. Check the features you are interested in, set your price range and compare! Happy shopping!

 

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Recognizing Suicide Among Veteran Family and Friends

The Military Families Initiative is one of BigMarker’s communities. This community helps military members, veterans, and their families access support and resources that assist them in readjusting to civilian life.

Mlitary Families Initiative community provides resources such as suicide prevention help.

It offers a space without boundaries, where members can join in sharing their experience, knowledge and stories with those who have also been directly affected by the military experience. Already they have helped over a 100 people.

Below is the presentation that was shown in the Recognizing Suicide webinar that can be viewed online.

Recognizing suicide presentation focus points

  • recognizing the signs of suicidal behavior
  • methods and resources for prevention
  • discussion of myths often associated with suicidal behavior and thoughts

This presentation is just one of the many valuable resources that the Military Families Initiative community provides its members. Along with stories, information and support this community frequently hosts webinars that provide resources and advice for veterans and their families. Check out some of their recorded webinars such as “LinkedIn for the Job-Seeking Veteran” and “Transitional War Skills to Home: Understanding Readjustment.”
Suicide is a very serious issue that needs to be recognized and supported with the right resources. If you or a loved one has been showing signs of suicide, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
If there are any further questions about BigMarker in general, please reach out to support@bigmarker.com.
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How can you use webinars for online presentations?

Webinars are speedily growing into a common and convenient method for virtual meetings and online presentations. A webinar is a combination of the words seminar and web. Ultimately, it is an online place for organizations and members to present information, share a lesson or host meetings from all over the world. Webinars, similar to video conferences, increase productivity, save time and greatly lower the costs of travel.

 

Online Presentations

Online presentations are the essence of a webinar: it is a presentation online. On a platform such as BigMarker, there are a two main features for sharing your online presentation. In a webinar you can share your information by either uploading a file or sharing your screen.

On BigMarker, you have the ability to share files with your community.

Upload files. One of the most common methods for sharing an online presentation is to simple upload a file from your computer. This allows you to flip through a powerpoint or document, while the audience has the same access to it. Uploading a file is easy and allows you to share your online presentation at whatever pace you want.

In a conference, you have the ability to share online presentations and screen share.Screen share. Screen sharing is a very useful technical device. As pretty self explanatory, it is when the presenter has the ability to share their personal screen. This allows the presenter to show the audience a hands on presentation. This feature is very useful for step-by-step instructions, fixing problems or trying to educate the audience on something on their desktop.

 

Post webinar, online presentations

In addition to sharing online presentations, you can post articles and updates.Once your webinar has concluded, keep the conversation going! Sharing a recording of your webinar continues your online presentation (if you would like to share the information.) In your community, you can upload articles and updates. In addition, your recorded webinar will be available to view to any member of your community. In this way, webinars are useful for sharing online presentations in live-time as well as continuing to share it after it has occurred.

Promoting your webinar is important to sharing your online presentations. To get your word out, you need to utilize social media and stay active on your BigMarker community. Webinars are a great way to present online information because of the ease of the network.

Any questions regarding BigMarker in general, please contact support@bigmarker.com.

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Creating a new community

Creating a new community is as easy as 1, 2, 3 (well, almost)! The key to a successful community is being descriptive yet concise. Below are a few tips, that will help you create a successful community while growing through the steps.

Creating a new community tips

  1. Log on to BigMarker
  2. At the top of the page, click Create a CommunityCreate a new community button
  3. Create your community name. This should be a very short (only a few words) description of what your community will discuss.new community name
  4. Add a description (VERY IMPORTANT). The more descriptive you are, the more specific your potential members will be able to search for you. We limit our community descriptions to 200 characters because short and sweet is most effective!community description
  5. Choose public (free) or private ($20 a month). A public community means that anyone can join and the content is shared openly. A private community limits people joining to those invited and then accepted (by the community organizer). Content is only displayed to members in a private community.public vs. private community
  6. You have now successfully created a new community. Congrats! However, to make it successful there are a few more things to fill out. Next step, picture time! You will have the option to adding a Community Logo. This is very much advised, as it will help your members identify with the community easier and help you stand out from other communities.new Community logo
  7. Choose the categories you would like your community to fall under. You can choose just one or many. Choosing more than one will benefit in more members finding your community.community categories
  8. Provide contact information. This is where the community organizer can fill in their information so that the members have a method of contacting them.new community information
  9. Provide social media information. Sharing your social media sites will help create new members and will benefit in sharing your message to a greater audience.social media for new community

Congrats! You have successfully created a new community. Now invite members and start hosting webinars to get your message discussed and shared.

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