To a certain extent, the success of a video conference or webinar depends on using the right technology and gadgets for the event. All of the preparation undertaken by the conference speaker will go to waste if their gadgets are not up to par. In fact, the success of a web conference depends just as much on its technical perfection as it does for the brilliance of the speaker’s presentation skills.
Video conferencing solutions rely heavily on the best gadgets available to deliver high quality and technically sound results. For an absolutely fantastic video conference, you need to have a suitable camera at your disposal. There are various types of cameras available that fulfill various technical requirements; so it is important to keep your specific requirements in mind when choosing the right camera for your video conference.
Here is a look at the various types of cameras available to help you choose the right one for your next webinar.
The most common and basic type of video camera that can be used for a video conference is a dedicated webcam. It is inexpensive, easy to assemble and use with your desktop or laptop. However, dedicated webcams don’t always come with a strong video output. Some web cameras record video with a low number of frames per second and have a relatively lower pixel density or PPI (pixels per inch or megapixel). As a result, the video output is grainy. Be careful about the web camera you are looking to purchase and make sure you purchase a dedicated web camera that can record and stream high definition video for the best possible result.
This camera is pre-fixed to your laptop or desktop screen and all other technical requirements are pre-installed in your system. The most widely used integrated webcam is a 0.3 megapixel VGA that is able to record video at a rate of 30 fps (frames per second) with a resolution of 640*480. The benefit of this camera is that it does not require any additional monetary investment however, you cannot modify its configurations and have to accept its limitations. Integrated webcams will do the trick in a tough situation but should be avoided for large-scale video conferences.
External camcorders come with a truckload of great features such as 27x zoom, which can be extended to 54x, auto and manual exposure, and backlight compensation. Together, these features allow users to have greater control over the final video output. An external camera can be connected to your system via USB port and is compatible with nearly all computer systems. It requires a video capture card on your system to stream and transmit the webinar. If you choose to opt for a camcorder, then make sure your system has enough free space. All of the video files for your webinar will be stored on your computer. A camcorder, while slightly laborious can be a reasonably good option to consider for your webinar.
A digital camera is similar to a camcorder. What really sets it apart are its specifications. The technical configurations of a digital camera are structured keeping in mind its adaptability for recording video, as well as taking high quality photographs. A basic digital camera has a minimum of 8-10 megapixels however, most modern models are capable of high definition recording. A digital camera allows you even greater control over the quality of the final images, with external lenses and manual and auto modes for different situations. The only drawback, and this is a big one, is that not all digital cameras can be used in place of a web camera. With this in mind, it is critical to find out whether the digital camera you own or are planning to purchase can be used for a video conference before you proceed with your purchase or plan of use.