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Types of video conferencing

Video conferencing is a high-tech modern communication tool designed to improve business efficiency, streamline business processes, speed up decision making and save money on business trips.

video conferencing may be personal or group of people. Personal video conferencing involves a video session in which only two users participate. By group video conferencing is meant all other types of video conferencing. The various established rules for displaying video conference participants for each of the parties are called video conferencing types. We suggest to understand this question in more detail!

1-to-1 video conferencing

It’s a basic and simple; two subscribers participate, both see and hear each other at the same time, during any session of a 1-t0-1 videoconference various tools can be utilized for collaboration, such as an exchange of text messages, files, presentations and other media data can be used.

Symmetrical video conferencing

They are videoconferencing with a constant presence, more than 2 people participate and all participants see and hear each other at the same time. Naturally, video conferencing involves full-duplex communication. May be like a round table, where everyone has equal rights. Group video conferencing is suitable for meetings where maximum participation of each participant is required.

Voice activated video conferencing

all participants in the session hear and see only the speaker who speaks on their screens, while he sees himself or the previous speaker. Small variations of this mechanism are possible, but the essence remains the following: the VCS server tracks the voice activity of subscribers and switches the image broadcast to all participants, to the speaker.

Selector video conferencing

The mode in which participants are divided into two types: speakers and students, where each participant can become a speaker (with the permission of the conference organizer). The leader of such a conference himself appoints the speakers and can remove them from the video podium at any time.

This mode may also be referred to as role-based video conferencing. Selector video conferencing is used most often during web conferencing (webinars).

Video conferencing for distance education

A special mode in which all participants (students) see and hear only one broadcasting user (teacher), and he sees and hears all students. Pupils are not distracted by each other, and the teacher controls them.

Video broadcast

A kind of videoconference in which the speaker broadcasts to a wide audience of listeners, while he does not see or hear them. The remaining participants see and hear only the speaker. Feedback is possible only via text chat. Often, to smooth out changes in network conditions, during the broadcast a significant delay is introduced up to several seconds between the broadcasting and the listeners.