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What is a Videoconference?

Videoconferencing photo | Caption: The video from a videoconference often reminds people of the old 'Brady Bunch' television show

Videoconferencing allows individuals in different locations to see, speak to and hear one another. It is similar to a telephone conference call with the addition of a live video picture of the participants. Participating sites need simple computer video cameras, speakers, microphones and an ultra-high-speed Internet connection, which most California county offices of education now have. Large screen viewing and a remote control camera are preferable where there are several participants at one site. The proceedings can be recorded and later ‘streamed’ over the Internet for viewing on demand.

When should you use videoconference instead of a Webcast?

A videoconference should be used when there are a limited number of participants, when you want live interactive conversation among all participants, and when you don’t need the camera flexibility or production values that require a video studio. Both Webcasts and videoconferences allow computer presentations and graphics to be included.

What can we provide?

  • State of the art viewing room
  • Large screen monitor with Surround Sound
  • Ultra-high-speed connections using the CalREN Digital California Network
  • Point-to-point or multipoint conferences
  • Bridging services for IP-based and ISDN videoconferencing
  • Audio (telephone) conferencing
  • Technical support for videoconferencing through firewalls
Contact Melinda Holt to schedule a videoconference.
(916) 228-2636
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