What is Video Conferencing?

Video conferencing made easy

Don’t believe what you’ve heard about video conferencing being an expensive, complex system for only huge companies with massive IT departments. Using Lifesize, you get simple solutions for one-touch video calls that connect your conference room to the world. Watch our videos and see how video conferencing works.

That’s the connected experience, and here’s how it works.

How you connect to a video conference

  • There are three main types of video conference solutions for businesses: point-to-point, multipoint and streaming. Lifesize solutions enable the best of all three—automatically, without your needing to configure anything.
    • Point-to-point (sometimes referred to as single call) is a direct connection between two locations. It’s like a telephone call, just with video.
    • Multipoint lets three or more people or locations take part in the same video conference. Multiple parties can meet through HD video in a meeting room, from a desktop at work, from a home computer, or even over a smartphone or tablet when on the road.
    • Streaming connects your video conference to others who may choose to view the meeting on a remote computer or mobile device using software instead of hardware. You can even access the video conference at a later time via a web browser.

Lifesize makes everything simple

Lifesize is the only video conferencing solution that has eliminated complicated hardware from its conference-room video experience. Other than our video endpoints, the entire Lifesize solution is built on software. So whether you’re taking your video conferencing to our cloud or building your own private cloud with a Lifesize On-Premise solution, you’ll never need to worry about hardware issues interfering with your video conferencing.


Know the terminology

Like every breakthrough technology, video conferencing has a bit of its own language. It’s a hybrid of networking, video, audio, and more. Here are some of the most commonly used words and phrases in the world of how video conferencing works:

  • 1080p/30: 1920 x 1080 pixels at 30 frames per second. This is the resolution for Full High Definition.
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): A term to explain when people use their own technology (i.e., laptops, smartphones and/or tablets) for work purposes instead of a company-owned device.
  • Codec: The compression/decompression engine of a video system.
  • Endpoint: A video conferencing device.
  • VC: A shorthand form of “video conferencing.”

Be careful. Free services and business-class video conferencing services are not the same.

Besides offering lower quality video, free services may not let you share data or record and play back conferences. Adding or dropping people from a call can be tricky, if not impossible. And even some business-class services can have drawbacks if they’re not standards-based. Standards-based systems like Lifesize share technology among various providers, so you can have video conferences with other people even if they don’t use the same type of system you use.

What do I need?

Most companies start with a conference room-based system that connects a conference room in one city or office to a conference room in another location. For that, you’ll need a video system at each location, a connection to the Internet and either a Lifesize Cloud or a Lifesize On-Premise solution.

From there, it all depends on how much video conferencing power you want, how many people you’ll need to connect and what kinds of devices those people use to stay connected. Pick the right Lifesize bundle or activate the Lifesize Cloud service, download the mobile apps, invite people to meetings, and you’re all set.

Request a demo to see how simple and powerful Lifesize video conferencing really is

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