How to choose the video conferencing system that suits you?
Meetings are an important part of the day-to-day work of a business. With the larger scale of an enterprise, the finer the management hierarchy, and the wider the geographical deployment of branches, the traditional centralized conference (high conference cost, low conference efficiency, etc.) has become increasingly unable to adapt to the conference of a modern enterprise. Communication needs. How to effectively use the existing office network and work computers to realize the informatization of conference exchanges and minimize the cost of conferences is a problem that needs to be solved urgently. So how do companies choose the video conferencing system that suits them?
Hardware video conferencing and software video conferencing
On the market, video conferencing is divided into two categories: "Hardware conference" and "Software conference".
Hardware video conferencing
The video conferencing communication method based on embedded architecture mainly adopts H.320 and H.323 protocol standards, realizes video and audio processing, network communication and various conference functions through DSP+embedded software, etc., and relies on a dedicated terminal with hardware acquisition card Equipped with high-definition conference cameras to realize a form of remote video conferencing. The MCU completes all codecs, that is to say, it decodes the video images uploaded by all terminals, and then re-encodes them into one image for distribution. High requirements on hardware performance.
The advantage of hardware video conferencing is that it is stable and the picture is clear. The limitation is that it is suitable for corporate meetings, and the high cost is not suitable for individuals. The uplink and downlink bandwidth of the terminal is basically equal, and the current models can basically reach 1080P, occupying a bandwidth of about 2M. The uplink and downlink bandwidths of the MCU are basically equal. How many channels of pictures are received by the terminal, and how many channels of pictures are sent after the screen is combined.
Software video conferencing
The principle of the software-based video conferencing system is basically the same as that of the hardware video conferencing system. The difference is that its MCU and terminal audio and video codecs are implemented by using high-performance PC or smart terminal Android/iOS combined with server software. In addition, because software video conferencing is completely dependent on PCs, it is more flexible and convenient than hardware video conferencing in terms of data sharing and applications.
MCU (software is generally called server), does not encode and decode video images, but only forwards them. For example, if 10 people participate in a meeting and broadcast 3 images, then only 3 images will be uploaded, and then the 3 streams will be distributed to 10 people and each will distribute 3 images. Therefore, the basic requirements for server hardware performance are not high. The bandwidth of the software client server fluctuates greatly, depending on how many images are broadcast, which is basically a multiplication method, the traffic of a single image * the number of channels broadcast * the number of participants.
Choose hardware video conferencing or software video conferencing?
High-level executives in large enterprises, government and enterprise units, and national energy agencies all choose hardware video conferencing systems, such as Polycom and Cisco in the United States, and mainstream manufacturers such as Huawei, Kodak, and Wangjin in China. As more and more large and medium-sized enterprises attach importance to Internet security in recent years, the share of domestic hardware video conferencing brand manufacturers continues to rise. At the same time, considering the capital budget, there are also many users who use domestic hardware video conferencing products that are more cost-effective. The hardware terminal is equipped with Wangjin's audio and video equipment for capacity expansion.
Small and micro enterprises and users with a wide range of distribution and a large number of users mostly use software video conferencing systems. After all, the overall cost is relatively low. Whether it is purchase or lease, it is relatively cost-effective, especially in the past two years of lease operation, cloud video conferencing, the market development is very good.
Whether it is hardware video conferencing or software video conferencing, in order to achieve immersive audio and video effects, Shenzhen Wangjin's high-definition video conferencing cameras, omnidirectional microphones and PC/Android integrated terminals will be your best choice.