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Video Conferencing in Australia – 2020’s unsung hero

Video conferencing isn’t just a popular 90s movie fad – it’s a game changer for remote interaction, and with today’s technical innovation goes far beyond a generic phone call! It also goes without saying that video conferencing has been a powerful tool which has facilitated businesses to continue operating throughout lockdown this year.

The ins and outs of video conferencing

Video conferencing is typically undertaken through computer and mobile applications that enable two or more people to view each other on camera while they share information and converse. Not only have innovations in the app world like “FaceTime” and “WhatsApp Video” already contributed massively to this phenomenon over the past 10 years, but the introduction of business apps which enable face to face conferences, like Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, Zoom and Skype have proven to be a savior in a time of lockdown, quarantine and social distancing. Anywhere from 2 up to hundreds of people can be on one video conference, electing to show or hide their cameras at certain points of the call as well as turn on & off the microphone to mitigate any background noise with large groups.

This communication tactic has been integral for Australian companies this year, especially going through processes like onboarding interviews, training days, project management with interstate teams, and of course to host interactive presentations with the ability to screen share all Microsoft Office programs. It has been KEY to the facilitation of event management, an industry with many moving parts, all adjusting to a virtual service.

Video conferencing is regarded as ‘the next best thing’; here’s why

Being able to visually view the people you are communicating with on a video conference with, not only aids visual learners, but also provides the ability to interpret human expression, tone and personality where it may otherwise be missed through an audio-based platform like teleconferencing. Particularly important when companies need to address large scale groups for informative reasons or training purposes, where correct interpretation of the message being conveyed is crucial – something all businesses forced to work from home in 2020 can understand.

Creating a virtual environment where you have both the visual and auditory experience of communicating substantially increases engagement levels for participants attending video conferences, like meetings or workshops. At Alive we have been able to create virtual workshops through video conference technologies where the speaker, and all event attendees are shown through their cameras almost like a live audience. Think Ted Talk but the chairs in the audience are computer screens, and the speaker on stage is actually in a studio!

How to elevate your video conferencing vibes with Alive

Alive have a range of video conferencing capabilities that we work into our virtual and hybrid events, we’ve facilitated public speaking events, workshops and virtual conferences by enabling live streaming to the masses of one main speaker, often popular with business summits & company-wide addresses. We elevate this service using well-lit TV studios and high quality camera equipment to provide a clear, concise presentation. Attendees are then able to insert themselves virtually with their own computer cameras into the event, seeing the other guests as well as the main stage presentation. Interactivity is also a huge part of video conferencing in 2020, being able to engage in quiz’s and games within a video conference is another fantastic element that this communication channel brings for all involved, and has been popular from a company stand-point as well as personal entertainment with family and friends. Let Alive inspire your next video conference with integrated games and studio quality video content!