Video Conferencing and Teleconferencing are two models of virtual meetings, which have become quite popular in the past few years. This is because they allow people to communicate and work with each other without being present in the same room. Web conferencing software like Zoom has simplified things further as they have reduced the cost of communication to practically nothing.
Online Video Conferencing and Teleconferencing are quite different from each other on multiple levels. Though both are ultimately used for online business meeting, these differences give one an edge over the other, though both have their plus points.
To help you choose, here are some of the major differences between video conferencing and teleconferencing:
1) Audio or Visual
Video conferencing, as the name suggests, allows people to see each other as well as hear each other. Teleconferencing, on the other hand, only has audio. You can pick one depending on the kind of conference you need to have. Both video conferencing and teleconferencing have their pros and cons.
Teleconferencing allows you to be a part of a virtual meeting even while you’re on the move. As for Web Video Conferencing, one cannot participate in such a conference while traveling as other participants can see your surroundings. If you do participate in a video conferencing while traveling, not only is it disrespectful, it can also prove to be distracting to the people on the video call with you.
3) Number of Participants
More people can participate in a video conference than in a teleconference. In a teleconference, if there are more than a handful of people, things become a lot more chaotic. They are more useful for smaller groups and quicker discussions. However, in a video conference, people are able to stay more disciplined. This is because of certain video meeting tools that are offered by Zoom. These tools split the screen for multiple participants, while automatically focusing on the one speaking. Participants can also mute themselves if they aren’t speaking reducing the amount of chaos that is caused.
In video conferences through zoom, participants can also be divided into Zoom rooms, where a smaller group can discuss topics effectively or even discuss different things. This creates space for lengthier, more effective discussion and brainstorming. However, this is not possible with teleconferencing as conference calls allow only for one main group.
5) Effectiveness and support
Zoom video conferencing technology also makes sharing presentations, data and reports easier through features like screen sharing and interactive whiteboards along with other collaboration tools while being on the video call. This makes it much easier for people to be on the same page, figuratively and literally. In teleconferencing, you have to be a little more old-fashioned with a separate device or a paper file with the information in front of you. While both types of virtual business meetings are effective, video conferences allow you to have visual support for your information in a more convenient manner.
If you can have everything in the one solution for all communications then it will be easier to support, easier to manage and easier for user to use. adoption is critical to success of rolling out a system which works every time.