In order to take advantage of Videoconferencing you need the right ingredients or tools. There are some basic components that anyone, whether an organization, educational facility or individual needs before they can communicate with others using Videoconferencing technology.
Of course the most basic piece of equipment necessary is a camera. A camera will allow a user to capture video information at their site and transmit it to someone at another site. Parties using Videoconferencing will also need a video display to display the video at their site, a microphone to hear the video and speakers to play the audio material.
Most Videoconferencing terminals also require what is called a codec or Compressor/Decompressor interface. This piece of equipment helps compress information being passed from audio to video to make transmission of materials feasible over the Net. Without this piece of equipment most files would be too large to send from one computer to another. The process of compression data using a codec machine is often referred to as decoding and encoding information.
Finally, a computer and reliable internet connection are also necessary to facilitate Videoconferencing. A high speed connection is recommended to make the Videoconferencing experience not only endurable but also enjoyable. The actual computer you have is not as important as the size of your display. Remember that when using Videoconferencing equipment, the larger your display the better your picture and the more easily a time you will have ‘conferencing’ with other people on the Web.