Virtual is the new face-to-face, thanks to video conferencing tools and platforms. Skype, Google Hangouts, WebRTC, and Firefox Hello all find homes in most of organizations looking for uncomplicated ways to become video-enabled. However, Videxio is one step ahead. The cloud video conferencing service eliminates the need for expensive hardware and business-grade video conferencing, as it is supported by data centers around the world.
Why Virtual Panels?
Such platforms are fine for conducting meetings between groups in small or large rooms with or without projection facilities. What if we are talking about an event that needs to be broadcast worldwide? What AV technology can possibly support a panel of speakers organized in say, groups or four or more, for broadcasting? The aptly named virtual panels use video conferencing to make it possible.
Public and private sector enterprises are starting recognize the value of having the technology to broadcast virtual panels. And while an all virtual panel is very convenient, allowing for an expanded the pool of potential speakers, including those who may not be able to travel, a 100 percent virtual panel means panelists don’t get to meet in real life, to shake hands or grab a coffee post-meeting.
PTZ – Recording it Right
Recording a live panel is a challenge – it requires top quality recording equipment including cameras, high-speed Internet connection with the necessary bandwidth, and fantastic AVL arrangements. Capturing your panelists at just the right moment is essential, making a PTZ camera an ideal option. These cameras can be remotely controlled, removing the need for a dedicated camera person. A PTZ camera or Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera moves digitally, and is controlled by a trained professional. The camera is capable of focusing automatically on movements, and stabilizes the pixel variations, allowing for great video images to be recorded. If you’re going that route, here are a few things to beware of: Color distortion, excessive brightness and contrast, and flickering effects.
Virtual and In-Person ‘Combined’ Event
Better known as hybrid events, these panels are often used in tradeshows, conferences, and workshops, where both live and virtual speakers are in attendance. Webcast technologies are used to broadcast the virtual panels or groups of speakers, making it a part of the live event. The participants in the virtual groups also have a complete view of the live event. Recording such events also requires high quality PTZ cameras so that all participants will have clear audio and video.
New technologies are being invented everyday with the aim of optimizing the benefits of AV. Teleconference, video calling, videoconference, virtual meetings, and now virtual panels are just stepping stones to an exciting future in audio visual technology.