How Webcams for TV Transform Group Conferencing

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Way back in August 1994, the first consumer webcam took the world by storm. Called the QuickCam, it had specs that seem laughable today, but were revolutionary for the time. Back then, nobody could have predicted the myriad ways that people would use webcams to broadcast their daily lives, capture natural wonders, and improve their business communications. 

Today, web-enabled cameras are built into products that we use every day, from smartphones to smart homes. These tiny cameras have also transformed video conferences by leaps and bounds, capturing high-definition video and broadcasting it seamlessly over the web. 

In this guide, we explore how today's cutting-edge cameras enhance the UC experience, so that teams feel like they're all in the same room. Designed with ultra-wide angle lenses and AI features, these webcams are improving communication on a global scale. And when paired with a high-definition TV, you can see a business partner's reactions and body language in stunning detail. 
 

How Does a Webcam for TV Improve the Conferencing Experience? 

Better Image Quality
Today's UC cameras capture video in high definition, with auto-focus and lighting correction features that help maintain a quality feed. Typically these days, a webcam for TV will also have a wide-angle lens that allows you to see the entire conference room. With a high pixel count and your entire team in frame, the other party will be able to see each person's expressions in detail. 

More Engaging Conversation
When employees feel like they're talking in the same room during a conference, it makes for a far better conversation. You can perceive non-verbal cues that you wouldn't normally notice with low-quality video. That's what unified communications is all about. Moreover, both parties can see if the other team is paying attention or dozing off. A quality camera allows you to communicate more effectively at every level. 

Build Connections with an Entire Team
Building trust is crucial in the business world, and that's why face-to-face meetings are still so prevalent. However, today's webcam technology is a strong alternative to in-person meetings, and a much better option than an audio call. After all, about 55% of communication is non-verbal. You learn so much more about a person when you can see their face and body language. Video conferences can put your entire team in front of the camera, when it might be prohibitively expensive to fly everyone out for an in-person meeting. 

Share Screens and Collaborate in Real Time
With a webcam for TV setup in your conference room, it's easy to work on projects with teams in other time zones. You can share computer screens with the other party, enable collaboration on documents, and much more. And while you're looking at the computer screen, you'll still be able to see the other team's camera feed. 
 

What's Coming Next in the Webcam World?

Conferencing cameras are getting smarter and more detailed, with AI-powered features that will continue to improve video collaboration. For example, Yamaha and Huddly have recently partnered to bring AI cameras into more conference rooms. Their first joint venture is the Collaboration Kit, which comes bundled with an ESB-1080 Enterprise Sound Bar and a Huddly IQ camera. This AI-powered camera has a feature called Genius Framing. It uses machine learning to determine how many people are in the conference room, and then auto-zooms for the best possible framing. 

Since they're powered by data analytics and a machine learning algorithm, AI cameras will only get better over time. For instance, the Huddly IQ will add new features with software updates that improve the conferencing experience. When paired with an immersive sound bar like the ESB-1080, your office can enjoy unified communications on a grand scale.

To learn more or purchase a video sound bar, visit our Yamaha Collaboration Kit with Huddly IQ product page.

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