The Ultimate Guide to Video Conferencing

Video Conferencing is the Modern Way to Communicate

There is a shift in the workplace. According to the State of the Remote Work, 52% of employees work from home at least once per week.

There’s an obvious uptick in employees’ expectation for flexibility, and with that comes a change in the tools and services we need for success. Specifically, companies are increasing investment in resources that make employees equally effective no matter where they are located -- whether that’s in the office, on the road, or at home.

The first step in this journey is the move to video for communication. By using video to capture meetings and conversation, attendees both in the room and outside now have access to the essential visual context needed for successful communication: facial expressions, body language, and context cues.

Video brings conversations to life.

It doesn’t matter if it is a meeting with 1 or 1,000 people, adding video makes the conversation drastically more dynamic. Video conferencing can be used to enhance meetings and interactions businesses are already doing on a daily basis.

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Best Video Conferencing Software

Owl Labs’ mission is to make teams and remote employees feel more connected (in our case, via our 360° video conferencing camera), and so it’s essential that we understand which software solutions support our customers best. Here is an overview of the best video conferencing software with a breakdown of features our customers care about the most.

 

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Best for Brainstorming

Does your team do a lot of brainstorming? These solutions are great for teams sharing ideas with their whiteboarding and annotation features. It helps guide the conversation for both the people in the room and your remote employees.

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Socially Connected

Want to stay in touch with your audience? If social media is important, these forward thinking solutions allow streaming to YouTube Live, Facebook Live, etc..

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No Download Necessary

Don’t want to download software? No problem, these solutions offer browser-based meetings that don't require users to download the software to their computer before starting their meeting.

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Free for All

Low on budget? There are free video conferencing services available as well, these solutions have a starter plan that can get you started at no cost.

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Very Comprehensive

Looking for the video conferencing software that has it all? Compared to everyone, these solutions all provide the most robust amount of features.

Software Agnostic

The Meeting Owl works with most cloud-based video conferencing platforms. The following video conferencing platforms are fully supported by Owl Labs, meaning they are tested with each software release to confirm compatibility:

  • Google Hangouts
  • Google Meet
  • Go To Meeting
  • Skype
  • Skype for Business
  • Zoom

The following platforms have been tested to work with the Meeting Owl as of December 2017:

  • Appear.in
  • BigBlueButton
  • Blackboard Collaborate
  • Bluejeans
  • Cisco Spark
  • Cisco WebEx
  • HipChat
  • IBM Connections Cloud
  • Open Broadcaster Studio
  • RingCentral
  • Slack*
  • Ubiety
  • VidyoConnect