Quality can vary among services. Free and consumer-grade apps can result in poor picture quality, pixilation and bandwidth hiccups, which can be distracting during meetings. But as soon as you step up to enterprise quality HD video conferencing, you’ll benefit from seamless and lifelike picture quality and audio that really makes you feel like your conversation is taking place in the same room, even if the people you’re talking to are thousands of miles apart. For best results, we recommend maintaining 720p30 at a bandwidth of 700 Kbps (up and down speeds). For even better quality, increase your bandwidth to 1.2 Mbps for 1080p30 quality.
Will I be able to show the other person what’s on my screen, share documents with them or edit documents in real time?
That’s a big yes to all of the above. Anyone in a meeting can share his or her screen to show a presentation or bring up a document to edit and update in real time. As a result, video conferencing can really streamline everything from training seminars to informal status meetings. For more on screen sharing, check out our latest blog on Real-Time Collaboration and the Importance of 1080P Data.
Yes. We currently offer group calling for up to 50 different participants, which could be 50 people dialing in from their laptops or phones, 50 different video conferencing systems full of people or some mix of individuals and video conferencing systems. And depending on your preferences, there are some different layout options for how you want to view those larger group calls. Check out our blog on Taking Control of Your Meeting Layouts for more information
The Lifesize® Icon 600™ and Lifesize® Icon 800™ both support multiple displays so you can view a full-screen presentation on one monitor and video participants on another. The Lifesize® Icon 400™ and Lifesize® Icon 450™ support only one monitor as they’re designed for smaller huddle room spaces. The Lifesize desktop app for Mac® and PC is compatible with multiple screens, as is the Lifesize Web App.
Yes. Every Lifesize user has the ability to send unlimited guest invites. This can be done from a Microsoft® Outlook® add-in or a Google Calendar™ extension or from within the Lifesize App Schedule menu. And if users have their own Lifesize accounts, they can just add guests to their directory and call them directly.
Most laptops and monitors come with built-in cameras—these work great for the Lifesize App. For meeting room spaces, we have video conferencing systems and cameras that are specifically designed for small huddle rooms, conference and boardrooms, and large auditorium spaces. You can check out the Lifesize Icon Series Guide for more information on the different meeting room systems.
What’s the difference between web conferencing and video conferencing?
Both web and video conferencing solutions take the concept of multiway communication and attempt to create a more engaging and productive experience. Web conferencing works great for broadcasting a single speaker’s speech to a large audience, but if quality, reliability and dialogue are important to you, nothing beats video conferencing. Check out our recent blog, Everything You Need to Know about Web Conferencing vs. Video Conferencing, for more information.
With video, the only real thing to consider is the time zone of the person you’re calling. The call is connected via the Internet. Our solutions also offer voice-only calling so you can still connect even when you aren’t able to be on video. We have toll-free numbers in more than 60 countries for international audio conferencing.
For the 100 million enterprise users on Skype for Business (formerly Lync), we’ve made it easy for them to call directly from their native app to connect to Lifesize meetings without having to download another app. Check out how it works in our blog, Lifesize and Skype for Business.
Security features vary by vendor. We offer industry-leading network reliability, security and firewall traversal to ensure that your meeting is accessible only to people you’ve invited, and not unwanted third parties. Check out our Network Reliability and Security page for more information about our secure video conferencing solution.