The growth in technology has led to the advancement of several modes of communication. There has been a big change in audio and video communication method. Audio and video conferencing communication method has to have two or multiple participants. This method of communication is mostly used in conferencing, boardroom meetings and several other gatherings. Below is a highlight of some of the notable differences between the two modes of communication.
While using audio conferencing, it is necessary to have a good quality telephone and a clear network reception for the audio to be successful. Audio conferencing does not require network connection. With video conferencing, you need a high-speed internet connection as well as compatible devices for each and every participants in the video call.
Another difference is that video conferencing requires equipment and tools such as microphone, a personal computer with web camera, speakers and many more as need be. Audio conferencing do not require all those tools, just a telephone handset.
Participants in a video conferencing can see each other face-to-face and can share graphics, presentations, etc. If there will be need to discuss any file, presentation etc. in an audio conference, participants will be required to have shared the file before the start of the conference as they will not be seeing each other.
The set up for audio conferencing is different from the video conferencing. In an audio conferencing, you do not have to worry about the environment, lighting, etc. as the conference call can take place within any set up. The people in the video conference should be in a well-lighted environment so as the video call can be clear to everyone.
There are advantages and disadvantages to this mode of communication. One of the pros is that it allows users to download software that is easy to use over the internet to communicate easily. One can be able to join in the conference from any part of the world, therefore allowing them to participate in classes, church, board meetings etc. even when they are far away.
The mode of communication saves time and costs as participants do not have to travel to one location for a meeting.
One disadvantage of video conference is that it requires high-speed internet which can be a challenge at times, leading to an interruption during the conferencing. Audio conferencing also requires clear network for users to be able to use the telephone effectively. All participants in this mode of communication will be required to have equipment and tools of quality standard so as to be able to communicate effectively, without any hindrances.
Sometimes, it becomes a challenge to participate in a conferencing especially when there are users with no know how on how to use some gadgets such as microphone, or have others sharing a computer in a video conferencing.