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See More, Engage More: How Multi-Camera Video Conferencing Can Transform Your Meetings

Hybrid meetings have become a common feature of the workplace, but can result in many employees experiencing tiredness and burnout caused by the overuse of video conferencing platforms. As well as this, users are looking for ways for video conferencing to be more collaborative and to simulate real life experiences.

The good news is that development of video conferencing solutions continues at pace, so that hybrid meetings are more user-friendly, combatting that feeling of being drained after a long day of video calls.

The humble webcam has come a long way, but even the best video conferencing camera may not do justice to your presentation in certain situations. 

Enter multi-camera video conferencing which aims to emulate real-life experiences, helping remote attendees to feel more engaged, improving collaboration within your organisation.

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Problems solved by multi-camera video conferencing

Studies have shown that video conferencing can be more mentally draining than in-person interactions with the term ‘Zoom fatigue’ even making its way into our work vocabulary.

Factors such as increased cognitive load, information overload and a lack of social cues are areas that video conferencing platforms can improve on. Many meetings would benefit from being able to fully engage with those presenting, as well as other remote attendees.

This is where multi camera video conferencing shines. 

Here at Digital Vision AV we’ve been providing video conferencing systems to organisations for decades so we’re always excited to see new solutions come to market. So, let’s explore the possibilities of multi camera video conferencing and the benefits it can bring your business.

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Single Camera vs. Multi-Camera: A Breakdown

The standard webcam view of a static shot of the conference room or your home office. Most would admit it isn’t the most inspiring experience where a lack of non-verbal cues and alternate perspectives can result in a lack of engagement, and dare we say, boredom.

Multi camera video conferencing, on the other hand, introduces multiple viewpoints, offering a more dynamic and engaging experience. A multi camera setup can enhance immersion and engagement between in-person and remote attendees making it a powerful tool for hybrid meetings.

The ability to shift between close-ups of speakers, audience reactions, whiteboards and product demos replicates how attendees would interact in a real-world environment.

As well as this, having multiple cameras provides views which help avoid awkward situations where someone’s back is to the camera, or the presenter is lost in gallery of tiny faces.

But perhaps most importantly, multi-camera video conferences help to bridge the gap between remote and in-person attendees, fostering a more inclusive environment.

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Industries which benefit from multi-camera video conferencing

While video conferencing has become indispensable for today’s remote work landscape with geographically dispersed teams, a single camera view often falls short in industries like manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and education. So, why is a multi camera setup so beneficial in these industries?

Manufacturing

An enhanced video conferencing solution with multiple cameras allows for improved communication across teams. Collaboration between design, production, and sales teams becomes seamless. 

For example, during a presentation, share 3D models or prototypes with remote colleagues using a dedicated camera, ensuring everyone has a clear understanding of the product. 

As well as this, manufacturing companies can use a multi camera setup as part of a virtual training solution by using one camera to show the instructor and another to focus on demonstrations with machinery or technical diagrams, creating a clear and engaging learning experience.

Pharmaceuticals

During crucial meetings with international partners, use one camera for participants and another to focus on presentations, data charts, or drug compounds, promoting clarity and understanding.

Multiple cameras can even be used to enable researchers in different locations to work together on experiments. For example, focusing on specific equipment, chemical reactions, or data displays, fostering real-time collaboration despite physical distance.

Education

Virtual lectures and classrooms can become more engaging with multiple cameras, allowing students to feel more connected by being able to see the entire classroom, whiteboards, and student interactions. 

Lectures which include expert panels or several presenters on stage are also helped by multiple cameras which allow students to have clear views of all participants and presentations.

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How to know if you need multi camera video conferencing

While not every meeting space requires multiple cameras, there are many situations where it can improve the user experience. Here are some common use cases where a multi-camera setup would be beneficial:

Large Conference Rooms

Multiple cameras ensure everyone is seen clearly, including people at the sides and back of the table, ensuring everyone is seen and feels engaged.

Boardrooms

Cameras can focus on individual speakers or whiteboards, improving the clarity and professionalism of presentations.

Meeting spaces with specific layouts

For non-standard room layouts like U-shaped tables or hollow squares, multiple cameras can provide better views of all participants.

Presentations & Training

Showcase presenters, products, and materials with dynamic camera angles that keep viewers engaged. One camera can focus on the presenter, while another can show close-up details of materials or demonstrations.

Lecture Halls and Classrooms

Multiple cameras can provide clear views of the instructor, slides, and audience, enhancing the remote learning experience.

Remote Collaboration

Multi-camera fosters a more natural flow of conversation and visual information sharing in hybrid meetings.

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Multi Camera Video conferencing Equipment

Video conferencing platforms have been working hard to improve the sense of connection between in-person and remote attendees. A multi camera set up has become an important element when it comes to improving user experience and engagement.

Smart and automated switching between cameras using panning, zoom and tilt not visible to remote attendees, provides a seamless and professional viewing experience.

Microsoft Teams introduced Front Row which aims to improve inclusivity by placing all attendees on an equal level, all visible on the screen all the time, as well as fluid components such as agenda and live reactions. Multiple cameras can further enhance the experience by providing wider coverage of the attendees sitting at the table, or allowing additional elements to be displayed alongside the front row view, such as whiteboards or products.

OneRoom is another example of a platform seeking to emulate a real life meeting experience by giving each participant a permanent place in the room, along with features such as spatial audio and perspective cameras. As well as in-room camera tracking to see who is speaking, the multiple camera view provides a unique perspective for each remote participant.

Conference room cameras such as the Yealink UVC84 multi-camera system are ideal for large rooms, allowing seamless and intelligent collaboration with remote attendees who can customise their layout of the enabled room cameras. With Auto Framing technology the UVC84 is able to recognise attendees and frame everyone automatically, taking into account the room size.

For medium sized rooms, Yealink offer the MeetingBar A30, perfect for those looking for a simple and effective multi camera solution to improve collaboration, such as a recent client of ours where we supplied and installed the hugely versatile Yealink A30 and Yealink A20 devices. Dual cameras which deliver a clear visual experience with depth, contained within an all-in-one system, show that multi-camera setups are not necessarily complex AV systems.

At Digital Vision AV, we offer free, impartial advice so for more information on which multi camera products are best for your organisation, contact us today.

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Time to switch to multi-camera video conferencing?

Incorporating multiple cameras enables enhanced immersion for businesses and education, unlocking a dynamic learning and collaboration environment. Communication and training are improved which ultimately leads to increased efficiency, better problem-solving, and a more connected workforce and student body.

Multi-camera conferencing isn’t just technology for technology’s sake – it’s a strategic investment in the future of your business and educational institutions. By fostering a more immersive and inclusive environment, you empower remote teams and enhance learning experiences.

Digital Vision AV are video conferencing experts providing leading multi camera video conferencing solutions so get in touch with us today or simply call us on 01442 620078 to discover how we can transform the way you connect in today’s hybrid world.

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