What is the difference between HD vs. standard video conferencing?

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In the business world, as in life, every little advantage helps. As technology continues to offer solutions that allow business owners to stay current in today’s world, having an advantage is becoming even more important.  While traveling to business meetings is still the most common way to get the job done, there are now ways to save money and conduct that meeting via video conferencing. Equipping a business in the computer age is not always cheap. Keeping this in mind, owners and members of management may want to compare and contrast elements of certain products prior to purchase.  For instance, in terms of video conferencing over the Blue Jeans Network would they like to use the High Definition option or the Standard version?


The requirements for video conferencing are essentially the same between the standard definition systems and the relatively new high definition option. Some of the basic elements that owners may want to keep in mind when looking at service options include:

  • Cost. Technology does not come cheaply. Services for an enterprise level system can cost a considerable sum, according to network world. Budget for the cost of the service along with the needed elements.
  • Available Bandwidth. Next to the cost of the service, the amount of bandwidth needed for a conference call is probably the most important unseen component.  The average amount needed for a successful video conference is approximately 800 kilobits per second, according to Biztech.
  • What type of video equipment is needed? The fastest connection in the world is not going to be optimized for video without a camera. SD cameras are still available. For those who are looking at HD though, the number of cameras to choose from continues to grow, according to TechHive. Keep price in mind when searching for a camera solution.


Although engaging in a video conference means having the ability for all parties to see one another, it is just as important, if not more so, to be able to hear all parties involved.  When considering whether to purchase software with high definition sound or not here are a few factors to consider and how both options stack up. Quality The most important aspect of any audio device is the quality of the sound it produces.

  • In terms of standard definition software, users may experience a break in the sound that not only makes hearing the caller difficult, but may be annoying to the other participants.
  • The improved audio quality showcased in a high definition video conference is a direct result of the high-speed internet connection it requires. The crispness will make even the most remote caller feel as if they are in the same room as the rest of the call participants.

Recording Sometimes the audio file of a video conference needs to be recorded to be referenced in the future.

  • Recording audio in a standard situation may result in a file that is not as easy to understand the second time around, depending upon how clear the caller was in the first place.
  • If any part of the audio from the call needs to be recorded either for future reference or another usage, high definition is the best platform to use. Recording in HD allows the material still to be crystal clear and easy to understand whenever it is brought up again, according to TMCnet.

While video conferencing adds a visual element to the conference call experience, it is important for every participant to be able to hear and clearly understand one another.


The other major component of a video conference is the quality. Owners and management members are going to want to consider an important aspect of video prior to purchase, the quality of the output. As consumers become more accustomed to high impact, total immersion viewing at home, they are going to start looking for that same experience at work. The clarity of the picture is important when considering a visual purchase. High definition allows for an extremely clear picture on both ends. It will almost appear as if the participants are in the same room. One important factor to consider when looking at the possible quality of the video output is the network to which the conference system will be attached. If there is not a stable, consistent connection available there may be a chance that high definition will not function properly, leading to the possibility of pixelated feeds or video feeds that are not in sync with their audio. Video conferencing is quickly becoming a norm in business. Choosing the right provider and equipment can go a long way in determining the quality of the experience. Keep a budget and the amount of available bandwidth in mind at all times when considering the available options.

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