24th Sep 2019

Creating a Great Video Conferencing Room

Creating a Great Video Conferencing Room

Like every space, there is a certain artistic element to designing a great video conferencing room. You’ll want to include features that makes it comfortable to use and spend time in and avoid things that could serve as unwanted distractions. Fortunately, many offices already have a space that could easily be transformed into a video conferencing room with just a little work.

What You Should Include in a Conference Room

The best video conference spaces are welcoming, accessible, and most importantly, comfortable. They should have everything a group needs to conduct a successful meeting, interview, or check-in. You can create a great video conference space by keeping these factors in mind:

Improved Lighting

Just like a professional film, lighting makes all the difference when using video equipment. Many offices simply use fluorescent tube lights, or light banks to illuminate their workspaces. While this is more than sufficient for cubicles or factory floors, this is less than ideal for a video conference space. You’ll want to have several different kinds and intensities of light sources in you conference space. Consider adding back lighting behind the sitting area along with wall lighting. These banks of lights will help to cast a more even field of light across anyone who is using the video equipment. They’ll appear more vivid and clear, and those on the other end of the camera will be able to clearly see their facial expressions and body language.

In a similar vein, think about any of the natural lighting that might be filtering into the room. On bright and sunny days, the windows might be allowing too much sunlight into the conference room. This can cast a glare on the screen, making it difficult to see anyone on the other end of the camera. It can also wash out those inside the room, making them appear as indistinct figures to those viewing the video feed. Simply adding curtains or blinds can readily address this problem. These additions have the added benefit of dampening sound from outside, as well as in the room.

Reevaluate Your Surface Coverings

Before you start setting up your new video conferencing equipment, it’s important to look at the floors, walls, and even ceiling of your conference room. If you have hardwood floors, you might want to consider putting down a rug or carpeting. Hardwood floors easily project sound, and the shift of feet, or the rolling of chairs will cut through on your audio in vivid clarity. Carpeting muffles these sounds, ensuring that only your voices are being heard.

Rooms with large, plain, reflective, or shiny walls and ceilings will also bounce sound around more easily than rooms that use dampening panels. You can add acoustic paneling to the walls and the ceiling as a way to dampen any noise. Even something as simple as artwork on the walls can absorb any ambient sound in the room. In general, remember that soft surfaces absorb sound, while hard surfaces amplify them. The quieter a room is, the better the audio quality will be on the video call.

What You Should Avoid in a Video Conference Room

For every great video conference room, there are an equal number of really poor ones. Conference rooms that are stuffy, cramped, and use technology that is hard to access are less likely to be used, letting your investment go to waste, and impacting the productivity of your business. Make sure that you’re offering your clients a welcoming conference space by remembering these concepts:

Avoid Glass

Modern architecture loves the look and feel of glass. Modern businesses love the way it reflects their commitment to transparent business practices. Rooms with lots of glass walls, windows, and tables make sophisticated workspaces, but very poor video conference rooms. Sound easily bounces off of glass, making the room sound like it is echoing on an audio device. The result is that those on the other end of the call are left feeling like your shouting at them from the end of a very long hallway. Glass also has the unfortunate habit of easily reflecting light. This can cause glares on the camera, which can wash out the colors and images in the video feed.

Avoid Bright Colors and Patterns

Rooms that are painted with bold colors and elaborate patterns may be fun to work in, but they can be hard to work with during a video conference call. The colors can strain the eyes of whoever is watching the video feed. It creates a needless distraction that can interrupt the efficiency and effectiveness of the meeting.

Avoid the Center Of The Building

In some cases, this might be unavoidable depending on the space concerns of your business and it’s office. In general, the center of the building is going to be the noisiest part of the building. This is because there are workstations, offices, break rooms, bathrooms, and utility lines all around the room, blasting your video conference space with noise. While acoustic paneling and dampening curtains can help to minimize the noise in the room, you’ll likely get some ambient noise during your conference that can distract and irritate those on the other end of the call.

How Much Space Do You Need For A Video Conferencing Room?

While video conferencing rooms are becoming more popular, some businesses who are small in the literal and figurative sense, feel that a conference room is a luxury that they simply cannot afford or accommodate. The reality is that any business can make use of video conference technology because it is so flexible. Larger spaces can make use of a larger camera and microphone setups, like those offered by Yealink, while smaller businesses might make use of a screen sharing system that allows them to collaborate with faraway partners, like the ClickShare Presentation System from Barco. You can customize your video conference system to the space you have available, even if your office is really just a corner of your living room.

Video conferencing technology can help your business expand in new ways and open opportunities to collaborate with new partners and businesses. If you’re ready to incorporate a video conferencing system into your business, but you’re not sure which system is right for you, connect with our team of specialists. We know our products inside and out and can help you find a video conferencing solution that meets the needs of your business, without breaking your budget. The VideoConference Store is committed to your success and an easy video conferencing experience. Shop our complete collection of products and reach out to us today!

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