December 14 2012

Online Meetings with Skype orFacetime aren’t the only options for businesses wanting to connect with people versus having to travel.  The benefits of video conferencing plus recording meetings, joining multiple people over video at once and sharing a desktop are available to any organization that has a device with a camera, mic, and an internet connection.

pcit internally is starting to record update meetings when staff can not attend.  We use a Webex account and making a video is as simple as pressing the record button on the screen.  The only challenge we have with this is not having a good speakerphone with a good mic can make hearing some in the meeting difficult.  It is possible to even stop and start the record button and create one continuous file.  In the future we will also be recording staff onboarding training and orientation meetings to eliminate the need to complete all of these steps in person.  Any documentation will be recorded by setting the Webex meeting to do desktop sharing.  Now both the video of the trainer and the desktop are recorded in just a few easy steps.  We are also starting to record training for key technologies that we work with on a regular basis.  With this recorded information if a staff member can’t attend the training meeting or documentation isn’t the most practical solution all that is required is viewing the saved video.

For now everyone in our small company shares a single Webex account.  When we want someone to view a video we simply email them a link to that content.  This simple $50 a month service is quickly becoming one of our favorite tools. 

Having used Live Meeting, Webex, GoToMeeting, Skype, Facetime, and Adobe Connect I can say Webex is by far the favourite tool.  Video quality and voice quality always seems to be the best when compared to the other options that we have tested.

Written by Darren Boyer

Darren Boyer

Darren Boyer is the founder and president of pcit.

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