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Video Conferencing (Monica Slevin)

Video conferencing can be a useful way to give or sit in on a lecture remotely, using a computer's camera and microphone to communicate with the other person (or other people) connected to one's computer. 


To video conference on Elluminate: 
1. Make sure any other program that would use your computer's camera is closed -- the computer can only run one computer application at a time. Therefore, you cannot use Photobooth or a similar application while trying to video conference. 
2. Click on the camera icon next to your name on the sidebar. 
3. To include multiple people in the video conference, select "Tools" from the top menu. 
-Beneath that, select "Video" > "Maximum Number of Speakers". 
4. If you are trying to join a video conference, click on the icon of a film reel. This button is on the same sidebar that lists each class member's name, next to a picture of a video camera. 
5. To make one person the "active" member of the conference (i.e., the speaker with the largest square on the screen), click on that person's thumbnail in the video conference box. 
6. To indicate a raised hand, click on the icon of a hand with a green "up" arrow above it, on the same sidebar as the names, film reel, and video camera. 


There are several types of video conferencing. One may use a computer based system, a desktop system, or a studio based system.
A computer based system is the cheapest method, but also has the poorest quality. Much of the software used in this method is free. Computer based would usually be adequate for a one-one-one video conference.
A desktop system involves installing some hardware onto the computer, which improves the quality of the audio and visual features.
A studio based system is the most expensive, but makes up for it in quality. The studio based system includes control systems, document viewers, overhead cameras, vision switchers, and slide viewers, and is usually used for large parties, such as a company's conference call.


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