what are the best options & cost effective hardware for video conferencing

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what are the best options & cost effective hardware for video conferencing?

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Any decent computer today will handle video conferencing.

The machine needs to be Intel i5 or better.
Memory needs to 8 GB or more.
Operating System needs to be Windows 10 Pro 64-bit.
Needs an onboard camera (better than aftermarket).
Needs a good microphone ( external top grade if you are running the conference).
Needs good speakers (possibly external if you are running the conference).

I do video conferencing with Adobe Connect, Skype, and Skype Meetings (web based).

The main "gotcha" with this is the user's microphone - it normally needs to be muted unless you are speaking. Your miscellaneous noises get picked up.

Like I said: Any decent computer like the above.
William FulksIT Services Analyst

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For one-on-one stuff, a laptop with a camera built in, or an added USB webcam is all you need.

If you're doing groups, you can still setup a webcam then maybe connect to an external larger monitor or even a projector. Depends on how many people are involved.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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The one-of vs. groups is not clear from above. Simple all in one laptop serves as one-of

For large groups, same computer but large camera, monitor, and speakers are better.
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Hard to answer, since we don't know if you are talking for one person one station or a group, like a conference room to another conference room?  to other individuals? Both?  

In a conference room, you need a good quality microphone(s) sized for the room and participants the expected activity,  along with a high quality camera(s) (might want pan, zoom and tilt features too)    You can use one or more large screen monitors/TVs inexpensively up to 65",  Bigger will be more $.  Make sure all gear is compatible.  I suggest using HDMI and single channel audio.  (for mikes and speakers)  

Although you can get PCs to work in very large environments (think auditorium) to broadcast, If its going to be two way, you will need multiple cameras, wireless mikes, audio/video switch/control panels.  This scenario needs operators to manage the cameras, mikes and controls.

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