Integrating web cam or video into web conferences has several advantages. For presentations and sales demonstrations, web cam and video bring a personal touch, giving audience members a face to respond to, as opposed to a voice alone. For more interactive types of web conferences, such as whiteboard sessions and collaborative meetings, web cam and video can improve information by allowing meeting attendees to perceive and express through facial mannerisms and gesticulations, greatly reducing misunderstandings caused by poorly contextualized responses and delays, which are more quickly perceived in video and web cam settings, as opposed to telephony where it can come across as disinterest or silent objection or agreement.

Below are several tips to successfully integrating and using web cam and video in web conferences:

Insure that the program or service is compatible with the web cam technology or video player type. This also includes ensuring browser compatibility. As different browsers are written or function on different coding languages, it is important to make sure that video and web cam feeds will be seen by attendees, as well as perceived by other attendees if such privileges are granted. Many Web Conferencing services offer compatibility test tools. Users can also test this by using the test mode or practice mode if available in the program.

Make adjustments to display interface for size and position of webcam feeds. Additional adjustments can be made to resolution and frame rate for optimal presentation. Some programs have adjustment tools built into the program pane. However, even if programs have this, it is helpful to make the proper or necessary adjustments in the user monitor settings.

If users are experiencing problems with concurrent webcam and audio feeds, check bandwidth consumption levels and make adjustments where necessary. For some users, audio and video can lack full duplex support, which can result in "noise" and other feedback-related problems.

Designate participants that are to be given webcam broadcasting privileges before the meeting begins. End of Meeting Q&A sessions are, generally, a better environment for expanded multi-point web conferencing.

When conducting leader-synchronized browsing, it is recommended to suspend webcam functionality to improve screen sharing speed.

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