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Video Conferencing: 5 differences between free and paid tools

Posted on Mon, Mar 24, 2014

VMRHave you noticed that employees sometimes spend more time travelling to and from a meeting than they do in the actual meeting itself? That’s a shame, because they could have accomplished a lot of work during that time they wasted on travelling. Have you ever thought about video conferencing? It not only saves you a lot of time, it also delivers significant savings in travel expenses.

Whenever you think about using video conferencing, you probably wonder what the difference is between free and paid tools. Both offer video and sound, and they are managed via the cloud. However, there are important differences between them.

This article will show you the five most significant differences between free and paid tools for video conferencing.

1. Level of quality and reliability
The first difference is that free tools do not guarantee performance. This means that you cannot simply assume that the quality is always good or that the tool is always available when you need it. This is something that Talk & Vision highly values. After all, how annoying and unprofessional is it if the sound or video fades in and out during your online meeting or if the meeting cannot continue at all? Talk & Vision fully guarantees quality and reliability. We ensure that you have the highest video and sound quality at all times, no matter where in the world you are located.

2. Communicate with multiple people
To truly harness the cost savings and increase productivity with video conferencing, you need complete video conferencing solutions. Every type of meeting or work situation demands a different video meeting. Talk & Vision offers a complete portfolio of video solutions, including virtual meeting rooms for meetings with multiple participants at a time, as well as video conferencing software for mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones. You can organise one-on-one meetings, but you can also set up meetings with more than one person at a time. The quality will still be excellent, even with a large group of participants, while a free tool does not have enough capacity for this type of meeting.

3. Capability to invite participants
There is not a single free video tool available that gives you the capability to invite additional participants for a video meeting. With the Talk & Vision software, you can easily invite (guest) participants, regardless of whether or not they have a video tool. You invite your guests via an e-mail with instructions and a URL, where they can log in as a guest.

4. Share content and hold a video meeting at the same time
A few free video tools allow you to share your screens, but then you cannot use the video screen, which turns the meeting into more of a telephone conference. Talk & Vision gives you the capability to easily share screens while retaining video for the meeting. In this way, it is easy for you to review a presentation with a customer or colleague while still being able to see each other.

5. Level of support and assistance
A free tool provides practically no support for problems, claims no responsibility for faulty service or for any planned or unplanned downtime. This is clearly in stark contrast to the service provided by Talk & Vision. We offer support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Furthermore, Talk & Vision has data centres all over the world and – unlike a free tool – provides full security for all meetings.

In a nutshell: if you ascribe high value to professionalism, quality and reliability during your video meeting, we recommend that you do not use free video tools. There is a reason these free tools were designed for personal use. Give our professional video tool a go with a free trial account. After all, seeing is believing!

Tags: cloud, videoconferencing, virtual meeting room