Working virtually for months created an explosion in the use of video call platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams. People have been using their phones and laptops to join meetings, which meant each participant shows up full screen on the call from the dedicated camera on their device. Now that businesses are starting to return to work, they’re noticing that the cameras in their meeting rooms aren’t giving the same close-up connection to each user in the room. Face-to-face has turned into face-to-room.
Adding presets to the existing camera, or adding a camera that supports preset views can do a lot to bridge the gap. Some of these cameras have voice or facial tracking capabilities to isolate who’s talking and then zoom in on them to provide that face-to-face feel we’ve grown used to. Adding microphones at each seat can also up your video call game by not only improving audio coverage but also by allowing those microphones to activate preset zoom settings for each seat. There are even extremely cost-effective solutions that allow the camera to “auto frame” participants to create different room views based on the number of people, assuring if half the seats are empty, the camera frames the participants and not the table.