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3 Reasons to Upgrade Your Video Conference Equipment to 4K Video

You’ll be Future Proofing Your Communications

3 Reasons to Upgrade Your Video Conference Equipment to 4K Video

It's not that long ago when holding a video conference call could be a painful experience that sometimes wasn't worth the trouble.  Fast Internet speeds, rapid improvement in camera technology, and advances in video encoding technology has made high-resolution communication over the Internet reliable, easy, and accessible through many software platforms. 

But just as 4K TVs – with quadruple the resolution of standard high definition TV – are now inexpensive and mainstream, 4K video conferencing is on the brink of becoming mainstream too. Portable devices like smartphones and laptops go through faster upgrade cycles than other equipment, so it is in these products that we have seen camera resolution and communication capability rapidly advance, bringing the ability to hold 4K calls.  As these devices sell in the many millions, they make it cheaper to incorporate the same advances into business equipment.  In the past couple of years, vendors such as Logitech, Aver, Panacast, and even Dolby have introduced 4K capable conferencing equipment for the meeting room.

You might ask – why do I really need 4K video conferencing equipment for my Irving meeting rooms?  Isn’t HD good enough?  Perhaps, but we have some compelling reasons why you would want to upgrade your existing installation.

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Higher Resolution Means Better Cameras

4K cameras use higher resolution sensors. The advances in digital sensor technology have advanced photography more in the last 20 years than in the 100 years before that. Higher resolution means sharper pictures and more information captured.  So even if you don’t use 4K in your videoconference, you are capturing more detail that will make HD images richer. 4K cameras typically capture higher frame rates too, which will make motion appear more natural as well.

Better Zooming Capability

Since 4K cameras capture more detail, it enables digital zooming (doing it in software versus optically with the lens) to provide a higher quality view.  And if you are only using HD video, digital zooming with 4K will yield a sharp picture that loses virtually no quality.

Create Higher Quality Content

If you use your equipment to record events and training videos, the higher resolution and better framerate simply capture more detail, making editing easier.  If you ever look at videos on YouTube, for example, many content creators are using 4K cameras for recording.  The extra detail and dynamic range make the video sharper even if streaming at lower resolutions.  With many devices now having screens that are higher than HD quality – even if not 4K – the content will show better. 

What Do You Need for 4K Videoconferencing?

Of course, we've discussed the camera technology, and that is the obvious first piece.  Beyond the camera, you would want to upgrade the conference room display, which might be a flat panel, a projector, or both.  4K models of both types of displays have come down in price considerably over the past few years, and now is an excellent time to upgrade. 

One of the advantages of higher resolution displays is the ability to do split screens and picture in picture modes that are extremely detailed and sharp because of the added resolution.  And if you are only using HD resolution, those displays will easily accommodate displaying images from various sources with no loss of sharpness or performance. 

The last piece that may warrant an upgrade is your networking infrastructure.  To handle the increased data bandwidth requirements of 4K, you need fast network speeds.  While an HD video stream requires about five megabits/second speeds, 4K video will need anywhere from 15-25 megabits/second, and that range depends on how much motion is going on as well as compression that is applied by software.  So if you have multiple 4K streams that will be happening, you need to ensure your network is up to the task.

Crown Audio-Video has been installing video conferencing equipment in the Irving and Las Colinas business corridor for years.  We can help with every facet of your conference room technology needs. Reach out to us or just click below to be quickly connected to one of our experts.