Compare Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, and Webcasts
Choose the best option for your collaborative experience
Consider the type of meeting you are conducting.
- Do you need participants to collaborate?
- Do you need participants to be able to speak up during the meeting?
- Do you want your remote participants to join each other in a single location?
- Do you want your participants to be able to join and contribute from their personal/work devices?
Often chosen for distance learning, trainings, or meetings between many individuals joining and participating from their personal devices. Participants may join through VOIP (Voice over IP) or via phone. Web Conferencing allows for video, audio, and content sharing.
participants to be able to join and contribute from their own devices for lectures, remote meetings, and trainings.
- Your participants are not supposed to speak.
- The number of participants exceeds 50.
Webinars allow for remote audience participation through chats, Q/A, and polling systems.
presenting video, audio, and content in one direction to a group of remote participants, whether or not there is an in-room audience as well.
You want participants to speak up verbally.
Traditional Room-Based Conferencing
This method uses physical room systems, or Zoom Rooms. It requires two or more locations to be equipped with specialized equipment to provide full video and audio connections between the locations.
- Meetings between two or more groups of people.
- Great if you want all of your remote participants to join each other in a single location.
You do not have two or more locations equipped with full video and audio setups.
A Webcast is much the same as a Webinar in that it is a single point of video, audio, and content being shared to a remote audience. It differs in the fact that usually there is no collaborative aspect and participants do not interact with the Webcast.
Broadcasting audio, video, and shared screens to a remote audience.
You want your participants to collaborate with you or with each other.