Video conferencing saves travel time, or cost and creates opportunities. From one to one, or group communication, to training, lectures, corporate messages for employees, sharing conferences with those unable to attend.
They each improve collaboration but bring different practical demands. To maximise the human elements of a video link and to communicate clearly, the right physical layout is required.
Desk to desk video conferencing, boardrooms, conference facilities, or meeting rooms are not the same. How you furnish those spaces influences your message.
A Viable Video Room
A wider shot with a visible background is better than a talking head. You will want the space around you to look professional, to give a good impression of the business to clients and colleagues.
Viewability and eye line are controlled by the height and distance of screens, or cameras, in relation to furniture. Careful lighting from the right direction helps, sitting in front of a window does not.
Sound and acoustics are a key part of designing video conferencing spaces. The quality of sound is as important as the video, factors such as microphone location and acoustic quality of surfaces need care.
How you choose to work during a video requires practical support. Whether you use a split screen, or prefer a second monitor, if document cameras, interactive whiteboards, or flipcharts are to be used.
Furnishing Video Spaces
Planning small details such as whiteboards, remote controls, power points and web connections makes video conversations go smoothly. The right environment is equally important.
Fully adjustable seating allows for different video needs and different people, they can be properly positioned before the camera. The table in front of them needs to be non reflective, as do walls and other surfaces.
Colour schemes can vary, although a neutral approach works well. Strong colours, heavy patterns or stripes tend to distract. Cover for windows helps control light and well positioned, installed lighting more so.
Acoustic treatments for walls, or ceilings reduce vibration, as will rational placement of microphones. Part of detailed design to make video a pleasure.
Support From Morgan Stewart
Where you have systems engineers implementing video conferencing, we will naturally liaise with them. Above all, our designers work closely with you, to understand your business and communication needs.
For video systems installed on PCs, video walls, conference rooms, or simultaneous international transmission, we provide lasting solutions. Every item of furniture and fittings installed by our professional teams.
Video conferencing rooms are now a natural and valuable part of commercial design. Please get in touch if Morgan Stewart Interiors can help you share messages.