Video conference terminology

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I always feel a bit lost when speaking with a different generation than mine or dealing with a new group or particular profession. What are they saying? I know when I’m having a conversation with a non-court reporting professional about court reporting, I can tell the point that I need to speak more in layman terms. The glossed over eyes are a big clue. I get it. 

Every time we start delving into a new technology or new subject matter, we have an entire new list of jargon that we need to become familiar with.  

As we maneuver through transitioning from in-person legal appearances to the new world of remote appearances we are forced to familiarize ourselves with a new world of words and terminology and their meanings. The following is a quick cheat sheet of some language that we should familiarize ourselves with. I hope this helps.  

Bandwidth – is the measurement used to calculate the volume of data transmitted over an internet connection in a given amount of time. Bandwidth should not be confused with speed; it refers to the rate the data travels from the web to our device.  

Broadband – means full bandwidth data transmission. Broadband can translate to refer to any high-speed Internet access that is always on and faster than dial-up access. It will be the fastest internet out of the three classifications: Dial-up, DSL, and Broadband.  

Screen Share ­– within the realm of video conferencing refers to the feature of sharing a video view of either your computer screen or a specific window on your screen with the other participants on the video call.

GCM encryption – is a higher level of encryption better suited for streaming media.  

Virtual hand-raising – is a feature in some video conferencing platforms is a tool to provide nonverbal communication between a meeting attendee to the host.  

VOIP -Voice over IP is a method and group of technologies for sending voice over the internet.  

Near Audio – during a video conference call, your audio going out to the other participants is referred to as the near audio.  

Far Audio – during a video conference call, the audio coming into your computer from the other participants is referred to as the far audio.  

Dual Monitors – refers to having two monitors connected to the same computer. The monitors can mirror each other, or the second monitor can be set just to be an extension of the first monitor. 

Thumbnails – refers to a reduced-size version of an image or video.  

Virtual background – This feature allows you to display an image or video as your background in place of your actual environment during a video conference call.  

Breakout rooms – are sub rooms that can be created within a video conference meeting.  

HD – High Definition is a system for screen display of imagers that are sharper and more detailed than normal, having many more than the standard number of scanning lines per frame.  

A side-by-side mode is a feature in video conferencing that allows the user to view a screen share alongside the video of the presenter or all the participants.

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