Live videos streamed online, or video conferencing, provide a great way to exchange ideas in real-time and can contain a huge ton of information that could benefit an organization. However, while advancements in video technology have significantly improved video preparation and consumption, there are still a handful of challenges that you’re likely to encounter with video conferencing and streaming.
- Video reliability or latency hitches
Online video streaming often means serving viewers with high quality video at scale. The last thing you want is the video stream to start lagging or completely drop out at a critical moment.
The good news is, you can use a software-defined content delivery network (SD-CDN), or multi-CDN approach to circumvent latency. Either of these approaches allows you to tap into multiple content delivery networks, ensuring that you can access and stream with the best network when you need it.
- Device compatibility issues
There are quite a few different types and formats for online conference or live-stream videos. A lot of these videos are proprietary in format, which means that viewers can’t play them on most devices without the help of a specialized software.
Not all the people targeted to watch the video you’re recording will have the required software. Fortunately, there are now software that help take the compatibility worry off the table. The software can automatically transcode every recording you capture with your video conferencing solution, including the proprietary types of video file, enabling the video to be played back on just about any device.
You could also utilize newer codecs in your videos to help decode the video files so they can play on various devices without a problem. This can be another great way to navigate device compatibility challenges in recording your video and improve the viewing experience.
- Cutting out or skipping off-topic content
Like any conversation, participants tend to veer off topic every so often in online meetings. When attempting to record such proceedings, you would want to capture only what counts as part of the content or what’s specifically related to the item of discussion.
To avoid documenting every second of a conference, which also helps save on storage, is not always a walk in the park.
With advancements in cloud technology, there are now online video editors with basic editing tools such as those at GetCloudApp which allow you to remove those initial parts of your online conference or just cut out irrelevant or unwanted parts of the video conversation from your recording. Some of these solutions even allow you to splice important parts from multiple conferences together into a single record. This means that you can pull together various related pieces of conversation streamed separately into one video recording.
- Bandwidth limitations
An average modern viewer expects a high-quality video stream, which means watching the content in the highest available resolution.
To live up to this expectation becomes hugely challenging when you’re recording a video because then you have to think with the viewer in mind. How do you ensure that your high-resolution video maintains its quality during streaming when the network is supporting only a limited bandwidth? This takes figuring out a way to achieve video compression without losing its quality during streaming. Often, the solution is to use the newer codecs such as HEVC, AV1 and VP9 that have great compression capabilities.
Well, as you can see, there is a workaround to every one of these challenges, so don’t let any of them impede your video streaming or online meeting experience.