Top Video Conference Solutions (Part II)

How To Pick The Best Video Conferencing Software

Video conferencing software allows people to connect face to face without being in person.

The advantages of making your business a little more video-centric are great, having become this aware of the creative power of video content and its huge impact on human communication. Coping with it successfully, however, remains a difficulty in commercial environments, where face-to-face communication still rules the throne of efficient performance.

The truth is that basing your revenue-generating process on video communication gets only as real as you want it to be. You don’t really realize the meaning nor the purpose before it gets absolutely indispensable. In terms of indispensability, globalization is really plenty enough to explain why every big corporation has to install the best video conferencing tools ASAP.

Video-Conferencing Software: The online meeting experience

In the ideal case, the best video conferencing tools enable the initiation and organization of meetings online, having at the same time audio and video transmitting, and exchange of textual files and content in multiple formats. The largest beneficiaries of video conferencing are big companies interested in collaborating with global clients and partners in order to make their work more productive, as well as reduce travel costs.

What makes video conferencing software tools more attractive in comparison to web conferencing is that developers have outdone themselves by replicating real-time meetings, giving every participant a seat and an opportunity to participate by “raising a hand.”

The cherry on top is possibly that advanced conferencing systems allows numerous types of communication at once. This means as a participant, you can refer to the entire group or a particular member with private chat. You can even be the only one who is not physically present in the room where the conference is being held.

Communication is instant, available with all devices and translated in every needed language. Best of all, participants get to decide whether they want to use the audio bridge to communicate with the rest of the group or join face-to-face.

 

Top Video Conference Solutions (Part I)

There are many different ways to video conference with others.

Video conferencing software can be used by users in different spots to have live conferences. The solution can transmit audio, text, and video. The key advantage is you can interact with users anywhere on the globe and reduce travel costs. The software lets users collaborate and share files. Two participants can use a point-to-point system while a multi-point solution is necessary if the number of participants goes over two. Your computer needs to have headphones, a microphone, and a web camera to use video conferencing software.

Advanced systems have features like the capability for real-time screen sharing, record meetings, and remote desktop control. Other useful functionalities are mobile access, cloud storage, and encryption. Read below for reviews of the top video conferencing systems in the market.

Lifesize

A suite of highly-interoperable video conferencing and virtual meeting room solutions that improve communication, collaboration, and productivity.

Workplace by Facebook

Collaboration tools built on the most famous social network.

Skype

Skype is a software application whose voice, text, and video tools make it easy to share experiences with the folks that matter to you, regardless of where they are.

Zoom

Zoom is a simple video conferencing software that encourages collaboration through an integrated system of group messaging, web conference, and online meeting.

Cisco WebEx

Cisco WebEx is a web conferencing software that aids users to hold online events and meetings and serves as a team workspace.

GoToMeeting

GoToMeeting is a web conferencing and online meeting tool perfect for connecting people and teams and getting them all together in one spot.

HighFive

High Five is a video conferencing tool that offers versatile solutions for carrying out online meetings and conferences simpler and more pleasurable.

Zoho Cliq

Cliq is a team collaboration and messaging app from the Zoho software suite, provided in free and premium editions.

Why Music Videos Are Still Relevant

Music videos have and still are popular.

We may not be living in the golden age of MTV any longer, but music videos still have a vital place in our cultural landscape.

In the 90s directors like Spike Jonze and Chris Cunningham were putting millions of dollars into 5-minute segments. Michael and Janet Jackson’s video for their 1995 track, Scream, is still the most expensive music video ever reported at a cost of seven million.

But today music channels are just as important as compact discs. YouTube is the new MTV, and folks are more likely to watch a music video because a celebrity tweeted about it then because they came across it while channel surfing. Yet, music videos are becoming even more and more like films. It hasn’t slowed down with the demise of music television.

Music videos can be used to introduce interesting, underground or lesser-known concepts such as the Dev Hynes and Neneh Cherry video for He, She, Me. The clip doubles up as a campaign film for Selfridges’ new gender-neutral pop-up store, and at the same time rips up gender binaries by creating a stylish queer utopia of androgynous vogueing club kids.

The Importance of Music Videos

Though, it could be argued that music videos only have a crucial position when the songs or artists are popular and have lots of radio play. With the excitement of the release of a new single comes the wait for an amazingly filmed music video.

An example would be the unfathomable hype that came with the release of Beyonce’s “Lemonade.” The power of this album resided not only in lyrics filled with social commentary but also in the film counterpart that gave listeners a complete visual which was why the work was called a visual album.

Music videos still exist for themselves and are still loved as an independent art form, like the music itself.

The Pros and Cons of Using Video Cameras in the Classroom

 

Cameras in schools have their advantages if they’re used correctly.

We have seen an increase in the use of video cameras in classrooms, from administrators putting cameras throughout school buildings and premises to students bringing in and using recording devices such as their tablets, smartphones, or computers.

Based on what is being recorded, how it is being shared and protected, and the purpose of its use/viewing, cameras in the classroom can be considered a good thing or a threat to the learning environment. Below is some information on the advantages and cautions of using video cameras in the classroom.

To support proper student behaviors

Benefit: Let teachers and students review video to discuss proper behavior choices and classroom behaviors that need to change and improve.

Caution: Adults must not just rely on camera footage to view student behavior. Teachers must maintain positive student-teacher interactions and practice correct proximity and monitoring of students in classrooms and common areas such as the cafeteria, hallways, etc.

Benefit: Let professionals collect data, create operational definitions of behaviors pertaining to individual students and practice inter-rater dependability for functional behavior assessments (FBA) and behavior intervention plans (BIP).

Caution: Data collection by itself won’t change a student’s behavior. Teachers must continue to teach expectations and student coping strategies.

Benefit: Some schools are reporting a good effect on lessening the incidents of bullying in schools where cameras are put in hallways and other common areas. Districts are seeing a diminishing in the number of complaints coming in from students, parents, and teachers.

To better teacher practice

Benefit: Teachers can review videos of a lesson taught to assess for strengths of lessons and areas for enriching.

Caution: Some school administrators have used security cameras to check teachers’ time coming and leaving school. This could be seen as a violation of privacy.

What You Need to Know About Nanny Cams (Part II)

But before you get and use a home security camera, here’s what you have to know and must do.

There are some places in your home where nanny cams can’t be installed like the bathroom.

State laws on home security cameras differ. Know the law in your state

It’s perfectly legal to put a home security camera in a residence in every state. though, the laws that dictate how and what you can record differ from state to state, and audio recordings and video recordings are usually treated differently under the law. Some states don’t need you to get consent from the nanny or notify him/her first, but some do mandate this.

Lawyers who specialize in nursing home abuse and neglect state that laws are also different if you plan to record at a nursing home or retirement community where there might be issues with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and patient privacy laws.

If you’re unsure of laws about home security cameras in your state, it recommended that you meet with a criminal defense attorney.

Keep privacy in mind

The main part of privacy laws that affect home security cameras hinges on something referred to as the expectation to the right of privacy.

The places where folks do have an expectation of privacy in your home are in a bathroom or a place they may change clothes which could be a bedroom for a live-in caregiver. So, while it’s typically okay to set up cameras in a kitchen, living room, or exterior of your home, you’ll probably get in trouble for setting up a camera in a spot where the average person would have an expectation of privacy.

Have a talk with your caregiver

To set a clear expectation of where there isn’t and is privacy, it’s smart to tell a nanny up-front about the cameras. In fact, it might be legally required to disclose your cameras in some jurisdictions. Also, if you don’t tell them and only bring it up later when you’re pointing out something they did wrong, the nanny could be unpleasantly surprised.

 

 

 

What You Need to Know About Nanny Cams (Part I)

Nanny cams give parents peace of mind that their child is receiving appropriate care.

With recent advancements in smart cameras and home monitoring technology, home security cameras are increasing in popularity these days. In fact, it’s estimated that over 20 million Americans will have smart security in their homes by next year.

While it’s one thing to purchase a smart camera such as a Nest Cam or Canary to monitor for things like burglary, there are points you need to ponder if you want to use your camera to watch over a nanny or caregiver in your home. To begin, there are laws that could limit what you’re able to record. You should also know that using a smart camera could affect your relationship with your nanny or caregiver.

Still, you might decide that having the information a home security camera offers is crucial to you and your family. Some parents use nanny cams throughout their homes when they hire a new nanny to watch over their children. You can tell how a nanny will react when a child stresses them out which is vital to your child’s wellbeing.

One parent stated that when she installed a nanny cam, the dad saw the nanny yank on the child’s hair. The nanny actually grabbed her by the ponytail and threw her aside and she began to cry. Needless to say, the nanny was fired.

Plenty of parents let sitters and nannies know up-front that they have installed nanny cams around their home. It’s really about having peace of mind and safety for the child and parents when their children are in the care of someone else. Simply letting caregivers know they’re being watched can be enough to correctly influence their behavior.

The goal isn’t to catch somebody doing something wrong. The goal is to stop it. Plenty of today’s businesses have dummy cameras to psychologically tricking folks into being on their best behavior.

Buying a Vehicle Online: What You Need to Know

You can now skip the car lot and purchase the vehicle you love online.

The normal car buying process deflates even the most eager buyer. Spending hours walking around a dealers’ lot, going back and forth on price with the salesperson, and then going over all the facts and figures with the manager usually takes hours of time and stressful conversation.

No wonder that studies have shown that over 54% of car buyers would consider buying a car online. There are secrets to all auto transactions. But online auto buying rules are presently developing. Think about these pros and cons when it comes to online car shopping to decide if you’re ready to take the online leap.

Do your homework

Online car-buying delivers some real advantages over standard methods like finding the car you want at a lower price than you might get from a local dealer. An online car site recently published a report on the most affordable and the most expensive cities to buy a car. Therefore, expanding your car search beyond local dealers typically makes good financial sense.

But conduct due diligence before you start to work with a dealership. Consider how long the dealership has been in business. Check out online reviews and comments. Search the online archives of the newspapers in their areas for any negative or positive news stories. You should be able to rapidly decide if the car dealer is trustworthy and reputable.

Know exactly what you’re buying

One of the most common mistakes made by online car shoppers is to swiftly accept a low price. Yes, we all want a bargain, but buyers are sometimes surprised to learn what the dollar didn’t buy them, particularly when leasing. Sometimes you pay a little more, but you get much more. You might pay a few dollars higher, but you could receive much more customer service than you would from other dealerships.

How to Become a Storm Chaser (Part II)

Become a storm chaser for the enjoyment and not for the money.

If you want to work as a storm chaser for your profession, it’s vital to know that most folks in this vocation don’t make a lot of money. Some folks do become a storm chaser full time, they sell video recordings and photos to media agencies to make their income. They have to put in a lot of what they make into equipment and travel costs.

If there aren’t any storms, they don’t make any money. The average salary for this sort of storm chaser is $18,000 annually. Storm chasers usually support themselves with a second job or will only work as a storm chaser during the storm seasons.

Other storm chasers are really meteorologists who chase storms as a part of a research project or as a part of a bigger job description. For example, they may be a college instructor or work for the weather service or spend a couple of months a year chasing storms and collecting data. To be a meteorologist, you will need to have a bachelor’s degree in science as well as a postgraduate degree in meteorology.
Storm Chaser Job Description

When you become a storm chaser, you will be looking for severe weather patterns. Typically, you will begin with a report that severe conditions are expected in a certain area. Most often with a crew and specialized equipment, you’ll go out to the site and attempt to reach the storm. This involves predicting its behavior and direction.

At the site of the storm, there are many things a storm chaser may do. They might set up meteorological equipment to take different readings and data. They may take video and photographs of the storm. They will usually report to authorities via radio the severity and direction of the storm from the ground, so as any due warnings can be given.

How to Become a Storm Chaser (Part I)

Being a storm chaser is exciting but it has more than it’s fair share of risks.

A storm chaser is a meteorological researcher who works on the field, very much in the center of all the action. When you are a storm chaser, you will travel the nation looking for storms and reporting their activity to weather authorities. The information collected by storm chasers helps weather bureaus to give correct forecasts and warnings. Also, storm chasers do research to improve weather forecasting and future storm detection.

There are many storm chasers out there that do this work as a hobby and don’t get paid for their findings. Others are paid researchers and scientists who complete fieldwork and will later create reports and publish their research.
Storm chasing has become very popular, so much so that you can practically go on a tour to learn about how this process works. You just have to remember that storm chasing isn’t for everyone. It might look good on camera, but it is scary and unpredictable. So take that into consideration before leaping into the chase.
Education Requirements to Become a Storm Chaser

If you want to become a storm chaser for a hobby, get in touch with your local television station or the national weather service to find out more information about a short course called SkyWarn. This will teach you all the fundamentals about storm watching, like how to predict storm activity, how to measure statistics, as well as how to keep yourself safe. Learning how to use a radio is also critical.

If you’re looking for really exciting work that will get your blood pumping, then you may want to become a storm chaser. There aren’t many paid opportunities in this field. Most are self-employed, so it is definitely an industry you want to get into for the love of the chase and not for the pay.

How to Become a Videographer

Videography is a unique yet demanding field of work.

Videography is a competitive field that demands creativity, ambition, and technical knowledge. You can prepare to be a videographer by having the right education and experience under your belt. Once you get into the field, you can work on finding jobs, creating a portfolio, and developing a unique style.

Videographers look for careers with television stations, movie studios and directors, news agencies and other media companies, with universities, courts, and other public institutions, as social media consultants, or documenting events such as weddings.

Getting an Education

Get a high school education. You can begin preparing for a career as a videographer while you are still in high school. Find and take any courses at your school that involve working with film.

Some high schools have courses in broadcasting, technology, film, art, or journalism that might involve components relevant to videography.

Take part in your school’s news program, if it has one, as a chance to practice filming.

Register for any student film contests.

Get a college degree. While you don’t really need a specific degree in order to work as a videographer, most in the field have a bachelor’s degree in some area that is related to broadcasting or film. While earning a degree, you will get valuable technical skills and experiences. Courses you can take and possible majors are:

  • Communications
  • Cinematography
  • Broadcasting
  • Video editing
  • Film theory
  • Computer science
  • Script analysis
  • Media ethics
  • Screenwriting

Learn everything you can about video equipment and software. As a videographer, you will consistently be working with camera equipment and editing software, so it’s a fantastic idea to begin practicing with these ASAP. While digital cameras and computer software are the state of the art, you may also gain some familiarity with another sort of equipment and editing techniques.

Professional video equipment and software can be pricey, but if you are serious about becoming a videographer, it could be worth the investment.