The Pros and Cons of Videoconferencing

Virtual interpretation, also called videoconferencing, videocasting, or videoing, is an interpretation service provided by a videophone or audio interpreting service where an interpreter or linguist (usually an American or British native) calls to the desired audio recording from a distance using a video link. Most interpreters and other professionals provide their own equipment in addition to their interpreting services and the equipment they use depends on what they need.

Video teleconferencing technology has evolved vastly since its inception in the 1970’s. Today, many of the same services are available with a video interpreter. Some videographers offer video teleconferencing services in areas where audio interpreters are not easily accessible. The advantages to video teleconferencing over traditional methods of video interpretation are many. Here are some of the reasons that people choose video as a method of interpreting.

Videographers offer several levels of audio and visual compatibility: You can call someone with the videographer and then be able to hear him or her talking in a foreign language. Many videographers are able to offer video conferencing to anyone at any skill level because many videographers offer their services on DVD-ROMs so you can listen to your videographer, and the translator, in the same room.

Videographers are trained in all aspects of videoconferencing technology: videographers know the technical issues of videoconferencing, how to set up the equipment, how to get the camera setup, and how to set up the sound equipment. Because videographers are so aware of the technical aspects of their job, the services they offer are usually much more professional than those offered by video interpreters who are not as experienced.

Video interpreters, by comparison, may not be trained as well as videographers. Most videographers will have at least some degree of formal training in audio or video interpretation before they are even considered for a job. Videographers are also familiar with a wide range of technology and equipment that videoconferencing interpreters often do not use.

Video interpreters do not have to pay the same fees as video teleconferencing companies. Many videographers charge around $15 per hour while some videographers charge between ten dollars and one hundred dollars an hour.

Video interpreters are much more mobile than videographers: If you travel to a different part of the world, it may be difficult or impossible to watch a video in a foreign language on your own computer. Video teleconferencing services are usually available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are planning a trip overseas and don’t know how to speak a foreign language, your video remote interpeter will be able to answer all of your questions and help you understand the meaning of your video.

Videographers and interpreters can work side-by-side to maximize your communication with the other person calling. While you may work with a videographer to interpret your video for the purpose of providing information to your audience, you will also be able to make eye contact, listen to your interpreter, and interact with him or her. Videographers are also more cost effective than interpreters since they do not have to invest in equipment that costs money.

Video teleconferencing can cost a lot more money than it does to hire a videographer. Because video teleconferencing is expensive, many people consider hiring a videographer to be a better choice.

Video teleconferencing services typically provide a higher level of audio and visual clarity than videoconferencing services do. Video teleconferencing provides your audience with a clearer picture, clearer audio, and more information than most videoconferencing services offer.

Video teleconferencing is easy to set up compared to videoconferencing. Videographers take care of setting up your equipment and setting up your audio and video equipment.

When you choose to hire a videographer over an interpreter, you should consider the pros and cons of each. Video teleconferencing is the best choice for when you want to create a visual presentation to explain a concept to a large group of people.