Video Remote Interpretation or VRI falls into the Video Interpreters category of services because it involves communication with someone by means of visual images. In most of its forms, this service is provided by telecommunication companies.
In a standard VRI case, the interpreter and the client are usually located at an area with a table with an interactive web page configured with an audio input. There may be additional information displayed on the web page such as maps, instructions and so on. The client will then have to interact with the user interface through the web browser provided with the Web-based VRI platform.
Video remote interpreters can either be stand-alone devices or can be installed to any device. The latter types are ideal for use in conferences and other types of meetings because they are lightweight and can be set up quickly without any special software. They are available in a number of different price ranges. However, stand-alone devices are generally more expensive than video interpreting service providers.
Virtual Receptionist. This type of video remote interpreting service is generally used when you cannot personally accompany a client or an interpreter. With this service, the remote interpreter is typically given a mobile phone or tablet which is connected to a high-definition (HD) television screen.
As the user enters the room, a screen of images (including video clips) is displayed on the screen. The screen is adjusted according to the height and the width of the client or the interpreter. A voice recognition service is provided that translates voice commands into text commands. The voice commands are transferred to the screen and the appropriate action is performed by the interpreter.
Video interpreters using this technology are usually very cost effective because they require the interpreter to record the video clip and provide the voice commands to the screen in advance. Thus, they are cheaper than traditional video remote interpreters. Video interpreters using this technology also enable the video to be broadcasted on multiple screens at the same time as they are used by many clients at the same time.
Videoconferencing. This method of video remote interpreting involves two or more users being able to communicate through audio and video simultaneously. The user is usually situated close to a TV set or an Internet connection. The user can use either of these two methods in order to communicate with the videoconferencer.
There are also videoconferencing service providers who allow their users to use both the voice and the video data simultaneously. The audio portion is recorded and is then transferred to the videoconferencing server. It is then converted into text for the display of the user. A second, secondary videoconferencer is connected to the user’s computer through the Internet.
Voice-over IP telephony is another type of videoconferencing that uses the VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) network. In this method, the videoconferencer connects via telephone lines to another host that can be in another country. The videoconferencer uses an IP (Internet Protocol) or wireless network to communicate with the host and send voice and video information. The IP network transmits voice to and receives information from the host.
Video conferencing is a type of videoconferencing that works with analog signals rather than digital signals. This method involves the videoconferencer being in a different location from the other users. For example, if a videoconferencer is located in another country, the signals received by the videoconferencer are converted into analog signals. by the host server of the analog signal. If the analog signal is not strong enough, it is discarded and the videoconferencer uses its video input and sends the data back via the Internet to the host.
Video conferencing is a good option for users who have difficulty seeing and hearing the audio. However, it can be costly as video conferencing requires a great deal of technical skills. This is because of the need to connect a videoconferencing system to the Internet and to provide high quality video images to the videoconferencer.
Online Video Interpreters. The Internet has created a wide variety of online video conferencing programs such as Skype, RealNetworks, and Yahoo! 360.