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Why 4K makes sense for videoconferencing

May 2, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by No Jitter

4K video conferencing is available today, and the technologies and economics will continue to improve.

In the past few years, 4K video has rapidly moved from concept to everyday consumer electronics. It's now common to find 4K screens on televisions, computer displays, and smartphones. Consumers get their 4K content from new cameras and even Netflix. But, does 4K have a place in your video-ready conference room?

4K and higher resolution solutions are now being touted by video conferencing vendors and providers such as Cisco, Logitech, and Vidyo. Whether there is a need for 4K video conferencing technology is presently creating interest and confusion, but to me the answer is easy -- yes.

A Clearer Picture
First, a little comparative history. Most of us grew up with what's now called standard-definition (SD) analog television. Not long ago the world discovered the benefits of high-definition (HD) digital video. This was at about the same time as new, flat-screen televisions made their debut, and when broadcast stations switched to digital, so there was plenty of incentive for consumers to upgrade their equipment.

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