Online Meeting in Mind: Types of Video Conferencing

An online meeting in iMind is a communication session with two users or a team of users, irrespective of their geographical location. The number of attendees mapped directly varies depending on the mode of the conference and the role of the participant in the ongoing conversation.

Four types of videoconferencing are distinguished:

  1.     Video call (one-to-one).
  2.     Symmetrical conference (all participants on the screen).
  3.     Video class (all participants can see and hear the lector, and the lector sees and hears all).
  4.     Conference call (all participants see and hear only the speakers).

So let’s look at each of those in further depth.

Types of Video Meeting

Video conferences are of the two main types, individual and collective. A private session refers to a videoconference session involving just two people. A group video conference applies to all other kinds of videos. The various established display rules for each participant in a videoconference are referred to as camera types of a videoconference. Here’s how to find out about it in more detail! 

One-to-one Online Meeting;

It’s simple: two parties are involved, both seeing and hearing each other at the same time. It is worth noting that during any video conference session various collaboration tools can be used, such as text messaging, file sharing, presentations, and other media sharing.

Symmetric Video Meeting;

They are also referred to as continuous-presence videoconferencing. It is the title for a session of video calling with over 2 parties, where all attendees can simultaneously view and listen to one another. Naturally, it implies group communication. Another way to put it is that it is the equivalent of a group video meeting, where everybody has the same opportunities. The group video conference is appropriate to meetings requiring the highest level of engagement from each attendee.

Voice-activated Video Conferencing;

VAS (Voice Activated Switching) refers to the format of conversation: all participants in a videoconference hear and see only the person on their own screens, while they see them or the previous speaker. Minor variations of this arrangement are available, but the essence is as follows: The VCS Server tracks the participant’s voice activity and shifts the picture transmission to the listener. There are significant disadvantages to this mechanism, such as false alarms for noise, muffled coughs or ringing of the mobile device.

Session Video Conferencing;

This is a type of conference host where attendees are split into two groups: presenters and audience members, where every attendee can be a speaker (with the approval of the conference presenter). This conference moderator assigns the individual persons as speakers and can delete them from the video board at whatever point in time.

This can also be called role-playing video meetings. A selector video conference is most often used for web conferencing (webinars).

Online Video Conferencing for Distance Education;

A special mode in which all participants (students) see and hear only one broadcasting user (the teacher) and the teacher sees and hears all students. The students are not distracted from one another, and the teacher supervises them.

Video Broadcasting

A type of videoconference in which the presenter broadcasts to a large audience of listeners without being seen or heard. All other contestants may only see and listen to the host. Feedback is only possible via text chat. Often, to smooth out variations in network conditions, there is a significant delay of up to several seconds between the broadcaster and the listeners during the broadcast.

Various types of video conferencing hardware may be needed, subject to the venue and the session’s network connection.


So, it’s up to you which type of videoconference you should choose. Now you know what the decision depends on. Nevertheless, with iMind your experience will become much more pleasant and effective.