One of the most important stages in webinar organisation is selection and setup of the necessary webinar equipment. It appears that impressions about the brightest and interesting presentation can be ruined by bad sound, unclear picture or any other technical problems.
So, what is needed to hold a webinar? The first one is reliable webinar platform. Read our post How to Choose a Webinar Service if you still looking for it.
To organize a webinar, the following equipment is necessary:
- Computer with an Internet connection.
- Webcam (for cases of video broadcasting).
- Headset (headphones and microphone).
Any modern computer is basically good enough for holding webinars. The necessary requirement though is the latest version of Adobe Flash Player installed on that computer. This software is available for free here.
Also, one of the following browsers should be installed on the computer:
- Internet Explorer
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
Quality of sound and video during webinars is greatly dependent on your Internet connection speed. For a webinar with video broadcasting, this should be not less than 512 Kb/s. In case no webcam is used, 256 Kb/s should suffice.
During webinars, it is advised to disconnect Skype, stop downloads and close browser tabs that will not be needed during the webinar.
Lots of computers and laptops have got built-in webcams that could be used for holding webinars. But video quality could be considerably better in case of using a standalone webcam. It could be connected to the computer via USB or Firewire.
Headphones and microphone for webinars
Utmost attention should be paid to headset selection. NO matter how interesting your webinar is, it is destined to fail in case people do not hear you. Most computers and laptops have built-in microphones and speakers, but as a rule, they offer low sound quality accompanied by the echoing effect.
To conduct a webinar, any usual 3.5 mm or USB headset can be used. In most cases, namely USB headset is ideal for webinars. Due to the built-in sound-processing card, it provides clearer sound and is effective in noise reduction.
If your case implies the presence of several webinar presenters in one room, a speakerphone could be used. This is a special device consisting of a microphone and a speaker. Speakerphone allows sound transmission for the distance of up to 3 meters. Also, it removes acoustic echo and noises.