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Video Conferencing

Using Video Conferencing

Wimba allows up to four attendees (either presenters or participants) to transmit a video image during an event. Additional attendees with web cameras are entered into a video queue and they can transmit video when one of the first four attendees mutes their microphone.

Live video is transmitted when a participant is speaking.


It is recommended that video conferencing be used sparingly or notat all. Video adds a layer of complexity to leading the event, theimage is poor, transmission to participants may be slow, and littlevalue is added. If images of participants must be shown, it isrecommended that digital images are included in a PowerPoint slide,the digital images are uploaded to the event's content, or the imagesare posted in an overview page.

Participating in a Video Conference

  1. Make sure the web camera is connected to your PC before you join the Wimba event. Note that the first time you use a web camera on a PC, you usually need to install the appropriate drivers for the specific camera.
  2. Join the Wimba event.
  3. Once you are in the event, click the Camera button in the Media Bar.

  4. The Video window appears. Click the closed eye button to begin transmitting video.

  5. Speak into your microphone by pressing the Talk button or holding the Control key on your keyboard. Your video will transmit when you are speaking.
  6. To stop transmitting video, click the open eye button.
  7. To increase the size of the video window, click and drag the outside corners of the Video window. Alternatively, click the Display Video full screen button.

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