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DIY Live Streaming and Video Conferencing w/ Magewell - Live on YouTube today at 2PM

Posted by Paul Richards on Sep 30, 2016 12:28:58 PM

Hello Everyone,

One of the best companies in the video conferencing and live streaming / broadcast business is Magewell. If you haven't heard of them, today at 2PM. PTZOptics is hosting a live interview on YouTube. Magewell has become the goto source for frame grabbers, capture cards and the ever popular HDMI to USB devices for DIY video projects. 

I recently go the oppurtunity to ask Kate Koch what the top 3 Magewell products are and hand down she said the HDMI to USB 3.0 frame grabbers are selling like crazy. Personally, I think it's because of the high demand from cloud based video conferencing providers such as GoToMeeting, WebEX and Zoom who need a way to bring HDMI sources into their software based / soft codec web conferencing systems. But Kate explained that there are many other reasons why this product is becoming an industry standard. Check out the video below.

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Topics: YouTube Live, Live Streaming, magewell, capture cards, frame grabbers

Locking down the Intel NUC for Meeting Rooms

Posted by Paul Richards on Sep 27, 2016 12:41:58 PM

Locking Down an Intel NUC for Meeting Rooms

What if there was an easy way to completely lock down the Intel NUC and give your meeting rooms access to ONLY the applications it needs? What if there was a simple "reset" button to restore your Intel NUC back to the ideal settings and clear any cached files for corporate security compliance?
UPDATE: It's worth noting that you can litterally lock Intel NUC computers using a Kensington Lock :)

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Topics: web conferencing, Intel NUC, Intel UNITE

How to host FREE Webinars with Skype and Facebook or YouTube Live

Posted by Paul Richards on Sep 26, 2016 12:16:56 PM

Howdy friends and followers! I’ve been meaning to sit down and write a “how to” article about setting up free webinars for a while now. We stopped using services GoToMeeting, WebEX and Zoom Webinar for a long time now, because they charge way too much money and reduce our overall ability to reach new audiences. In this blog post, I will review our tried and true method for hosting free webinars on the YouTube Live or Facebook Live platforms with the video conference software of your choice.

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Topics: Webinars, skype for business, Live Streaming, Skype Meeting Broadcast

Sound Masking White Noise kits for Privacy

Posted by Paul Richards on Sep 26, 2016 9:21:14 AM

In this video, Paul Richards and Margaret Wilman review the easy to install sound masking kits available from CRS. Each kit includes everything you need to install Cambridge sound masking white noise system in areas from 400, 800, 1,200 and 2,400 sq/ft. Each kit includes a sound masking module used for white noise volume control and sound masking emitters which are powered by the white noise module. Each kit is based around the Cambridge Sound Management QT-100, which can power up to 120 sound masking emitters. The kits also include (1-4) packs of emitters SKU: E-A-W-16-4. These 4-packs of emitters are meant to be installed in a drop-ceiling with the included hole-saw. If you are installing sound masking in areas with hard or open ceiling reach out to the CRS team for more information about additional mounts.

The sounds masking kits include a 50' initial Cat-5 cable for use on your first connection between the sound masking module and your speakers. Each speaker is then included with a 16' plenum-rated CAT cable for daisy-chaining power and sound masking. The QT-100 sound masking module includes a wall mount for easy installation and include a button panel and Bluetooth options for controlling the sound masking levels.

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Topics: Sound masking

Learn how live broadcast like QVC with YouTube's new Live Streaming platform!

Posted by Paul Richards on Sep 23, 2016 10:22:47 AM

Ever wonder how the major television networks such as QVC and HSN create their infomercials? They have taken the ability to sell over video and turned it into an art. Here at PTZOptics we decided to break down the magic and create a free download kit for our customers to learn exactly how they can use the formula with their own products and services.

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Topics: Broadcasting, YouTube Live, Live Streaming, Live Broadcasting

Crestron AM-100 vs AM-101... The NEW Air Media!

Posted by Paul Richards on Sep 20, 2016 10:57:13 AM

Hello Everyone!

If you are one of our Crestron AirMedia customers or just interested in wireless presentation technology you should definitely know that Crestron has released a new version of the Crestron Air Media. The new part number for the Crestron Air Media is the AM-101 and we took some pictures to show it off! Below you will see a quick gallery of pictures taken of the new Crestron AM-101. 

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Topics: Wireless Presentation, airmedia

EVOKO LISO Reviewed - Conference Room Booking Touch Screen

Posted by Paul Richards on Sep 14, 2016 1:02:54 PM

Hello Technology Enthusists!

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Topics: evoko, room booking

Our Live Streaming Checklist is here!

Posted by Paul Richards on Sep 12, 2016 4:07:32 PM

After trying everything… Learning the hard way… and of course, picking up quite a tricks along the way… we having finally put together our first ever “Live Streaming Checklist”. We have hosted hundreds of webinars and live streams over the past 3 years and these tips come from our experience working with all the technical stuff including, cameras, content delivery networks, microphones, lighting, streaming software and green screens. We hope this serves you well and feel free to download our checklisthere.

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Topics: streaming, Live Streaming

Latest Generation Intel NUC Micro-PC Review

Posted by Paul Richards on Sep 7, 2016 2:13:35 PM

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Topics: Intel NUC, Intel UNITE

Sound Masking Review - From CRS (QVC Style)

Posted by Paul Richards on Sep 7, 2016 1:55:35 PM

In this video, Margaret Wilman and Patrick Kirby, review the latest sound masking module from Cambridge Sound Management the QT-100. The QT-100 sound masking controller can power up to 120 emitters and includes one integrated aux audio input. Cambridge has done a great job making this white noise machine easy to install. As you can see, during the opening of the box, the QT-100 includes a power supply and hole saw as well.

The QT-100 is the most popular sound masking module and it provides touch buttons on the front for ease of use. One feature about the QT-100 that many forget is that you can have 2 runs from this module. Therefore for installation you can centrally locate the sound masking machine and run emitters two ways. Another feature with the QT-100 vs the large sound masking machines such as the QT-300 and QT-600 is the ability to have zones. The QT-100 can have only one unique zone. The QT-300 can have 3 independent zones (along with IP control) and the QT-600 can have 6 unique zones.

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Topics: Sound masking

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