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DIY Technology Integration is on the RISE! See why...

Posted by Paul Richards on Oct 6, 2016 11:36:25 AM

There was a time in the not so distant past when everything technology related was complicated. For about 30 years (1980-2010) most video and audio related technology integration projects were installed by specialized companies. In the past 5 years everything has changed! If you have somehow missed this huge culture shift toward DIY ProAV let me fill you in.

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Topics: Video Production, AV, DIY

Using Multiple Cameras with GoToMeeting, Skype, WebEX or Zoom.US [Slideshare]

Posted by Paul Richards on Oct 6, 2016 11:00:40 AM

Hello fellow Web Conferencing Folk,

If you're in the ProAV or video conferencing industry you most likely get this question all the time. How can I use multiple cameras with my web video conferencing software? Power users have adopted web video conferencing for it’s powerful communication benefits and they want to push the limits of what they can achieve. Using multiple cameras will allow presentations to include a second view for products, speakers and almost anything else you can imagine. In this article we review the easiest and most cost-effective ways to add a second camera to your web video conferencing experience no-matter what software you are using.

  1. Connect multiple USB cameras to a single PC and switch cameras using the software settings
  2. Use multiple computers in the same meeting space each with their own cameras connected to same meeting
  3. Use a USB video mixer such as a Roland or Inogenie (reviewed in this article)
  4. Use a software-based video mixer such as Wirecast or vMix which can create a virtual webcam input from almost any mix of sources which is selectable in any video conferencing software as a USB webcam.

UPDATE! 10/19/2016: Lead Engineer Matthew Davis Review the Inogenie Share2 allowing users to combine multiple cameras for use in 

Matthew Davis explains how to use multiple cameras with Skype for Business, GoToMeeting and WebEX using the INOGENI Share 2. The INOGENI Share 2 is an amazing USB 3.0 capture device that allows users to bring in 2 cameras into their favorite web video conferencing service along with 2 additional USB devices with a single USB 3.0 input.

For this how to video Matt Davis set up the unit to demonstrate 2 cameras via HDMI and DVI plus an audio input coming from a USB 2.0 HuddlePod Air wireless dongle. As the INOGENI Share 2 demonstration is done you will see that the device has 7 buttons for easy camera layout changes. The layouts include: picture in picture, side by side and other layouts for sharing multiple cameras with your Skype for Business, GoToMeeting, WebEX or Zoom conference.

The INOGENI Share 2 is a great dedicated appliance making dual camera systems for web conferencing a breeze. It's nice because there are buttons on the top, an application and crestron/extron control. There are software alternatives for using multiple cameras in a single USB selectable virtual webcam but it's very nice to have a dedicated appliance to streamline easy of use in the conference room.

Updated 2/1/16!: We just recorded a live review of this presentation with YouTube Live! It's available below
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Topics: Audio Visual Advice, WebCasting, web conferencing, streaming

Screen to Screen Selling Webinar with author Doug Devitre and Zoom Executive Jay Jackson

Posted by Paul Richards on Oct 6, 2016 11:00:09 AM

Hello IT & AV Pro's!

This Friday Nov 20th Paul Richards & Patrick Kirby the hosts of HuddleCam Live will be interviewing, Doug Devitre, author of “Screen to Screen Selling”. Paul Richards, Dir of Business Development for HuddleCamHD said “I first found out about “Screen to Screen Selling” when I saw a LinkedIN post from Eric Yuan, CEO of Zoom Video Communications. After reading the book I have to say it was a refreshing outlook on the amazing new technology tools available to sales teams.”



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Topics: Zoom.US, web conferencing, Live Streaming

ChromeBox Compatible Pan Tilt Zoom Cameras

Posted by Paul Richards on Oct 6, 2016 10:59:48 AM

Hello Web Conferencing Professionals,

Lately it seems like the ChromeBox has been taking the meeting room by storm. IT folks are seeing the ChromeBox as a simple and affordable option for a "Meeting Room" Computer. Google put together an attractive package called "ChromeBox for Meetings" built from the ChromeBox, a Logitech C930e and a Jabra Speak 410 microphone. Google also includes a "Google User License" and they made custom "Meeting Room Software" to make the room easy to schedule and usable for Google Hangout meetings. Much of the demand is driven by companies who are on the Google Platform for gmail and therefore unified communications.

So the fact that these ChromeBox's are going into meeting rooms begs the question: Why bundle a desktop webcam? That camera is made for desktop video conferencing where users are literally 2-3 feet from the camera. Putting this camera in a large room makes the users look like ants and field of view is always way to wide. 

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Topics: Web Video Conferencing, web conferencing, google hangouts, google chromebox

GoToMeeting vs Zoom.US

Posted by Paul Richards on Oct 6, 2016 10:58:23 AM

GoToMeeting vs Zoom.US

As a long time GoToMeeting customer I was so surprised how easy it was to move over to Zoom.US. For 1/5 the price I thought there was going to be huge feature gaps but acutally Zoom.US has features like SIP and H.323 integration that GoToMeeting does not! In fact if you are a Gmail user like me starting with Zoom.US is incredibly easy because you just login with your GMail account.

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Topics: Video Conferencing, Zoom.US

High Optical Zoom USB Cameras for Large Spaces

Posted by Paul Richards on Oct 6, 2016 10:57:49 AM

USB Camera with Optical Zoom

When you think "webcam" or "USB Camera" most people think of the desktop logitech webcams. And until recently that's what a "USB Camera" was. With the new HuddleCamHD camera line we have added 12X, 18X, 20X and 30X options for larger rooms and spaces where HD video quality is needed. Check out our test footage to see exactly what Optical Zoom on a USB camera does for video conferencing and web-casting during your webinars. 

Reason's for using Optical Zoom USB Cameras

  • Webinars in auditoriums or large spaces
  • Need for dynamic presentations
  • Zooming in to whiteboards
  • Recording live shows
  • Broadcasting events
  • Live streaming
  • Board Meetings in large spaces
  • Showing detailed images from far distances
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Topics: Web Video Conferencing, HuddleCamHD, PTZ USB Cameras

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


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