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Why we don't use Webinars... Zoom adds Facebook Live Integration and more...

Posted by Paul Richards on Feb 3, 2017 8:57:33 AM

We have moved over to the dark side of video communications… Live Streaming. In some ways, I miss the lightside. GoToWebinar, Cisco Event Center and Zoom Webinar were comfortable. They weren’t too expensive and I enjoyed the easy to manage platforms that just felt good.

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Topics: web conferencing, Live Streaming, facebook live, zoom webinars

Live streaming tips from 7 top industry experts!

Posted by Paul Richards on Jan 31, 2017 7:35:30 PM

**Originally posted on LinkedIN here...

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Topics: Live Streaming, Wirecast, Live Broadcasting, vmix

Free Lіvе Strеаmіng Courses Frоm PTZOрtісѕ

Posted by Paul Richards on Jan 25, 2017 9:26:43 AM


Hi Everyone!

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Topics: Live Streaming, Video Production

What's In Store for 2017? Play with our Video Conferencing Prediction Tool!

Posted by Paul Richards on Dec 29, 2016 11:44:11 AM

Every year ConferenceRoomSystems.com releases their predictions for the video conferencing industry along with the results from the previous year. We didn't see everything we predicted for 2016 but we did see some amazing advances in video conferencing, live streaming and wireless presentation.

New Predictions for 2017

See Last Years Predictions for 2016 below... 

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Topics: Video Conferencing, Web Video Conferencing, Webinars, zoom

New Sound Masking Products for Office Buildings from CSM

Posted by Paul Richards on Dec 2, 2016 9:53:48 AM

Hello Everyone!

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Topics: Sound masking, white noise

How to broadcast student announcements

Posted by Paul Richards on Nov 21, 2016 1:28:32 PM

It’s never been easier to set up a live stream of your school student announcement show before. Today’s technology from googles YouTube live to PTZoptics USB connected cameras live streaming can truly be plug and play. If your school can set up a small broadcast studio it can become an amazing resource for both faculty staff and students to create amazing promotional videos and live streams. If you can set up a green screen and proper lighting your school will have the ability to create television quality 1080 P live videos and streams for student announcements out reach programs and much much more.

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Topics: Live Streaming, student announcements

NEW 3D Conference Room Layouts!

Posted by Paul Richards on Nov 3, 2016 11:18:11 AM

CRS is proud to announce we will be offering 3D conference room layouts with Google Sketchup! CRS is now offering 3D room layouts. We have a link below where you can get started with your next project to have a 3D rending made and drawn to scale! CRS is using Google Sketchup to create 3D Room Layouts for our customers audio visual projects. If you are working with an account manager from CRS, request a 3D rendering for your next project and meet with one of our engineers who can make you next project a success!

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Topics: Video Conferencing, audio conferencing, Video Production, AV

USB Frame Grabbers for HDMI and HD-SDI... Finally a reliable way to extend USB 3.0!

Posted by Paul Richards on Oct 28, 2016 10:36:12 AM

Hello Everyone,

Today we want to talk about this USB 3.0 frame grabbers that are becoming so popular! HDMI to USB 3.0 and/or HD-SDI to USB 3.0 capture devices are tools that every audio visual manager should have in their toolkit for a couple reasons:

  1. Trouble shooting AV
  2. Extending USB 3.0
  3. Video Support for "hard-wired" source in webconferencing

Supporting "Hard Wired" HDMI sources for Web Conferencing:

So many conference rooms have support for users to plug in their laptops at the table or a wall to connect directly to a display. This is good for BYOD conference rooms where users are meant to bring their own computer to a conference room. But what has happened over the past few years are companies are providing "Dedicated PC" computers in each room because they dedicated to video conferencing for cloud based applications such as GoToMeeting, WebEX or Skype for Business. Companies are doing this because they want to keep the USB camera and USB microphone plugged into the same computer without requiring users to continually un-plug and re-plug their laptops. It's also convient because the "Dedicated PC" can be managed by IT, locked down if needed and connected directly to the display via HDMI.

So what happens when we want to connect our HDMI laptops or tablets to the "Dedicated PC"? Well, in comes the HDMI to USB 3.0 frame grabber. Many conference rooms already have HDMI run from a table to the display. So you can re-use that cabling and put a HDMI to USB 3.0 frame grabber in-line to connec the HDMI directly to your computer. You can use this input to pull in a webcam into any cloud based video conferencing software such as WebEX, Bluejeans or even Zoom. Many of our customers are using Intel NUC computers are dedicated PC's, because they are small, affordable and powerful enough to run web based video conferencing applications. 

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Topics: web conferencing, frame grabbers

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

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