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.
**Originally posted on LinkedIN here...
Many prospective clients come to us with questions like, “Why do I need to conference through video vs. phone?” or“What’s the value of having an entire conferencing camera system?" I’m here to show you that, yes, it does make a difference. I’m not going to pitch to you why our products are amazing or better than the rest, we’ll save that argument for another day ;). I’m here to talk to you today about relationships.
Here’s an example of what I’m referring to. You go to your local deli every week to purchase your lunch meats and the occasional pot roast. You choose there as opposed to the supermarket because you enjoy contributing to a local business in your community. Joseph, the butcher, is a jolly old fellow that’s owned his delicatessen for 23 years now. He puts a smile on your face every time you walk in with his witty jokes and ability to remember your name, your order, and your kid's name. He tells you about his grandson’s soccer trophy and his wife’s silly nagging. His products are 30 cents more expensive to the dollar than the supermarket, but it’s worth it. That interaction you have with him every time you go to buy your cold cuts is part of a positive relationship you’ve built with this business owner. Your visits have become a fun experience.
Joseph’s the one that’s got it all figured out. What’s most important and often ignored in business is building and maintaining relationships with your clients and equally as significant, your employees. This can be difficult if you run a large company or a business that doesn’t allow for in-person interaction with the client. You’re left with reaching your customers via phone and e-mail, or spending the money to travel to meet. Investing in a video conference system provides a solution to these issues and allows you to develope or maintain those relationships.
Here's a simple layout of how video conferencing will benefit your business:
1) Reduces Travel Time & Cost
Installing a video conferencing system will eliminate the need for traveling and will, in turn, save you A LOT of time and money on flights, hotels, per diem, etc. This will also likely please your employees by not taking them away from their family and homes on a regular basis. Less travel time also allows employees more time for productive work in the office.
Facebook started off the new year by introducing a new application that's going to change the game for live streaming. Hosting more than 1.8 Billion users, Facebook is constantly producing clever ways to increase ease of user interface. Facebook has certainly jumped on board with the rise of live streaming. The new Facebook Live Streaming App has made the process handy for people at any level of experience. Users are now able to connect directly to a streaming device like the PTZOptics HD Live Streaming Cameras. This is opposed to the prior need to go through the RTSP streaming process. This new feature now makes live streaming easier than ever. Here's what you need to know:
1. App is now accessible from your desktop computer
2. Users have ability to create mini streaming studios with USB based video products
3. The simplicity of the app is going to attract A LOT more Facebook Live users, and therefore viewers
Now that we have informed you about this new and exciting app, here's the catch. Facebook is still distributing the app to all accounts, so not everyone has it yet. We were lucky enough to have one account that has been updated. Attached to this blog is a short video tutorial introducing the app and showing off some of its features. Some of the key features include ability to switch microphones and cameras, live chat with your viewers, and a simple icon listed alongside the status and photo update links. Here's some visuals for you:
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.
See Last Years Predictions for 2016 below...
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.
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!
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:
- Trouble shooting AV
- Extending USB 3.0
- 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.