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Simple Checklist for reducing "Video Jitter" & "Packet Loss" for web video conferencing

Posted by Paul Richards on Nov 23, 2015 11:07:00 AM

Hello IT & AV Pros!

In this blog post we review how to iron out “video jitter” and “packet loss” with a simple check list for improving online meetings.

In an effort to increase the quality of online meetings for our customers we have created a easy to use checklist of “best practices” for connecting to an online video conferencing service such as GoToMeeting, Skype for Business, WebEX or Zoom. Understanding the quality of bandwidth access available and the common causes of packet loss will help increase the quality of your online video meetings.

We have two free tools available at the end of this article to help you avoid common pitfalls. First we have our best practices checklist which includes a detailed list of tips and suggestions for “video conferencing, recording, live streaming and mobile connections.” Second we have a free online tool for spot testing bandwidth access. This tool is available at http://speed.huddlecamhd.com and it allows users to ping our server in Scottsdale, AZ (more info available speed.huddlecamhd.com).

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Topics: Web Video Conferencing, USB video conferencing, bandwidth, Live Streaming

When to video conference, when to live stream and when to do both!

Posted by Paul Richards on Oct 7, 2015 9:37:00 PM

Hello AV & IT Pros!

We hope this will be an interesting post for anyone who has wondered: Should I set up a video conference call or a webinar? 

What events are best suited for a video conference, a webinar or just a plain old live stream?

Sometimes the video conferencing service your using can't host everyone your expecting... Sometimes you only want to broadcast a one-way live stream. With the rise of YouTube Live, will the world of video conferencing and live streaming find synergies? 

If your planning a big event you might ask yourself if your video conferencing service has enough space for everyone that your expecting. When you plan larger video conference calls, most services like GoToMeeting, WebEX and Zoom suggest webinar packages. These packages are great for adding more "view only" participants and they solve most meeting capacity limits up to 3,000 users.

But what if you want to do more of a live broadcast? You might not really need to set up a video conference at all! Maybe you can use a service like YouTube Live to stream to thousands of viewers around the world for free!

In this post we will discuss these options plus a way to combine them! That's right, tips for live broadcasting your video conference calls using YouTube Live :)

When to Video Conference:

If your used to video conferencing you will find any excuse to use it. Let's face it. Video conferencing is super easy these days! Once users start benefiting from the time savings, the cost savings and the superior communication it starts to make an impression. This is not just some "honeymoon" with a cool new piece technology either. Video conferencing usages "Grew by 100% in the past 2 years 2013-2015" (more in this Vytopia report). So using video conferencing is coming naturally to today's tech saavy workers.

If you are interested to learn more about when to meet "face to face" vs "online" check out this great article by Joe Mullich of the Wall Street Journal. 

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Topics: Web Video Conferencing, USB video conferencing, Zoom.US, YouTube Live, Live Streaming

Dealing with poor video conferencing lighting

Posted by Paul Richards on Nov 16, 2014 4:24:00 PM

Hello Web Conferencing Professionals,

After a new reno

vation of our conference room lighting I wanted to share a few insights about "Video conferencing lighting". In a way, pretty much all regular florescent down lighting is "bad video conferencing lighting". But before we go judging "good" and "bad" video conferencing lighting, let's determine what makes lighting "good" for video conferencing.

Ideal Experience:

  • Camera can pick up subjects without using digital compensation
  • Easy walk in ready lighting scenes
  • Far end can clearly see everyone including facial expressions
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Topics: Video Conferencing, Audio Visual Advice, USB video conferencing, video conferencing lighting

Out with the old & in with the new[Video Conferencing Trends]

Posted by Paul Richards on Oct 20, 2014 6:51:00 PM

What's old? 

In technology today, anything that is 2 years or older is "old". Just take a look at the latest iPhone and it's predecessors. Every year you can expect products to be twice as good for half the price. It's a great world to live in if you ask me! 

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Topics: Video Conferencing, Web Video Conferencing, USB video conferencing, web conferencing, cloud based conferencing

Introducing the MobileRoom from CRS

Posted by Paul Richards on Oct 5, 2014 11:53:00 AM

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Topics: Web Video Conferencing, Mobile Carts, USB video conferencing, web conferencing

5 Reasons why Companies are choosing USB Video Cameras over HDMI

Posted by Paul Richards on Sep 1, 2014 7:30:00 AM

The writing is more than on the wall. It's a proven fact that companies are moving away from Hardware Based video conferencing codecs and moving to cloud based solutions in droves! So let's take a moment to look at why USB Video Cameras are becoming such as big thing.

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Topics: Web Video Conferencing, USB video conferencing

4 Brilliant ways Online Meetings have become more Attractive

Posted by Paul Richards on Aug 13, 2014 6:30:00 AM

1. Single Sign-On

Single Sign-On makes things easy! So easy that you don't even need  a separate login or password to jump on a video call or log in to schedule a appointment. Most common Single Sign-On options are: Facebook and Google.

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Topics: conference room packages, USB video conferencing

How do I select the right camera for my conferencing needs?

Posted by Joseph Mulcahy on Aug 7, 2014 8:00:00 AM

How do I select the right camera for my conferencing needs?

How we got here:

Web cams that clip on top of your PC monitor have instigated a revolution in desktop video conferencing made up of a whole array of great web based video conferencing tools, like Skype, Oovoo, Google Hangouts, WebEx, Cisco Jabber, Microsoft Lync, ClearOne Spontania, Zoom.US, Polycom RealPresence, GoToMeeting and many others. These software solutions originated in the consumer market but were quickly adopted by the commercial and professional markets, when their ample benefits were recognized.
With this wide ranging adoption of desktop video, the next thought was “Why can’t we use these great solutions in our meeting spaces as well?” And the answer was “You can.” Early adopters of this trend ran into a few issues however. The web cams and audio pods designed for the laptop and desktop were not quite up to the task of capturing the action in a larger meeting space.

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Topics: Video Conferencing, Audio Visual Advice, USB video conferencing, PTZ USB Cameras

HuddleCamHD announces Real SONY Lens Integration

Posted by Levi.davis on Aug 5, 2014 8:30:00 AM

USB Cameras with SONY Lens

HuddleCamHD announces three of their new HuddleCamHD USB Pan Tilt Zooms Cameras now come with real certified SONY SE600 lens's. This brings a whole new

level of quality to our HuddleCamHD USB PTZ Camera line for a variety of reasons. First of all, the SONY Quality Assurance process is just about the best in the world. Anyone who knows even a little bit about video conferencing and camera optics knows your picture is only as good as the lens your image sensor is using. Every SONY Lens is manufactured in Japan known for high quality optics ranked right up there with Germany.

The HuddleCamHD 3X Wide, HuddleCamHD 20X, and HuddleCamHD 30X Models both feature real SONY Lens's. Combining a real SONY lens with our HuddleCamHD camera design creates a unbeatable picture quality and performance.

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Topics: USB 3.0, Web Video Conferencing, USB video conferencing, HuddleCamHD, PTZ USB Cameras

Acadia Mobile USB Video Cart Case Study

Posted by Paul Richards on Jul 29, 2014 2:31:00 PM


INTRODUCTION:

The Problem: Acadia University was looking for a way to connect multiple classrooms and campus's together using Zoom.US. Zoom.US was catching on so quickly with both faculty and staff they Acadia needed to find a way to provide High Quality USB video conferencing equipment between classrooms. Without a budget to install video conferencing equipment in every room. They decided to build (2) Mobile video conferencing carts. One Dual Display and one Single Display video conferencing cart model. 

The Solution: Knowing Zoom.US will handle both single and dual display installations Acadia started with a super fast Mac Mini for the brains of the operation or "Soft Codec". They selected VFI's MC-1000 video conferencing cart made with stainless steel durable material and features two easy to use handles which enhance mobility. For the camera they chose the HuddleCamHD 10X for Optical Zoom, Presets, and 1080p video quality. The microphone solution chosen was Phoenix Audio Quattro 3. For a complete list of components see 

Complete Part List

Single display cart

Media cart:  http://www.video-furn.com/m_MC1000.htm?v=
Computer: Mac Mini
Webcam:  Huddlecam 10x
Conference phone: 2  Phoenix Quattro 3 MT303 (with daisy chain kit)
Display: NEC E554 - 55" LED-backlit LCD flat panel display
USB Extension: Tripp Lite USB 3 active extension repeater cable (for conference phone)

Dual display cart

Computer: Mac Mini
Webcam:  Huddlecam 10x
Conference phone: 2  Phoenix Quattro 3 MT303 (with daisy chain kit)
Displays: NEC E554 - 55" LED-backlit LCD flat panel display
USB Extension: Tripp Lite USB 3 active extension repeater cable (for conference phone)

 

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Topics: Mobile Carts, USB video conferencing, HuddleCamHD

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