We have been asked to review the latest Vaddio RoboShot cameras with the PTZOptics camera line. For those of you who do not know Vaddio manufactures some of the industries top video conferencing cameras with USB. Vaddio's new RoboShot camera line has triple video streaming capabilities for HDMI, USB 3.0 and IP Streaming. PTZOptics is a camera manufacture who has a line of 12X and 20X HD-SDI, HDMI, USB 3.0 and IP Streaming capable cameras. So first let's start with the details of Vaddio's RoboShot line. Then we can use the PTZOptics comparison available here: (http://ptzoptics.com/comparison-charts/). And finally we can summarize the PTZOptics USB cameras and how they compare.
Normally you would think that the more you pay for a microphone the better the audio quality will be? Not so, judging from our USB & Bluetooth microphone audio recordings which show surprising results across the board. One thing for sure is a direct USB connection will always sound better than a bluetooth connection. For example listen to the Jabra Speak 510 with a direct USB connection vs a Bluetooth connection.
Mobile Video Conferencing using online meeting software like GoToMeeting, WebEX and Skype has been really easy and fun for IT departments to deploy and set up :). Projects today are now easy because of USB camera and microphone technology expanding the capabilities of any PC or Mac computer to host online meetings. This project was especially fun because it's mobile! We used a HuddleCamHD 10X for the camera and a Phoenix Audio Quattro 3 for the microphone. With a i7 Mac Mini engine powering video conference call, the entire experience is lighting fast. The HuddleCamHD 10X "Cruise Line" is especially helpful for remote participants to pan the room and view the areas of interest. With 10X optical reviewing the attendee's is a breeze! The Phoenix Audio Quattro is a great choice for pickup quality offering full HD Audio and echo-cancellation microphones. The "VFI Package B" cart is made with heavy duty metal handles, 5" balloon wheels, and a dual screen mount. NEC 60" LED-LCD displays were chosen for display both extended desktop / screen sharing and far / near side video participants.
Wireless Presentation is becoming the new standard for Collaboration in the Visual Communication Space. We now have 3 popular, tried and true solutions for wireless presentation solutions from Crestron, Mersive and Barco. The great divide is Hardware or Software? Many clients of our prefer a Hardware solution because it is a dedicated application with a dedicated purpose. Although Software Wireless Presentation Solutions have many benefits such as Unlimited Users, Unlimited Windows for Sharing, Unlimited Resolutions and improved security. So let's take a moment to review these technologies emerging in 2014.
When you are looking for ways to ensure smooth online meetings without pixelation, audio hiccups and frame skipping you need to check 2 things. Your available bandwidth and the CPU capabilities of the computer you are using to host the meeting. The Catch 22 is the fastest computer will look horrible without adequate bandwidth and vice versa for the ultimate download/upload speeds without a fast CPU. Cloud based video conferencing has started to take more processing power to the cloud and allowing host computers to get by with minimal requirement which we will look over soon. As a rule of thumb smooth bandwidth pipelines are more important than processing power. With that said all computers, tablets and smart phones using a given USB Video Conferencing software will have to meet the minimum specifications for reliable video conferencing. Even 3G and 4G speeds are now appropriate to join video conferencing calls on the cloud. Let's compare 3 popular cloud based video conferencing softwares minimum CPU and Bandwidth requirements.
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