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Patrick Kirby

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Epiphan Broadcasting

Posted by Patrick Kirby on Jul 16, 2014 4:17:00 PM


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Topics: Epiphan, Broadcasting

Wireless Bluetooth Microphones

Posted by Patrick Kirby on Jul 16, 2014 4:14:00 PM

Bluetooth Wireless USB Speakerphones

With only a few options for Bluetooth Wireless microphones available at the beginning on 2014 we put together the list of our favorite Small, Medium and Large Bluetooth options. Bluetooth is a great way to extend your microphone for a USB Web Video Conference System wirelessly. We review 3 of the top Bluetooth enabled wireless USB microphones used for general audio conferencing and a perfect compliment to any USB Video Conferencing System for Cloud Based VTC. We review Bluetooth Wireless USB Chatpods from Jabra, Konftel and Evoko. The Jabra Speak 510 is a great affordable goto bluetooth wireless USB microphones. We also have the Konftel 55W which has just introduced it's USB, Bluetooth and Analog Conference phone capabilities. And finally the New Evoko Minto which covers a wooping 30'x30 area with 4 built in microphones.

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Topics: audio conferencing, Bluetooth Technology

Logitech BCC950 vs CC3000e

Posted by Patrick Kirby on Jul 16, 2014 4:12:00 PM

BCC950 vs CC3000e

We take the Logitech Bcc950 vs cc3000e and compare everything from PTZ Controls, Far End Camera Control, 1080p USB resolutions, Optical Zoom and Camera Viewing Angles.

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Topics: Video Conferencing

Appropriate LCD Size Guide

Posted by Patrick Kirby on Jul 16, 2014 4:10:00 PM

Is it time to upgrade the display in your conference room?

Here’s a brief overview of how to select the correct size.

How to determine the appropriate size display for your space?

A simple calculation is used. The only measurement you’ll need to figure this out is the distance of the furthest person in the room to the display. Let’s say you have a board room that is 16’ long. The furthest viewer is most likely seated at the end of the conference room table. For this example, we’ll say they’re about 12’ from the display. That needs to be turned into inches. We’re now at 144”. Next, divide that by 6 and get 24”. That’s the suggested height of the screen. A display with a height of 24” has a 46” diagonal. For a room with the furthest viewer being about 12’ from the screen, you should have a 46” display in order to read a 24-point font. You may think 24-point font seems large. However, that’s considered best practice when presenting a PowerPoint or Excel spreadsheet. If you aren’t already, it’s a nice recommendation to your team when they present. Furthest Viewer Suggested Display Diagonal Approximate Display Price

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Topics: Audio Visual Advice

USB Video Production Studios

Posted by Patrick Kirby on Jul 16, 2014 12:07:00 PM

USB Video Production Studios have exploded into the online meeting and online presentation space because and now small, medium and large scale USB Video production studios are popping up everywhere! With online broadcasting / streaming software such as: YouStream, Justin.TV, xSplit, Open Broadcasting Software, TriCaster and more the possibilities for affordable video productions studios are opening up for almost any budget.

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Topics: Video Conferencing

Mersive Solstice - How to Revoke a License

Posted by Patrick Kirby on Jul 16, 2014 12:00:00 PM

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Topics: Wireless Presentation

Cisco Update SX10!

Posted by Patrick Kirby on Apr 11, 2014 5:01:00 AM

As most of you know, Cisco has released a decent amount of new products. They've repositioned themselves to be slightlymore affordable. The SX10 is $3,990 because they don't like seeing USB cameras in place of their products. Their idea is that by they time you buy a USB cam with the computer you will be around the cost of the SX10. I must say, it is a nice little camera and only takes a few minutes to set up. They're also offering different zooms on the cameras. This will help us save money for those smaller rooms that don't need 12x every time. The SpeakerTrack 60 is Cisco's version of the Eagle Eye Director. Cisco's Intelligent Proximity is their way to control content from your iPad or iPhone. It's not made for Android yet and is not expected until 2015. It also has zero security options.
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Topics: Audio Visual Advice

USB 3.0 Pinouts

Posted by Patrick Kirby on Apr 9, 2014 9:02:00 AM

We have extracted this info from Wikipedia and created a Pin-out table showing the cabling of USB 3.0.

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Topics: USB 3.0

Cost of Video Conferencing Keeps Going Down!

Posted by Patrick Kirby on Mar 15, 2014 8:32:00 AM

Cost of Video Conferencing Keeps Going Down!

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Topics: Video Conferencing, audio conferencing, conference room packages

Android Based Video Conferencing

Posted by Patrick Kirby on Feb 22, 2014 5:56:00 PM

The all new Android Snapdragon processor has a quad core engine that is both powerful and affordable. The new android chipset lends itself not only to Smart Phone Innovations like the Galaxy S4 but also to purpose based applications like web video conferencing and digital signage for example. Using an android based computer as a "soft codec" video conferencing endpoint is not only affordable but it's practical.
This approach worked successfully for Tely Labs in 2013 with the telyHD and telyHD Pro video conferencing cameras which used the Tegra 2 Dual-Core ARM A9. Both cameras offer Android based built in computers capable of 6 way video calling, wireless content sharing and web browsing. With this approach Tely Labs is able to offer a ground breaking prices $249 & $649 respectively for these all in one video conferencing solutions with the android operating system supporting full High Definition video resolutions connected directly to any HDTV via HDMI. As you would expect with any Android Smart Phone processor the telyHD cameras support WiFi and can easily handle data transfers such as 1-2 MBs up and down. Perfect for Skype video conferencing....
But affordability is just one aspect of this changing sweep in android computers used for video conferencing technology. With the newer Android Snapdragon Quad Core chipsets featured in BigSHOT-HDs VCAA computers IT professionals can install any web video conferencing software they choose. Unlike the Tely Labs cameras VueQuest is introducing a new line of android appliances with the BYOS "Bring Your Own Software" approach. VueQuest packages these affordable android appliances with their low cost PTZ USB camera line & microphone for complete packages starting at only $1399. With a few software optimization tools IT pros can also lock down the Android devices allowing users to only access the video conferencing software supported / installed by a given organization. Improved control over locked down devices with a dedicated purpose reduces user error and IT support time. With the newest android processor IT professionals can remotely log into the computers for simple support, maintenance and even remote video conferencing controls such as Pan Tilt Zoom on a PTZ webcam.
Furthermore the latest Android Processors can handle multiple USB inputs. The VCAA purpose built computers from BigSHOT-HD support 2 USB ports, 1 digital video output, WiFi and high speed Ethernet. Multiple USB ports allow for optimal user experiences and computer processing power for those inputs. The last generation of Android based video conferencing cameras like the telyHD pro supported only 1 USB input. We did experimentation trying to get more out of just 1 USB input with mixed success. Using a USB HUB works with basic technology such as a wireless keyboard/mouse, USB memory key and extension microphones but does not work with many more advanced devices like a Vaddio EasyUSB Amp. With the new VCAA computers built with 5 dedicated USB ports the opportunity for customization is endless. A classic USB video conferencing setup would be: 1) USB camera 2) USB microphone. (When more USB ports are desired for remote PTZ control a larger Intel NUC is available which also supports dual displays.) The Android processor quad core capabilities can easily support these devices while streaming 1-2MBs of bandwidth during a high powered video conferencing call.
So where does that leave the world of USB Video Conferencing? With a whole lot of new options for unified communication deployments. USB video conferencing's biggest opportunity is the compatibility across operating systems, software services and plug and play usability. Large organizations who have already deployed hundreds of Logitech webcams for use with platforms such as: Cisco Jabber and MS Lync will see the need for integration into the conference room with similar technology. Sales teams will require flexibility in video conferencing services to connect them with customers that use various software services from Skype to Bluejeans. And most of all simple economics. The cost of USB based video conferencing system will vary from 1/3 to 1/20th the cost of traditional video conferencing equipment. As recurring software licensing and cloud based video conferencing service costs continue to go down, we expect free services like Skype and Google Hangoutd to increase features and stay true to the FREE cost policies. Google
Hangouts are quickly becoming a corporate favorite for easy of use and now seamless screen sharing is available. Google Hangouts are also innovating in all kinds of directions including marketing where live webinars, shows, and content can be streamed, recorded and available for on-demand playback either internally for training or externally on YouTube for marketing. Needless to say cloud based video conferencing has far surpassed the feature set of traditional video conferencing (assuming good bandwidth access).
At PTZWebcam.com we strive to provide the latest and most relevant product information for IT Professionals. With over 27 years of experience in the Video Conferencing industry Haverford Systems is leading the way for a new wave of video conferencing that will enable organization to equip more rooms with video. Finally many small/medium sized organizations will be able to reap the benefits of reduced travel and improved productivity from web based video conferencing. Our goal is to provide honest product advice, system configuration and support to customers taking advantage of USB video conferencing. Our services range from complete installation and support to simple product demonstrations and training. With the recent addition of ConferenceRoomSystems.com we are even offering complete pre-made system kits that are ready to install with wiring diagrams, training videos and support technicians available over video. So feel free to browse our USB web video conferencing solutions and product offerings.

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Topics: Video Conferencing


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