Hello ProAV & IT Professionals!
Hello IT and AV Engineers!
I recently got a chance to test out some of the industries top auto tracking camera solutions. Last year at INFOCOMM we saw quite a few new auto-tracking cameras solutions from 1Beyond, HuddleCamHD, Vaddio and PTZOptics. We will get into each of these companies auto-tracking solutions in this blog and I have side by side footage for the HuddleCamHD SimplTrack and PTZOptics Perfect Track.
Auto Tracking Cameras for Lecture Capture
The good news is that that auto-tracking cameras are finally here with some impressive performance. The HuddleCamHD Simpltrack pictured above has some amazing features for controlling the speed and sensistivity we test out in the video below. We also, did a very similar test with the PTZOptics Perfect. I have to say the HuddleCamHD Simpltrack has a much more feature rich interface for auto-tracking. The "Tracking Parameters" turned out to much more in-depth. While, I do love the simplicity of the Perfect Track system from PTZOptics (and the cameras) take a look at the PTZOptics Perfect Track interface below.
I have been waiting to write about this use case for what seems like an eternity. Our Kickstarter has finally launched, production is underway and the product is finallyavailable for pre-order! So I am happy to announce we can now make any USB 2.0 webcam wireless! This has been one of our most popular requests since we released the HuddleCamHD 3X back in 2014 and the demand for easy to install USB based video conferencing equipment has been growing tremendously.
HuddleCamHD just launched the world's first Wireless USB 2.0 extension system on Kickstarter today! When it comes to professional meeting spaces is it really OK to have USB cables draped over the floor? How many conference rooms have you been in with cables connecting the computer, to the USB camera and speakerphone all draped over the floor? Well, today we are announcing the industry's first ever wireless USB extension system built for video conferencing!
Remember last week when we talked about Zoom Video Communicationsadding live streaming to their webinar platform (article here)? Now the video production software market is looking for a piece of the pie, in a converging industry with a combined worth an estimated $100+ Billion by 2020 (Video Communications & Live Streaming — See sources below)!
So let’s look at one of the live streaming industries most innovative video production companies who has slipped in a peer-to-peer video conferencing add-on to their latest release. vMix just announced new feature called “vMix Call” and I think this is a GAME CHANGER for the live streaming market! vMix Call allows users to instantly launch a video conference call inside their professional 4K capable video production software suite. As you will see in this video vMix now supports the ability to add an input specifically for video calling with guests on your live show. This is perhaps one of the most exciting features being released in vMix 19 AND it’s already available for BETA testing.
New USDA Distance Learning Technology Grant for 2017
In 2017, the USDA will DLT (Distance Learning and Telemedicine) grant program will allocate over $17 Million Dollars in funding for distance learning and telemedicine programs. The program will help rural communities acquire technology to connect teachers and medical providers with needed expertise located at distances too far to access otherwise.
We want to help your organization secure a technology grant for distance learning and/or telemedicine. We can help with grant writing and technology planning.
"The Distance Learning & Telemedicine (DLT) program helps rural communities acquire technologies to connect teachers and medical providers serving rural residents with other teachers, medical professionals and other needed expertise located at distances too far to access otherwise." -USDA
Wireless USB 2.0 Video Extension Systems
Wireless USB video extensions
Hello Pro AV & IT Managers,
Last week we talked about Slack adding video conferencing and Zoom adding live streaming. It’s interesting to watch each company adding features outside their core product as if they are worried about a turbulent 2017 in an already overcrowded market. February 13th, 2017, Amazon just announced their latest product, AWS Chime. It’s a full-featured video conferencing and chat application ready for immediate deployment. Amazon will take on Cisco and Microsoft in a market Gartner estimates to be $12 Billion last year and expected to climb to $22 billion by 2020.