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Take on your Carbon Footprint with PledgeVideo.Org

Posted by Paul Richards on Nov 30, 2014 5:46:00 PM

Hello IT Professionals and Environmental Leaders!

Today we will be taking a quick look at PledgeVideo.Org and the Carbon Footprint reduction calculations you can use to show reducing business travel and the result that has on our environment.

PledgeVideo.Org's Mission Statement:

PledgeVideo.Org is a free online tool for companies to use and promote reductions in business travel and "carbon offet" using web video conferencing. With the growing online video conferencing industry making huge strides to reduce travel in the corporate world, a easy way to calculate carbon footprints reductions was needed. Please share this free tool and submit your results and display PledgeVideo.Org certificate badge! 

 

Calculate your Carbon Neutrality with PledgeVideo.Org

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Topics: Web Video Conferencing, Audio Visual Advice, pledgevideo.org

Calculating ROI for Video Conferencing

Posted by Joseph Mulcahy on Nov 30, 2014 11:56:00 AM

Hello Web Conferencing Professionals,

Calculating the ROI for Video Conferencing is an important step to justify increased investment in technology. There are quite a few variables and sometimes the task may seem daunting. That is why we have made one truly easy calculator to help you determine: A: Your Costs & B: Your Gains. With these two variables we are able to create a Return on Investment and Pay Back Period fairly easily. 

There are actual 3 calculators used. But don't be afraid the entire process takes less than 5 minutes!

Step 1: Estimate your cost of implementing video conferencing

Step 2: Estimate your gains from implementing video conferencing

Step 3: Input your results from Step 1 & Step 2 to determine your ROI and Payback Periods

Tip: When you are done calculate your total CO2 Emission Offset here.

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Topics: Web Video Conferencing, audio conferencing, Audio Visual Advice, web conferencing

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

Why simultaneous USB, HDMI, DVI and IP Streaming Options are important today

Posted by Paul Richards on Nov 10, 2014 7:30:00 AM

Hello fellow AV & IT folk,

As you may know cameras with simultaneuos video outputs are in high demand for applications such as: Distance Learning, Live Event Streaming and Video Conferencing. Having simultaneuos video outputs from one camera solves quite a few video conferencing problems when it comes to audio visual design. Let's take a look at 3 case study examples show casing why cameras with simultaneuos video output streaming can be beneficial.

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Topics: Web Video Conferencing, Audio Visual Advice, How To, web conferencing

How to avoid Video Conferencing Bandwidth issues

Posted by Paul Richards on Nov 2, 2014 7:15:00 PM

Video Conferencing Bandwidth Tools from Conference Room Systems 

Bandwidth is possibly the most important asset to a successful video conference call. Access to high quality bandwidth is also the driving force for the spread of high quality video conferencing. So how much bandwidth do you need and how can you quickly determine how much bandwidth your system has access to? 

Free Tool: Check your video conferencing bandwidth speeds anytime using our free network tool specifically designed for video conferencing anytime @ http://speed.conferenceroomsystems.com. Check your bandwidth speeds using any web browser! There is no PHP , Java, ASP or other server-side scripting needed! This is a pure JavaScript broadband tester run by the web browser. *Note this software is installed on 

our servers in Scottsdale, Arizona. If you are in another part of the world or would like to test our software on your network you can learn more here

Run a Free Speed Test Now!

Video Conferencing Bandwidth

Video Conferencing uses a lot of bandwidth. That bandwidth travels from the server that hosts the meeting to the network of the participants joined into the call. This server is located in Scottsdale, AZ, USA. So it's a great middle ground for testing what a GoToMeeting or Zoom.US call will use.

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Topics: Video Conferencing, Web Video Conferencing, Audio Visual Advice, web conferencing

WebRTC and Microsoft Lync Creating a Business Standard

Posted by Matthew Davis on Oct 24, 2014 9:08:35 AM

Anyone who has tried to keep in contact while saving money has needless to say watched, as conferencing solutions have gone from something that kinda-sorta-maybe could be considered a video call to high-quality, interactive discussions.

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Topics: Web Video Conferencing, Online Meeting Software, Audio Visual Advice, Microsoft Lync, MS Lync, Office 365, cloud based conferencing

Cisco PrecisionHD vs HuddleCamHD camera line

Posted by Paul Richards on Oct 22, 2014 5:21:45 PM

Dare to Compare

These video conferencing camera images were all shot identically in a single session. This comparison shows the difference in video quality of the HuddleCamHD line and the top of the line Cisco Precision HD 12X. For a base line CRS has used the Cisco PrecisionHD video quality to compare the new HuddleCamHD camera line proving that you don't have pay more for better quality. As you can see from these side by side images. 

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Topics: Video Conferencing, Web Video Conferencing, Audio Visual Advice

A Wireless Future for Video Conferencing

Posted by Matthew Davis on Oct 16, 2014 1:38:00 PM

From the early telephonoscope concept in 1879, which transmitted “light,” or images, accompanied by sound, to Germany’s first commercially available “videotelephony” in the late 1930s, people recognized the value in accompanying audio with images or video. 

By the 1970’s, AT&T’s Picturephone technology had pushed the market as far as it could go, evolving from a series of static images generated every few seconds to a “smooth” video stream. Yet further progress seemed stalled as a result of the pipelines—preexisting telephone lines, which could only carry limited amounts of data.

Not only was it limited, but the extreme costs of owning and maintaining such equipment were ghastly, particularly to the budget conscious businesses of the time. As a result, the technology would remain out of reach for most businesses over the next few years. 

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Topics: Web Video Conferencing, Online Meeting Software, Audio Visual Advice, web conferencing, wireless usb conference camera, wireless webcam

What makes the 21st century conference room tick?

Posted by Paul Richards on Sep 20, 2014 10:48:00 AM

1. Wireless Presentation

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Topics: Video Conferencing, Web Video Conferencing, Audio Visual Advice, Smart technologies, Touch screen LED LCD, Interactive Technology

How to connect H.323 & SIP to the Cloud

Posted by Paul Richards on Sep 20, 2014 10:35:00 AM

H.323/SIP & Web Conferencing

Video conferencing has come so far in the past few years. If you follow the industry you know web conferencing software provides like: BlueJeans, Spontania, Vidyo and Zoom.US are providing "H.323 & SIP" integration with their cloud based services. In essence, this is connecting the traditional video conferencing systems from Polycom and Cisco to the cloud without the need to purchase expensive hardware. Without going into too much detail H.323 was the original standard protocol and SIP is the new and improved protocol (more info here).

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Topics: Video Conferencing, Web Video Conferencing, Online Meeting Software, Audio Visual Advice, How To, H.323 and SIP

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