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Competitive Online Meeting Software Matrix

Posted by Paul Richards on Aug 18, 2014 8:30:00 PM

With so many choices in the Online Meeting software marketplace CRS decided to simply your life :). Check out our complete Online Video Conferencing Competitive Matrix which includes:
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Topics: Web Video Conferencing, Online Meeting Software, Audio Visual Advice

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

Friday Webinar Schedule

Posted by Patrick Kirby on Jul 16, 2014 4:45:00 PM

Friday Webinar Schedule

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Topics: Webinars, Audio Visual Advice

Video Conferencing Bandwidth

Posted by Patrick Kirby on Jul 16, 2014 4:40:00 PM

Bandwidth vs Computing Power

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

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

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


Posted by Patrick Kirby on Feb 22, 2014 5:55:00 PM

What’s the difference between SIP and VOIP?

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Topics: audio conferencing, Audio Visual Advice

What Customers Are Looking For In A Video Conference Camera

Posted by Patrick Kirby on Feb 10, 2014 3:38:00 PM


Today more than ever everyone is looking for interoperable solutions to fit the needs of an ever changing landscape. Companies are turning to cloud based video conferencing in droves for easy to use set up where the most important feature is simply being able to email an invitation to a client and knowing they can join from any PC, Mac or Smart mobile device. Just look at the overwhelming success of Bluejeans who offers interoperability between traditional Cisco & Polycom H.323/SIP endpoints with the majority of cloud based solutions like MS Lync, Cisco Jabber, Skype and Google Hangout. The interoperability issues that IT teams have been dealing with for the past 25 years are finally starting to give way. The most important feature a Video Conferencing Camera can have is USB 2.0 or USB 3.0. With USB connection ports Video Conferencing cameras can be used for all of the above cloud based video conferencing systems. Not only can users easily identify how to connect their laptop the entire cloud based solution offerings available decrease technology adoption time and training requirements.
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Topics: Audio Visual Advice

The State of Video Conferencing 2014 Review

Posted by Patrick Kirby on Jan 12, 2014 3:47:00 PM

The State of Video Conferencing 2014

This Review covers Video Conferencing Technology in General as it has progressed over the past 34 years since the 1980's before Video Conferencing technology existed. In this review we cover important video conferencing facts highlighting improved productivity from travel time and increased Return on Investment trends due to lowered costs using Professional USB Technology. Not only do we cover Traditional Hardware Video Conferencing Systems such as Polycom, Cisco and Lifesize but we delve into the world of Software Video Conferencing such as Vidyo and MS Lync and Cloud Based Video Conferencing such as Blue Jeans, GoToMeeting & WebEX.
The State of Video Conferencing in general covers the USB Revolutions and drastic cost savings for High Quality Video Conferencing Equipment used in Boardrooms and Conference rooms. Learn More about Video Conferencing and Conference Room Equipment Technology @

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Topics: Audio Visual Advice

Smart LightRaise vs Epson Brightlink

Posted by Paul Richards on Apr 19, 2013 3:46:00 PM

Costs, Performance and Brightness

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Topics: Audio Visual Advice, Smart technologies


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