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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.
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.
Originally posted on Author's LinkedIN page here.
We have moved over to the dark side of video communications… Live Streaming. In some ways, I miss the lightside. GoToWebinar, Cisco Event Center and Zoom Webinar were comfortable. They weren’t too expensive and I enjoyed the easy to manage platforms that just felt good.
**Originally posted on LinkedIN here...
Facebook started off the new year by introducing a new application that's going to change the game for live streaming. Hosting more than 1.8 Billion users, Facebook is constantly producing clever ways to increase ease of user interface. Facebook has certainly jumped on board with the rise of live streaming. The new Facebook Live Streaming App has made the process handy for people at any level of experience. Users are now able to connect directly to a streaming device like the PTZOptics HD Live Streaming Cameras. This is opposed to the prior need to go through the RTSP streaming process. This new feature now makes live streaming easier than ever. Here's what you need to know:
1. App is now accessible from your desktop computer
2. Users have ability to create mini streaming studios with USB based video products
3. The simplicity of the app is going to attract A LOT more Facebook Live users, and therefore viewers
Now that we have informed you about this new and exciting app, here's the catch. Facebook is still distributing the app to all accounts, so not everyone has it yet. We were lucky enough to have one account that has been updated. Attached to this blog is a short video tutorial introducing the app and showing off some of its features. Some of the key features include ability to switch microphones and cameras, live chat with your viewers, and a simple icon listed alongside the status and photo update links. Here's some visuals for you:
It’s never been easier to set up a live stream of your school student announcement show before. Today’s technology from googles YouTube live to PTZoptics USB connected cameras live streaming can truly be plug and play. If your school can set up a small broadcast studio it can become an amazing resource for both faculty staff and students to create amazing promotional videos and live streams. If you can set up a green screen and proper lighting your school will have the ability to create television quality 1080 P live videos and streams for student announcements out reach programs and much much more.