Icron Technologies is the global leader in extending USB and HD video extension solutions. We often use their solutions in tandem with our Video Conferencing and Live Streaming cameras, so we wanted to ask Icron a little more about what they offer and who is using these solutions. We interviewed Thomas Schultz, the business manager at Icron, let us know what you think of the interview in the comments below!
Hello Pro AV & Broadcast Professionals!
Just getting back from InfoComm 2017, and a major trend appeared. Videos are being made inside traditional meetings spaces more than ever before. Not only are more rooms “video enabled” as we say in the industry, but every video conference, live streaming and webinar software includes a big red “record” button nested prominently inside the interface. That big red button is getting used more than ever, contributing to the staggering 300 hours of video being uploaded to YouTube every minute!
We have all sat through a recorded webinar right? They are getting better, but the majority of recorded webinars are sub-par in comparison to polished videos viewers are becoming more and more accustomed to. I would guess the last recorded webinar you watched is something your co-workers would call “death by powerpoint”. It’s not uncommon to come across recordings on YouTube with poor audio and video quality BUT when you do come across a video that was helpful and well prepared… that’s when users start to click the “subscribe” button. This is where social network sharing and communities discussions can start to uplift your video content and take your content further.
Hello IT & AV Pros!
In this blog post we review how to iron out “video jitter” and “packet loss” with a simple check list for improving online meetings.
In an effort to increase the quality of online meetings for our customers we have created a easy to use checklist of “best practices” for connecting to an online video conferencing service such as GoToMeeting, Skype for Business, WebEX or Zoom. Understanding the quality of bandwidth access available and the common causes of packet loss will help increase the quality of your online video meetings.
We have two free tools available at the end of this article to help you avoid common pitfalls. First we have our best practices checklist which includes a detailed list of tips and suggestions for “video conferencing, recording, live streaming and mobile connections.” Second we have a free online tool for spot testing bandwidth access. This tool is available at http://speed.huddlecamhd.com and it allows users to ping our server in Scottsdale, AZ (more info available speed.huddlecamhd.com).
Hello AV & IT Pros!
We hope this will be an interesting post for anyone who has wondered: Should I set up a video conference call or a webinar?
What events are best suited for a video conference, a webinar or just a plain old live stream?
Sometimes the video conferencing service your using can't host everyone your expecting... Sometimes you only want to broadcast a one-way live stream. With the rise of YouTube Live, will the world of video conferencing and live streaming find synergies?
If your planning a big event you might ask yourself if your video conferencing service has enough space for everyone that your expecting. When you plan larger video conference calls, most services like GoToMeeting, WebEX and Zoom suggest webinar packages. These packages are great for adding more "view only" participants and they solve most meeting capacity limits up to 3,000 users.
But what if you want to do more of a live broadcast? You might not really need to set up a video conference at all! Maybe you can use a service like YouTube Live to stream to thousands of viewers around the world for free!
In this post we will discuss these options plus a way to combine them! That's right, tips for live broadcasting your video conference calls using YouTube Live :)
When to Video Conference:
If your used to video conferencing you will find any excuse to use it. Let's face it. Video conferencing is super easy these days! Once users start benefiting from the time savings, the cost savings and the superior communication it starts to make an impression. This is not just some "honeymoon" with a cool new piece technology either. Video conferencing usages "Grew by 100% in the past 2 years 2013-2015" (more in this Vytopia report). So using video conferencing is coming naturally to today's tech saavy workers.
If you are interested to learn more about when to meet "face to face" vs "online" check out this great article by Joe Mullich of the Wall Street Journal.
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.
- Camera can pick up subjects without using digital compensation
- Easy walk in ready lighting scenes
- Far end can clearly see everyone including facial expressions
In technology today, anything that is 2 years or older is "old". Just take a look at the latest iPhone and it's predecessors. Every year you can expect products to be twice as good for half the price. It's a great world to live in if you ask me!
The writing is more than on the wall. It's a proven fact that companies are moving away from Hardware Based video conferencing codecs and moving to cloud based solutions in droves! So let's take a moment to look at why USB Video Cameras are becoming such as big thing.
1. Single Sign-On
Single Sign-On makes things easy! So easy that you don't even need a separate login or password to jump on a video call or log in to schedule a appointment. Most common Single Sign-On options are: Facebook and Google.
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.