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🌟 How to Use Video Conferencing Today📹

Posted by Julia Sherwin on Mar 18, 2020 3:00:28 PM

During this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, with business closures and working from home spanning several countries, how to use video conferencing has become a priority for most of us.  This tool will remain essential for businesses, small and large, to stay in touch with their employees, co-workers and customers. However, many of us are embarking on this work-from-home journey for the first time, so we wanted to put together some helpful information to guide you on how to use video conferencing.

Even if you aren't in a large office or conferencing space, this information should help you understand some of the key elements to consider if you want to create a video conferencing area in your home office.

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Topics: USB video conferencing, home office video conferencing, wireless video conferencing, zoom, how to use video conferencing

Interview with Icron Technologies

Posted by Emily Richards on Sep 18, 2018 8:07:00 AM

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!

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Topics: USB 3.0, USB extenders, USB video conferencing, Podcast

Broadcasting from the Boardroom - The latest trend in ProAV

Posted by Paul Richards on Jun 19, 2017 11:36:05 AM

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.

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Topics: Broadcasting, USB video conferencing, Live Streaming, Live Broadcasting, Video Production, AV

Simple Checklist for reducing "Video Jitter" & "Packet Loss" for web video conferencing

Posted by Paul Richards on Nov 23, 2015 11:07:00 AM

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).

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Topics: Web Video Conferencing, USB video conferencing, bandwidth, Live Streaming

When to video conference, when to live stream and when to do both!

Posted by Paul Richards on Oct 7, 2015 9:37:00 PM

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. 

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Topics: Web Video Conferencing, USB video conferencing, Zoom.US, YouTube Live, Live Streaming

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

Out with the old & in with the new[Video Conferencing Trends]

Posted by Paul Richards on Oct 20, 2014 6:51:00 PM

What's old? 

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! 

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Topics: Video Conferencing, Web Video Conferencing, USB video conferencing, web conferencing, cloud based conferencing

Introducing the MobileRoom from CRS

Posted by Paul Richards on Oct 5, 2014 11:53:00 AM

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Topics: Web Video Conferencing, Mobile Carts, USB video conferencing, web conferencing

5 Reasons why Companies are choosing USB Video Cameras over HDMI

Posted by Paul Richards on Sep 1, 2014 7:30:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Web Video Conferencing, USB video conferencing

4 Brilliant ways Online Meetings have become more Attractive

Posted by Paul Richards on Aug 13, 2014 6:30:00 AM

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.

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Topics: conference room packages, USB video conferencing


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