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When web conferencing & network video world's converge

Posted by Paul Richards on Apr 27, 2015 6:31:00 PM

Hello AV & IT Pro's,

The convergence between network video, usually used for video surveillance and web video conferencing, predominately used for online meetings, are benefiting organizations in some pretty cool new ways. The first time I saw these technologies come together was with the first time I used a regular USB webcam as a security camera with USB motion recording software. That was back in 2012 and a lot has changed.

Now PTZOptics offers cameras with built in UVC control, a camera control protocol for web conferencing software providers like GoToMeeting and Zoom.US, & ONVIF control, a camera control protocol used for surveillance video software like Axis, ExacqVision and Milestone, all built into just one camera! This means AV professionals can install 1 camera that that takes care of HD video conferencing and video surveillance all in one solution. Most video surveillance systems such as: Milestone, ExacqVision and Axis warmly accept H.264 IP streams with ONVIF control. Since the PTZOptics line also has USB 3.0 you can use the same camera with almost any web conferencing provider from Google Hangouts to WebEX. So now the high end board room users and facilities managers can finally agree on a win win camera solution!

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Topics: UVC Camera Control, ONVIF

Is UVC Control the best option for "far end camera control"?

Posted by Paul Richards on Dec 18, 2014 1:44:00 PM

Good morning Web Conferencing Professionals,

I wanted to share an eye opening web conference call I had today with a company called "SecureVideo". SecureVideo.Com provides HIPAA compliant video conferencing software based off the VSee conferencing engine. Our goal was to test the Remote PTZ Control capabilities for the HuddleCamHD camera line. The first camera we tested was the HuddleCamHD 12X which we had connected via USB 3.0. We found the PTZ Controls worked perfected and pop up right in the video window using Secure Video. 

What is UVC?

"The USB video device class (also USB video class or UVC)... Webcams were among the first devices to support the UVC standard and they are currently the most popular UVC devices... UVC v1.1 support transmission of compressed video streams, including MPEG-2 TSH.264MPEG-4 SL SMPTE VC1 and MJPEG" - Wikipedia

Compatible Cameras for Remote PTZ Control using UVC:

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Topics: Web Video Conferencing, web conferencing, Far End Camera Control, UVC Camera Control


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