Topics: Video Conferencing
Topics: Video Conferencing
Video conferencing is mainly associated with corporate boardrooms and offices trying to boost productivity and is not often though of for house of worship. But as churches become more comfortable with technology, many are starting to see the advantages of using professional conferencing technology in their ministries. Churches all over the country are using live streaming services to extend their reach and create lasting content. This same type of video technology can be used to bring people closer together in an even more personal way with video conferencing.
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.
New USDA Distance Learning Technology Grant for 2017
In 2017, the USDA will DLT (Distance Learning and Telemedicine) grant program will allocate over $17 Million Dollars in funding for distance learning and telemedicine programs. The program will help rural communities acquire technology to connect teachers and medical providers with needed expertise located at distances too far to access otherwise.
We want to help your organization secure a technology grant for distance learning and/or telemedicine. We can help with grant writing and technology planning.
"The Distance Learning & Telemedicine (DLT) program helps rural communities acquire technologies to connect teachers and medical providers serving rural residents with other teachers, medical professionals and other needed expertise located at distances too far to access otherwise." -USDA
Hello Pro AV & IT Managers,
Last week we talked about Slack adding video conferencing and Zoom adding live streaming. It’s interesting to watch each company adding features outside their core product as if they are worried about a turbulent 2017 in an already overcrowded market. February 13th, 2017, Amazon just announced their latest product, AWS Chime. It’s a full-featured video conferencing and chat application ready for immediate deployment. Amazon will take on Cisco and Microsoft in a market Gartner estimates to be $12 Billion last year and expected to climb to $22 billion by 2020.
Many prospective clients come to us with questions like, “Why do I need to conference through video vs. phone?” or“What’s the value of having an entire conferencing camera system?" I’m here to show you that, yes, it does make a difference. I’m not going to pitch to you why our products are amazing or better than the rest, we’ll save that argument for another day ;). I’m here to talk to you today about relationships.
Here’s an example of what I’m referring to. You go to your local deli every week to purchase your lunch meats and the occasional pot roast. You choose there as opposed to the supermarket because you enjoy contributing to a local business in your community. Joseph, the butcher, is a jolly old fellow that’s owned his delicatessen for 23 years now. He puts a smile on your face every time you walk in with his witty jokes and ability to remember your name, your order, and your kid's name. He tells you about his grandson’s soccer trophy and his wife’s silly nagging. His products are 30 cents more expensive to the dollar than the supermarket, but it’s worth it. That interaction you have with him every time you go to buy your cold cuts is part of a positive relationship you’ve built with this business owner. Your visits have become a fun experience.
Joseph’s the one that’s got it all figured out. What’s most important and often ignored in business is building and maintaining relationships with your clients and equally as significant, your employees. This can be difficult if you run a large company or a business that doesn’t allow for in-person interaction with the client. You’re left with reaching your customers via phone and e-mail, or spending the money to travel to meet. Investing in a video conference system provides a solution to these issues and allows you to develope or maintain those relationships.
Here's a simple layout of how video conferencing will benefit your business:
1) Reduces Travel Time & Cost
Installing a video conferencing system will eliminate the need for traveling and will, in turn, save you A LOT of time and money on flights, hotels, per diem, etc. This will also likely please your employees by not taking them away from their family and homes on a regular basis. Less travel time also allows employees more time for productive work in the office.
Every year ConferenceRoomSystems.com releases their predictions for the video conferencing industry along with the results from the previous year. We didn't see everything we predicted for 2016 but we did see some amazing advances in video conferencing, live streaming and wireless presentation.
See Last Years Predictions for 2016 below...
CRS is proud to announce we will be offering 3D conference room layouts with Google Sketchup! CRS is now offering 3D room layouts. We have a link below where you can get started with your next project to have a 3D rending made and drawn to scale! CRS is using Google Sketchup to create 3D Room Layouts for our customers audio visual projects. If you are working with an account manager from CRS, request a 3D rendering for your next project and meet with one of our engineers who can make you next project a success!
GoToMeeting vs Zoom.US
As a long time GoToMeeting customer I was so surprised how easy it was to move over to Zoom.US. For 1/5 the price I thought there was going to be huge feature gaps but acutally Zoom.US has features like SIP and H.323 integration that GoToMeeting does not! In fact if you are a Gmail user like me starting with Zoom.US is incredibly easy because you just login with your GMail account.