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Audio Visual Insights for Web-Conferencing and Live Streaming

Somebody pinch me... Live Streaming & Video Conferencing are finally playing nice :)

Posted by Paul Richards on Dec 14, 2015 11:00:22 AM

Hello AV & IT Pros!

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Topics: Video Conferencing, Epiphan, YouTube Live, Live Streaming, zoom

As world leaders meet in Paris - PledgeVideo.org helps businesses calculate carbon footprint reductions w/ focus on telecommuting

Posted by Paul Richards on Nov 29, 2015 4:14:08 PM

World leaders meet in Paris this week for COP21 climate change meeting. PledgeVideo.org promises to help "stateside" with free online tools for individuals and businesses of any size  for planning ways to reduce carbon emissions from business travel. 

As world leaders meet in Paris this week to discuss climate change PledgeVideo.org helps businesses understand what we can do stateside to reduce carbon emissions with videoconferencing. PledgeVideo.org hopes that turning the conversation inward and focusing on what can be done at home collectively will help individuals and businesses take advantage of "low hanging fruit" such as video conferencing technology.

One of the easiest ways to reduce your personal or organizational carbon footprint is to reduce travel. As the costs for video conferencing technology continue to become more affordable, implementing effective online conferencing plans can easily produce amazing ROI oppurtunities and help reduce carbon emissions at the same time! It's really a win-win for everyone and this time the environment is included!

In this article we will review the PledgeVideo.org tools you can use to determine your organizations carbon footprint. Rather than focusing on the climate tipping points and raising global temperatures our world leaders are grappling with in Paris I'd like to focus on something any individual, small or large business can implement to reduce our carbon footprint regardless of the actual hardware or software that is used. 

PledgeVideo.Org's Mission Statement:

PledgeVideo.Org is a free online tool for companies to use and promote reductions in business travel and "carbon offet" using web video conferencing. With the growing online video conferencing industry making huge strides to reduce travel in the corporate world, a easy way to calculate carbon footprints reductions was needed. Please share this free tool and submit your results and display PledgeVideo.Org certificate badge! 


Calculate your Carbon Neutrality with PledgeVideo.Org

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Topics: Video Conferencing, pledgevideo.org

Personify and AltSpace VR Too Early to the Party?

Posted by Paul Richards on Jul 16, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Personify and AltSpaceVR are aiming to change the way you think about video conferencing 

Virtual Reality and Augmented are two of the hottest topics right now. Microsoft is working hard to get its HoloLens ready to counter Oculus Rift but both of these companies are focusing more on gaming. There are several startups who are working on using virtual reality to bring a more immersive experience in socializing and video conferencing. Two of such startups are AltSpaceVR and Personify.    

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Topics: Video Conferencing

A New Outlook, Skype for Business Now Integrated with Office 365

Posted by Paul Richards on Jun 29, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Skype for Business, Improved and Integrated with Office 365

Microsoft has replaced Microsoft Lync with the improved Skype for Business video conferencing software. Skype for Business is an improvement over Microsoft Lync while retaining the same popular features and adding new ones. Great news for professionals, Skype for Business offers new integrations with Office 365. There are three pricing plans now available for users – Business Online 1, Business Online 2 and Server 2015.

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Topics: Video Conferencing, audio conferencing, Audio Visual Advice, Microsoft Lync, skype for business

Our top 5 Booths to visit at InfoComm 2015

Posted by Paul Richards on Jun 12, 2015 9:59:00 AM

Hi Everyone!

InfoComm 2015 is going to have so many new and exciting products this year we decided to make a short list of the technology you shouldn't miss. In fact, InfoComm published "97% of our attendees say that seeing new products is their #1 reason for coming to InfoComm." If you are coming to InfoComm to see new products than the Innovation Showcase is a must stop by area! Of course distribution companies like Stampede Global are big enough to put on a technology show case of there own. We put together a short list of the booth you won't want to miss.

1. Stampede Global Booth #3859

Follow on Twitter: @StampedeGlobal

Stampede made the top of our list this year for one simple reason: the promise to mix video conferencing with the industries top drone manufactures. Stampede is known to "stay ahead of the herd" and by combining video conferencing and ariel drone usage they will definitely be on the cutting edge. The plan, as I was told by Gordon Miller, head of Unified Communications at Stampede Global, is to connect the "drone flight area" with the main Stampede booth. Stampede will have 60'x60' booth this year to demonstrate everything from Vidyo, HuddleCamHD. PTZOptics and the latest Samsung Smart Collaboration Displays. Check out the Stampede presentation schedule here.

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Topics: Video Conferencing, PTZ USB Cameras, InfoComm 2015

Top 10 Web Based Tools for Audio Visual Design

Posted by Paul Richards on Feb 6, 2015 3:20:00 PM

Hello A/V & IT Professionals.

As we all know A/V & IT have been "converging" for years. We are now starting to see really useful tools for audio visual design created to live in the web. This saves everyone time by serving up premuim content that can be accessed from practically any location whether you have a hardwired or using 3G/4G wireless connection. In this article we are going to look at the apps that are particularly helpful for audio visual design. 

Special Note: We only review applications with public access. Yes, Crestron and Extron both have great applications that are just for dealers. But knowing not everyone has access we chose to restrict this blog post to just free applications.

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Topics: Video Conferencing

Basics of Video Conferencing Networking

Posted by Paul Richards on Jan 21, 2015 2:24:00 PM

Hello Web Conferencing Professionals,

Today we are going to review the "Basics of Video Conferencing Networking" as it applies to your network internally

What is a Network?

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Topics: Video Conferencing, Web Video Conferencing, networking, bandwidth

Top 5 Features for Web Conferencing Software Review

Posted by Paul Richards on Jan 14, 2015 12:28:10 PM

Web Conferencing Software Top 5 Feature Lists:

In this review we take the our Top 5 Features we feel are most important for video conferencing software and name our Top 5 software providers who exemplify these features.

  • Affordability
  • Ease of Use
  • Interoperability
  • Mobile Perfomance
  • Security
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Topics: Video Conferencing, web conferencing

Who has the best mobile app for video conferencing in the industry?

Posted by Paul Richards on Jan 14, 2015 12:17:00 PM


Hello Web Conferencing Professionals!

Who has the best video conferencing app for iOS and Android? We took down the latest review from 2015 and put together our top 10 mobile video conferencing apps. The tables below show the user ratings for various web conferencing software providers. We found this is a wonderful way to do a completely objective review :) with the caveat that we simply could not review every company :( If your looking for more features to compare such as: Security, Interoperability, Affordability and more read our Top 5 Feature Post here!

Here is our list based on user reviews:

  1. Zoom.US
  2. VSee
  3. Vidyo
  4. GoToMeeting
  5. Bluejeans
  6. WebEX
  7. Skype
  8. Adobe Connect
  9. AT&T Connect
  10. Fuze
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Topics: Video Conferencing, Web Video Conferencing, web conferencing

CRS releases new Designer App!

Posted by Paul Richards on Jan 12, 2015 12:32:00 PM

Hello Web Conferencing Professionals!

CRS is really proud to be releasing our first ever video conferencing room layout application. It works on virtually any PC, Mac or mobile device using your favorite web browser!

This free app is released by Conference Room Systems in 2015 to provide an easy way to design USB based video conferencing systems for any room size. Room sizes available: HuddleRooms, Classrooms, Conference Rooms and Boardrooms. Simply choose the room your want to work in and set up your conference room with: cameras, microphones, computers, mixers, furniture, podiums and much more. Once you are done you can print out your room design and total up your estimated budget. This is a great place to start if you are designing a video conferencing room and you want it to be compatible with popular software such as: BlueJeans, Google Hangouts, FuzeBox, Skype for Business, MeetFree.US, WebEX, VSee or Zoom.US.

Start Designing Here!

Download out App for Android here!

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Topics: Video Conferencing, Web Video Conferencing


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