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Skype for Business Remote PTZ Control with the Logitech CC3000e

Skype for Business Remote PTZ Control with the Logitech CC3000e

Skype for Business Far End Camera Control Software

Hello USB Pros!

So everyone knows about the new Logitech cc3000e by now right? This has been a great easy to use USB 2.0 video conferencing camera (beside the sub-par speakerphone) for under $1,000! So one thing a lot of people don't know is that the Logitech CC3000e also comes with a free Skype for Business / Microsoft Lync video conferencing plugin that provides the far end with video camera pan tilt zoom controls. Logitech has stated that that both ends do require a "conference cam" meaning either a cc3000e or a bcc950 ptz camera at both ends. Therefore not too many people have actually had a chance to try out this free video conferencing plug-in for skype for business that logitech has made. 

In the video below, Paul Richards, from Conference Room Systems show us the Logitech cc3000e Skype for Business plugin in action using two computers to show remote control over (Microsoft Lync when the video was recorded and posted to YouTube) now Skype for Business. So without further explanation check out this great video of the Logitech cc3000e plug-in in action online using a Windows computer connected to a gigabit network with a 50M up/down network. 

If you have used the logitech cc3000e remote pan tilt zoom plug-in for Skype for Business or Microsoft Lync let us know what you thought! This is a great example of UVC camera control. See our UVC camera control article here: UVC Camera Control and why it is the future? The Logitech cc3000e uses only 1 USB 2.0 cable that comes out of a proprietary USB hub. The webcam and speakerphone include 16' proprietary cables that connect to this USB hub which provides both the camera and speakerphone power. From here the USB hubs can pass UVC control for the camera's Pan Tilt & Zoom operations. No the 16' cables cannot be extended at this time but you can extend the USB 2.0 with a USB 2.0 extension. For more about USB extensions see here: Part 2 - Why USB 3.0 for AV & USB cabling limitations/extensions

Kudos, to Logitech for creating a dynamic plugin for Skype for Business and thanks for reading another post by the USB Pros!

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USB Cameras with RS-232 Control

USB Cameras with RS-232 Control

 

We will name off a few USB PTZ cameras that include RS-232/RS-485 control and include them in this article. Breaking through this barrier of USB PTZ Cameras and Serial Control will lead to a higher adoption of web conferencing with traditional audio visual integration companies who rely on control systems to provide full proof "we can do anything" solutions. Large Audio Visual integration firms such as Whitlock, AVI/SPL and Carousel Industries are going to want to keep their highly skilled crestron and AMX programmers designing systems while at the same time remaining relevant in the world of "web video conferencing". To do this they need products that support USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 while at the same time support RS-232/RS-485 serial control they use. 

Here I will list a few USB Pan Tilt Zoom cameras that have both USB and RS-232.

  • HuddleCamHD 3X
  • HuddleCamHD 10X
  • HuddleCamHD 12X
  • HuddleCamHD 20X
  • HuddleCamHD 30X
  • PTZOptics 12X-USB
  • PTZOptics 20X-USB
  • Vaddio RoboShot 12X
  • Vaddio ClearVIEW

Until the HuddleCamHD camera line came out the Vaddio ClearVIEW was one of the only cameras with this capability. That was a tough sell at times especially for smaller applications because the price tag is $4,000! Now we have options from HuddleCamHD and PTZOptics. In Fact, PTZOptics has a nice little comparison between the Vaddio RoboShot and the PTZOptics camera line I will show below.

PTZOptics RS-232 and USB camera line vs Vaddio ClearVIEW and RoboShot

Serial control can also come in handy for production studios. As live broadcasting and now "Web Casting" become more and more popular the demand for high quality USB pan tilt zoom cameras increase. Many of these production studios are accustom to using PTZ joystick controls that operate with RS-232. So being in the industry I have seen the eyes pop when the customer sees a product with both USB and RS-232 and the combination has been something of a success as of late. 

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USB Video Group Approved Topics

USB Video Group Approved Topics

 

  • New Cloud Based Video Conferencing Services
    • Video Conferencing Service Comparisons
    • New Features and Applications
    • Troubleshooting
    • Video Recording
    • WebRTC
  • USB Cameras - New Products, Applications and Troubleshooting
  • Video Streaming
    • YouTube Live, Wooza and cloud based streaming applications
  • Any and all other uses for USB video and video conferencing

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