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Kevin Powers specializes in the cloud based video conferencing industry. Starting out with HuddleCamHD since the beginning Kevin has followed USB's role in Professional AV to provide thoughtful feedback for real applications.

Top Video Conferencing Android Apps

Top Video Conferencing Android Apps

Top Video Conferencing Apps on Android Video conferencing is growing at a rapid pace and more than 200 million people use it as a tool for communication every day. Organizations are making VTC as their primary mode for communication and with the introduction of various business VTC platforms it has grown immensely. General public is already utilizing video conferencing or video calls for long distance communication. Since the introduction of smartphones, voice and video calls over the internet have increased by more than 500% and many developers have introduced their own video conferencing apps on both Android and iOS. Let's take a look at some of the most popular video conferencing apps on Android:

Lync 2013 (Skype for Business)

Professionals are already aware of Microsoft Lync because it is one of the most popular communication tool used in organizations. Microsoft has updated Lync to Skype for Business but its Android counterpart is still waiting for an update. Microsoft Lync is used by more than 80 million professionals in their offices. The Android version, Lync 2013 is gaining popularity but at the moment there are roughly 5 million users. Lync 2013 requires Lync server setup which is integrated with the Android app for use. Without Lync server, the Android app is useless for an average user because it requires credentials from in-house office setup to log-in.

It is an excellent tool for video conferencing since it is connected with your professional contacts and you can join any meeting while you are away on vacation. It allows instant messaging, video calls, voice calls, call forwarding from the enterprise number and enterprise grade security. 

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The Epiphan Pearl - ProAV Getting it Right!

The Epiphan Pearl - ProAV Getting it Right!

Hello USBPro Readers!

Today we wanted to talk about an amazing new streaming/live recording product AND a Professional AV manufacture "Getting it Right"! For those of you who have not heard of Epiphan Systems, they are a high end Pro AV manufacture from Canada who specializes is industries such as: Medical, Legal, Goverment, Education and Corporate. Their newest product the Epiphan Pearl is a ground breaking solution for live broadcast recording and streaming which is winning awards across the industry. Although the system doesn't have a USB output (my only gripe), but with RTSP/RTMP streaming integration with YouTube Live we thought this system needs a USB Pros review. This systems for me wins the best combination of affordability, functionality and ease of use award for live broadcast and streaming in a compact solution. 

The free streaming to YouTube is so easy to set up everyone should see it in action! With the Epiphan Pearl you can stream up to 50 unicast video streams but with YouTube Live you can serve your video and audio stream to 1000's of viewers for free! Taking advantage of this great technology and learn more about this amazing new technology here in our blog post about it.

The Epiphan Pearl includes a 1 Terabyte local hard drive to store over 260 Hours worth of HD video. The on board hard drive makes it easy to take the Pearl on your every day regular broadcasts without having to worry about storing multiple video streams for "post-production".

The Epiphan hard case really makes the Pearl a live broadcast companion. The pictures below show the custom cut Epiphan Pearl hard case which also has space below for cables and the power supply. 

The touch screen is built to monitor your video, switch between sources and arrange your camera layouts. You also have control via the IP interface where you can apply custom branding and set up channels and preset layouts. It's just too easy to have your touch screen control for recording and layout transitioning. 

In a nutshell, the Epiphan Pearl provides video and audio recording and streaming with a easy to use touch screen. The Pearl supports 4 HD video sources simultaneously with both HDMI and HD-SDi video inputs available. At first look the Pearl looks sexy and approachable which is of course the goal when it comes to providing a live recording and streaming device you want a professor to be able to operate. The basic idea is that all the configurations and settings are handled through a IP connection interface that does not clutter up the touch screen. So the touch screen itself shows the results of the configuration which is normally pre-done by a IT or AV professional. 

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Controlling multiple Cameras using UVC Control

Controlling multiple Cameras using UVC Control

UVC Camera Control works simulataneuosly with video streaming over a single USB cable to provide camera control for Pan Tilt and Zoom.

Martha Donohue, Crestron & Extron Certified Programmer from HSI, Inc

In this video Paul Richards, takes us through UVC camera on VSee and SecureVideo.com. VSee is a highly regarding video conferencing software in the telemedicine space. The have partnered with HuddleCamHD to provide a UVC camera control integration that allows far end camera control for users such as doctors and nurses. In this application, far end camera control of multiple cameras has benefits for efficiency and usability in the medical industry. Since HuddleCamHD provides some of the highest quality Pan Tilt Zoom USB cameras they were a natural partner for VSee when selecting a camera manufacture to work with capabilities of UVC Camera Control.

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Logitech vs HuddleCamHD

Logitech vs HuddleCamHD

Logitech ConferenceCams vs HuddleCamHD

HuddleCamHD designs professional video conferencing cameras with complete solutions and integration friendly options for the Professional AV market. Logitech designs compact cameras for small group chats with Bluetooth and NFC pairing options. Both companies manufacture cameras that are capable of delivering 1080p Full HD video at 30 FPS. Logitech gains an advantage because it also offers a speaker and a microphone for communication along with a control hub while HuddleCam only produces cameras not the control unit. HuddleCam HD cameras do include a remote control for pan, tilt and zoom but no speakers or microphone are available on-board.

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Skype for Business certified Webcams and Room Systems

Skype for Business certified Webcams and Room Systems

Skype for Business Room System Review

Skype for Business certified Webcams and Room Systems

 

Microsoft updated Lync to Skype for Business a few months ago. The software provides an all-in-one solution for video conferencing and meeting rooms. Skype for Business features the simple UI of Skype integrated with professional services of Lync. Microsoft also partnered with several hardware manufacturers to develop Skype for Business certified webcams and room systems for an optimal experience.

SMART Skype for Business certified Webcams and Room Systems
SMART is an official Microsoft partner for Skype for Business room systems. The company has introduced several video conferencing systems with single as well as dual displays. SMART is the only manufacturer that offers a massive 84-inches display and a camera with 4K resolution. It’s a perfect combination but it will require a lot of bandwidth as well. SMART systems start at the price of $17,999 and go all the way up to $40,999. They are definitely not cheap but it is a onetime investment for your ultimate meeting room.

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