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Paul Richards

Reviewing the latest USB video and audio device technology for effective online meetings and video conferencing.
With over 8 years in the industry Paul Richards actually majored in Business Management at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. Paul is currently in Business Management and he looks forward to working with industry professionals and technology enthusiasts. 

Integrating Skype for Business with Google Calendars

Integrating Skype for Business with Google Calendars

Hello USB Pros!
So this has been a fun topic to work on because I searched and searched and there did not seem to be anyone who has gone over a solution for integrating Skype for Business with Google Calendars. That being said there is no great integration but we have found a work around. There is a company called CloudPipes who is calculating demand for a direct plug-in style integration between Google Calendars and Skype for Business which would make things so much easier for everyone! Until that day we have a work around which you can use in a couple different ways to schedule your Skype for Business meeting with Google Calendars.  

The Problem

The problem is that Skype for Business is built around Microsoft Exchange and anyone looking to schedule their video meetings using Google Calendars will find it difficult to do so. There is no direct integration with Skype for Business and Google Calendars available (as of July 2015) and this makes it almost impossible to schedule a Skype for Business meeting if you don't have Microsoft Exchange and Outlook. Most people who do have Microsoft Exchange and Outlook can simply schedule a Skype for Business meeting right in Outlook. But since there is no plugin for Google Hangouts users are going to have to use our "work around".

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Icron's Reliable USB 3.0 Extensions

Icron's Reliable USB 3.0 Extensions

When it comes to cable extensions, there's quite a few different manufacturers out there. But not all of them are capable of manufacturing high quality, cost efficient and reliable solutions for professional USB connectivity issues.

Icron Technologies has been providing USB cable extension solutions for quite a while now, providing reliability of the highest order with next to no losses in efficiency, making their cables a recommended choice for use in medical, scientific and industrial applications throughout the globe.

Let us simply compare two of their products, the USB 3.0 Spectra™ 3001-15 and the Spectra™ 3022.

Spectra™ 3001-15

It's a single port, 15 meter USB extension cable which capable of transmitting power of up to 900mA without the need of any additional power supply.

A common problem which consumers usually face when dealing with USB extension cables is the loss of power as cables are made relatively longer. Well, the Spectra™ 3001-15 comes with a secondary cable, capable of being connected to another port for any additional power which may be required for proper functioning of a USB device.

This doesn't only make sure that your current devices perform at their very best but also makes it possible to connect actual hardware, such as a portable hard drive which requires more power than simpler USB devices.

In terms of speed, there's virtually no loss of bandwidth while using Icar's extension cables. These cables are able to provide you with transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbps, taking away any possibility of your cables becoming a bottleneck for your accessories.

There's no need to worry about a brand new USB 3.0 accessory not being able to function at its peak capabilities, the Spectra™ 3001-15 extension cable is sure to provide the best possible infrastructure for the foreseeable future.

Spectra™ 3022

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How to record YouTube Live Streams

How to record YouTube Live Streams

Hello USB Pros!

So this has been a popular question we wanted to answer with a couple of our favorite solutions. Like most audio visual related questions there is more than one answer to the question "How do I record my YouTube Live Stream?" Well, YouTube Live does have this feature built in which is super easy to use because it's automatic. But you may find yourself wanting to add additional functionality such as recording multiple audio sources which you can do with some hardware and software solutions available.  Were going to break this down into two main categories: Software and Hardware solutions.

Using YouTube Live Recording

One of the great things about YouTube Live is that your entire stream up to 8 hours will be recorded an placed into your YouTube Creator Studio. By default this video recording is set to public viewing rights. Since this is a live braodcast YouTube is assuming you also want to promote your video after your live stream and your YouTube Live page is then converted into a regular YouTube video which is available for replay. If you want the video to be set as private you can do that in your YouTube Account. When you are done with your Hangout on Air or YouTube Live stream you will see a message from YouTube Stating

A recording of the broadcast will now be uploaded to your YouTube channel and will automatically replace the live video players that were shared (that includes embedded videos). Please allow a few minutes for the upload and processing... You can view your recording in the your YouTube Video Manager,

YouTube Live
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Comparing SONY's first USB camera to the rest of the market

Comparing SONY's first USB camera to the rest of the market

So if you haven't heard SONY finally came out with a USB PTZ camera, the SRG-120DU! They have taken a long time since companies such as HuddleCamHD, InFocus, PTZOptics and Vaddio have been in the market. So will SONY make a BIG splash? 

I think so. We have a complete comparison here and even though there more affordable options (PTZOptics in particular) I think SONY's reach and huge distribution will make the SONY SRG120DU a success. Whether or not ProAV will favor a few of the cameras we have on our comparison list might be a different story.

In this blog post we are going to compare the SONY SRG-120DU in a review where we take the camera specifications with side by side features from PTZOptics and Vaddio's comparable models. PTZOptics 12X-USB and Vaddio's RoboShot 12X USB are strikingly similar when it comes to optical zoom (excatly the same) and the field of view which is 71, 72.5 and 73 degrees. In all honesty these are probably the same field of view just measured with a degree of error variance. I would guess SONY is the most strict with their measurements and therefore gave the SRG-120DU a 71 when Vaddio gave the RoboShot at 73. Since the SRG-120DU is still not out yet it's hard to say if the field of will be noticeably more narrow but I think this is a mute point for most consumers.

SONY SRG-120DU Market Comparison

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Vaddio vs PTZOptics

Vaddio vs PTZOptics

Hello USB Pro Readers!

We have been asked to review the latest Vaddio RoboShot cameras with the PTZOptics camera line. For those of you who do not know Vaddio manufactures some of the industries top video conferencing cameras with USB. Vaddio's new RoboShot camera line has triple video streaming capabilities for HDMI, USB 3.0 and IP Streaming. PTZOptics is a camera manufacture who has a line of 12X and 20X HD-SDI, HDMI, USB 3.0 and IP Streaming capable cameras. So first let's start with the details of Vaddio's RoboShot line. Then we can use the PTZOptics comparison available here: (http://ptzoptics.com/comparison-charts/). And finally we can summarize the PTZOptics USB cameras and how they compare. 

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