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The Rise of the Soft Phone

The Rise of the Soft Phone

Audio endpoints are devices which are used by organizations for communications. USB audio end points are now considered soft phones which only require a USB connection to your computer and access to your favorite unified communications software. These include system phones with VoIP capabilities, microphones, speakers, headsets and so on. Large corporations use VoIP phones designed specifically for meeting rooms and can be connected to Lync servers now with professional level Skype for Business servers. These phones are also connected to a telephone service provider and are available through partnered resellers. But as technology changes, small and medium enterprises are looking for a more affordable solutions and thus the rise of USB soft phones is upon us.

Unified Communication solutions now range from USB headsets to dedicated USB soft phone devices for a 1/3 the third price traditional VoIP phone systems.

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Why Green AV?

Why Green AV?

Global warming is a major cause of concern for everyone because climate change is affecting every country in the world. It is a high time that we start caring for our environment for a better and longer life ahead. Many industries across the globe are taking green initiatives to make their businesses more environment friendly and video conferencing is no different. Video conferencing is already a cost cutting solution for many organizations but in a way it also holds importance for a cleaner environment.

Video conferencing is all about connecting people, conducting meetings and communicate internally or externally. Before video conferencing, managers from all over the country or globe used to fly or drive to an important meeting such as an AGM. As a result, it created more carbon emissions, used more fuel, created more pollution through smoke and so on. With the help of video conferencing all these things have been reduced by more than 50%. Every member of the meeting can join and contribute via internet instead of being in the very same room.

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Vaddio vs PTZOptics

Vaddio vs PTZOptics

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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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Pro Audio with USB

Pro Audio with USB

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Today we wanted to talk about three audio conferencing companies that have added USB 2.0 connectivity to their professional audio conferencing product line. ClearONE, Phoenix Audio and Vaddio. Phoenix Audio has actually had USB in the product for a very long time, more than 10 years actually. Phoenix started with a product called the Duet in June 2005. The Duet has a built-in microphone and speaker with echo canceling and noise reduction capabilities. More are on the USB technology timeline here: http://software.conferenceroomsystems.com/ .

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Exploring UVC Camera Controls

Exploring UVC Camera Controls

A USB Video Class or UVC device for short is any advice which is capable of streaming a video, whether it be a webcam, digital camcorder, a video converter for analog or a simple still-image camera. So as long as the device supports video streaming, it may be called a UVC device.

Video controls

Using the correct pieces of software, one is able to access the video controls of such devices, allowing you to not only change the recording specifications (resolution, quality, etc) but also the physical condition and features of the camera itself. These include the ability to zoom, pan, tilt, roll, focus, a change in exposure or even enabling scanning mode.

So long as the camera supports one of these features, a suitable piece of software should be capable of providing an easily used and understood user interface to access these controls.

Then there's the digital side of the picture, settings which can't be controlled physically. These include brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness, hue, gamma and digital zoom but definitely don't stop there. Similar to the physical control options, support for any of these is optional since the primary function of the device itself is streaming video whereas these features fall into the category of secondary, optional features and their only benefit is adding to the functionality of the camera itself.

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