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The Epiphan Pearl - ProAV Getting it Right!

The Epiphan Pearl - ProAV Getting it Right!

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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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ProAV's Role in the Web Conferencing World

ProAV's Role in the Web Conferencing World

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Today we wanted to tackle a important topic on the minds of so many audio visual integrators, distributors and even long time clients of traditional AV partners. What is the role of Professional AV in the web video conferencing world? There no doubt that professional audio visual integration played a key role in the evolution of video conferencing in it's infancy. But where do audio visual integrators fit into the market when Skype for Business costs only $2 per month (basic subscription)? Where do audio visual integrators fit into the conversation when a enterprise chooses to standardize on the Google ChromeBox for Meetings at only $999? Heck even video conferencing robots are allowing CEO's to virtually tour office spaces, manufacturing areas even attend remote meetings from around the world for an entry cost of only $2,999! (See DoubleRobotics)

Pro AV as Specialized Consultants?

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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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Designing Skype Room Systems

Designing Skype Room Systems

Have you ever used the CRS Room Design Tool? It's a free online tool for laying out USB based video conference set ups in any room size. In the video below, Paul Richards takes us through designing 3 Skype Room Systems. In this tutorial video Paul reviews Skype solutions for HuddleRooms, Conference Rooms and a Training Room. You can access the CRS Room Design tool anytime at http://designer.conferenceroomsystems.com

Before you use the CRS Design Tool. Take a quick look at some tips that can help your audio visual room design experience more successful. Keep in mind this tool can be used as the starting point for your next audio visual design. Your AV design might not be perfect, but it will help you convey your overall goals to a audio visual integrator or your fellow IT co-workers. 

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InfoComm 2015 - New USB Cameras

InfoComm 2015 - New USB Cameras

InfoComm said that "97% of all attendees main goal is looking for new products". HuddleCamHD came to InfoComm with 4 new USB Pan Tilt Zoom cameras and the worlds first ever Wireless USB conference camera. In the video below Paul Richards, Business Development and Matthew Davis, Lead Engineer, take you through the "Huddle Tree" of USB PTZ cameras. 

After seeing the Innovation Stage presentations of the HuddleCam Air there was certainly a lot of excitement in the air. Wireless video conferencing opens up a lot of possibilities for anyone who needs the flexibility to go wireless with the cloud based online meetings using a USB 3.0 video connection to your computer. 

"97% of all attendees main goal is looking for new products"

InfoComm 2015
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