The Video Transcoding master
Multipoint control unit (MCU) is a hardware system that helps to organize group video conferences between multiple videoconferencing systems. MCU connects endpoints supporting different protocols/codecs and helps in conducting group video-conferencing between them by mixing media streams from all the connected endpoints in real time and provide a single transcoded stream to each endpoint. During such conference, all endpoint devices communicate only through the MCU.
MCU capacity to support simultaneous video endpoints in one or more conferences at different video resolutions such as Full HD, HD or Standard Definitions.
Feature that allows all participants to be visible on the screen at the same time in different screen layouts.
This latest video codec pProvides up to a 50% reduction in bandwidth required over H.264 High Profile, and about a 65% reduction from H.264 AVC
Required cascading or stacking feature support of MCU to cater larger conferences and efficient WAN bandwidth utilization.
Need to support clients using different technologies or types of devices requires transcoding and support of multiple video and audio compression standards.
Easy access to streaming (event playback) and viewing recorded content support solves user's basic problem is a must have for any Enterprise today.
Video for mobility workers
Video Conferencing Desktop and mobile clients converts our desktop/smartphone or tablet into a soft video conferencing system that connects virtually from any network. These clients have many rich collaboration features like Chat, Sharing content, Moderating conference, recording and streaming of video calls. Desktop video conferencing comes in two options: Browser based and Client based. Users connect to the Video conferencing call from these clients by dialing into the virtual meeting room created on the MCU.
To accommodate the growing BYOD trend, video solutions need to be freely distributed and available, at a minimum, on devices across operating systems.
Since the most popular video conferencing systems are still standard room-based ones, personal systems must be able to communicate with them.
Lifelike experiences is possible with higher resolutions only, mandates High definition support
Sharing specific applications, annotation with drawing, remote desktop control and sharing full/partial screen helps modern users in routine work.
Giving moderation capabilities to users such as lock & terminate meetings, start/stop recording, mute/unmute participants etc are un-matched features available today with various solutions
Personal virtual meeting rooms where only pre-defined virtual rooms can be used by teams or users assigned to that virtual room
Video with in the walls
Room based video endpoint enable meeting rooms to perform video conferences. Room based video endpoints have components such as Camera, Microphone, Video Codec and Remote control. Video Codec is a heart of the endpoint having multiple industry standard connectors for Audio, Video and Content streaming. Codec connects to displays like LCD, Audio systems like mic, speakers and Content sharing devices like laptops and PCs. Codec encode and compress audio/video and content streams from the range of audio/video protocols like H.265, H.264, H.263, G.711, G.728 and sends the data to far end device on the pre negotiated protocols. Codec usually communicates on network protocol H.323 with other devices like MCU and Endpoints.
Capacity to support simultaneous participants/sites in a video conference call at different video resolutions .
Camera, codec with microphone and remote control are generally included in the kit. Few kits also include integrated monitor/display as well.
Pan Tilt Zoom Camera with a high optical and total zoom capability is great to have for best video conferencing experiences
Video Endpoints with integrated MCU feature should support maximum bandwidth to full simultaneous participants in the call at best resolution
A Video Endpoints category designed to cater recommended number of participants by each technology vendor in Meeting or Board room.
Ability to record active meetings can be useful for organizations for delivering trainings, compliance and other purposes
Video beyond boundries
Telepresence is a new generation of video conferencing which imitates the presence of a person in the room. Telepresence makes video communication almost three-dimensional, making the participants feel immersed into the virtual environment. The Telepresence effect is created with the help of a number of elements like wide screen displays, multiple cameras, speakers, microphones, special illumination system, sound panels and even the same interior elements of all the conference rooms.
Room Dimensions, wall/floor/ceiling surfaces, lighting, acoustics & power requirements plays vital role during choosing right Telepresence for enterprise.
Number of Screens and Screen size are important parameters to consider while deciding on best fit for your requirement, generally available options include 3 screen of 70 inch each
Maximum bandwidth required at highest supported resolution using H.264 codec help in calculating total bandwidth for the site.
Number of People in the Telepresence room is vital while choosing out from various multi-seat options available such as 6, 18 or more people.
With fast evolving technology, Ultra high definition Camera with 60 fps, 200 lux illumination is available with multiple Telepresence vendors.
SIP, Telepresence Interoperability Protocol (TIP), H.264, H.265 and Binary Floor Control Protocol (BFCP) are among the list of protocols supported by various vendors.
Making a resilient and scalable video conference solution can be a lot of work. Whether you are making an enterprise-class video conference setup or a small video conference setup, you will find everything you need right here.At TechPillar.com's Video Conference category, we have covered all the video conferencing OEMs, a list that includes top brands such as Polycom, Cisco, Lifesize, Avaya, Vidyo, Smart, Huawei. These brands have become trusted over time because of their expertise in a wide variety of Video conferencing products like Video room based Endpoints, MCU, Tablet/Phone soft clients, personnel workspace clients, Immersive Telepresence solutions and much more.
Within this long list of brands, you'll be able to find video conferencing products for all your Video communication requirements, like Endpoints, MCU, Personnel workspace clients, Immersive Telepresence and more. If you're building a scalable video conference solution, you'll want to be sure you have the proper components to make a resilient, scalable and secure video architecture including Video Endpoints, Screens, NAT/Firewall traversal gateways, MCU, and proper bandwidth.
Need help to find the right video devices? Our featured subcategories of Endpoints, MCU, Personel Workspace and Immersive Telepresence make it easy to find the perfect addition to your enterprise video network.