Lifesize Brings Recording to Video Conferencing Cloud

Lifesize Brings Recording to Video Conferencing Cloud

Re-post from www.eweek.com | By Jeffrey Burt | Posted 2015-07-21

Lifesize’s Amplify cloud service lets users record, save and share video conferences through YouTube-like personal libraries.
Lifesize Communications is adding to its cloud video conferencing capabilities by offering a service that enables users to record, save and share their video calls and to house those recordings in a cloud-based personal video library.

Recording and sharing video calls can be done on equipment that’s on the market, but it’s not an easy process, according to Michael Helmbrecht, vice president of marketing at Lifesize. There are multiple steps that need to be taken and videos must be downloaded and stored on a user’s own system. IT support is often needed, content delivery can need extensive networking support, and security can be dicey, Helmbrecht told eWEEK.

Lifesize Cloud Amplify, which is available immediately, is designed to make the process easier, he said.

“We want anyone to record on any device,” Helmbrecht said, noting that users increasingly want to be able to quickly access and share their recordings.

Being able to do so will help a wide range of departments within a business, from human resources professionals who want to record everything from all-hands meetings and training videos to sales groups to capture presentations and share them with prospective customers to teachers who want to keep video of their classes on hand.

Through Amplify, meeting participants only need a single click to record from their notebook, tablet, smartphone or Lifesize Icon video system that is paired with the Lifesize Cloud. The software records not only the video and audio, but also the content shared during the session.

The technology also creates a personal library in the Lifesize Cloud—officials describe it as being similar to YouTube—and automatically stores the recording in the library. Through Cloud Amplify, users can view the recording or share it with other participants. Videos can be added to a watch list, and users can “like” the most popular of them. By tagging colleagues, the recorded video can be added to their personal libraries.

Amplify’s cloud capabilities mean greater control and security for businesses, according to Lifesize officials. Account managers can control who sees the recordings, and automatic reporting features let them meter video usage across their company. It’s also easily scalable.

Lifesize—a division of Logitech—is offering the service as an addition to its annual subscription, with plans starting at $4,000 a year for unlimited recordings and a 15-hour video library. Current and prospective Lifesize Cloud customers can get a free trial.

Helmbrecht said Lifesize officials are looking at ways to expand the capabilities of Amplify, including enabling users to create channels or federate between libraries.

The Amplify service is part of Lifesize’s aggressive push into the cloud, which kicked off early last year under founder and CEO Craig Malloy. The company’s move away from its roots as an on-premises video conferencing hardware maker is in line with the demand from businesses trying to manage such trends as increasing workforce mobility, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and social software. Lifesize has moved quickly to expand its cloud capabilities, including adding a dashboard monitoring system, supporting Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Lync communications platform, and enabling scheduling through Microsoft Outlook and Google Calendar.

Lifesize Cloud interoperates with video conferencing products from the likes of Cisco Systems, Polycom and Avaya.

IDC analysts have been tracking the transition in the video conferencing space away from traditional on-premises equipment to software- and cloud-based offerings.

“IDC survey adoption data indicates that video is still a key component of collaboration and continues to place high on the list of priorities for many organizations,” Petr Jirovsky, research manager for IDC’s Worldwide Networking Trackers unit, said in a statement in June. “And customers continue to work through determining how best to provision their video deployments, as more software-centric and cloud-based service offerings become part of the enterprise video market landscape.”

Other established players like Cisco and Polycom also are growing out their cloud capabilities, while a growing number of smaller vendors—like Vidyo, Zoom Communications and Blue Jeans Network—are pushing their own cloud- and software-only solutions.

InFocus Launches Saturn: A multi-configuration video conferencing display system that displays wall-sized, multi-endpoint video conferencing

InFocus Launches Saturn

Re-post from www.telepresenceoptions.com | June 17, 2015 | Telepresence Options

InFocus Corporation (www.infocus.com) will showcase its latest solutions for redefining the conference room, classroom and desktop June 17-19 at InfoComm booth 2017. As it has for nearly 30 years, InFocus will unveil and demonstrate technology, products and services designed to connect people and let them share their ideas across the table, office or globe. New and coming products on display will include: Mondopad 2.0, LightCast technology in projectors and the JTouch Whiteboard with LightCast interactive display, Saturn video conferencing display system and new high-performance HD projectors.

“InFocus is the pioneer of projection and continues to lead the industry in firsts for enhancing communication, learning and understanding,” said Raymond Yu, InFocus President. “This year we will be showing solutions for connecting and sharing information easily, affordably and often, including new technology that allows you to display content from almost any personal device, the latest in affordable projection, the enhanced Mondopad 2.0 touchscreen collaboration system, video phones, tablets, interactive touch screens and a preview of the future in video conferencing.”

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InFocus’ new LightCast technology allows people to wirelessly cast content from their devices – including Android, Windows, Apple iOS and OSX – to a LightCast-enabled display screen or projector. LightCast devices also include built-in whiteboard tools and a Web browser to enable Internet without connecting to a separate device. InFocus will show how people can use LightCast on its Mondopad 2.0, interactive JTouch Whiteboard with LightCast (INF6501c) as well as yet-to-be-released projectors.

Mondopad 2.0, which has LightCast embedded, is an expanded re-boot of the award-winning Mondopad, the first large-format, all-in-one video conferencing touchscreen collaboration device for the conference room, classroom, distance education center and multi-point office. It has new features that make sharing, annotating, archiving and overall collaboration easier, particularly between multiple locations. Specifically, Mondopad 2.0 can pair with a second touchscreen, such as the InFocus JTouch a large-format touch-enabled digital display, to run dual applications, such as video conferencing and PowerPoint files simultaneously on separate screens. InFocus will have Mondopad 2.0 paired with a 65-inch JTouch and will also have its 80-inch Mondopad on display. InFocus offers the Mondopad in 57-inch, 70-inch and 80-inch sizes.

Within the category it created nearly 30 years ago, InFocus will show its new LightCast technology in projection with a preview of the IN1118HDlc projector. The IN1118HDlc is an ultra-mobile projector designed for the road warrior. It has embedded document readers, video player and all the tools for projection on-the-go.

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InFocus will also preview its latest affordable, classroom-optimized IN119HDx projector. At less than $700, this new projector features 3200-lumen brightness and 15,000:1 contrast ratio to fit school and government budgets and the ambient-light levels of most classrooms. The IN119HDx offers full 1080p HD resolution, can project an image size of up to 299 inches (nearly 25-feet diagonal), it is 3D ready and features VGA and HDMI inputs.

Rounding out the projector category, the IN128HDs, which is a color-correct SRGB projector ideal for video applications and designers, will also be previewed. InFocus will demonstrate the IN128HDs alongside an SRGB-accurate monitor so you can compare its demonstrable SRGB color accuracy.

As it has previously at InfoComm, InFocus will demonstrate its affordable and powerful hand-held Q Tablets and the MVP100 video phone. As workspaces become more dynamic — from traditional offices to open floor plans — meeting spaces and conference rooms with display and videoconferencing technology become the primary place for generating and sharing ideas. However, the demand for these rooms are at a premium. With the MVP100 Video Phone face-to-face video calling is no longer restricted to the conference room and takes no longer than the time it takes to dial a phone.

For the first time ever, InFocus will preview its Saturn multi-configuration video conferencing display system that displays wall-sized, multi-endpoint video conferencing and simultaneous content sharing in an executive boardroom, office or headquarters.

“InFocus Saturn is the future of how executives will connect with their employees in big, dynamic ways,” said Yu.

Using multiple configurable ultra-narrow-bezel HD displays, users can customize Saturn for any wall size. What sets Saturn apart from a basic video wall is an integrated video conferencing multipoint control unit (MCU) server that allows users to instantly configure and change each input image to any number of the displays. This allows in-room participants to focus on whatever content they want at any given time, such as a data or video feed from a remote participant. This unique ability to create a user-defined layout and to have control from all kinds of devices makes Saturn ideal for telepresence, data collaboration, multi-stream viewing, control room, distance education and training.

InFocus invites InfoComm 2015 attendees to see each of these products and technologies at booth 2017. InFocus will be giving away prizes and products Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the booth and will also award its authorized resellers EasyMoney cash prizes. See an InFocus representative at booth 2017 to enter the drawings or, if you’re an authorized reseller, to sign up for EasyMoney and become instantly eligible to win cash.

InFocus’ IN119HDx projector, JTouch Whiteboard with LightCast (INF6501c), Q Tablet and MVP100 are available directly from InFocus at www.InFocusStore.com and from select InFocus resellers. InFocus’ new Mondopad 2.0 is available now through InFocus authorized resellers. For more information, to see a demo, or to be connected with a reseller, please visit www.infocus.com. InFocus IN1118HDlc and IN128HDs projectors and Saturn will be formally announced in 2015 and complete details will be available at launch.

About InFocus Corp.
InFocus collaboration solutions drive successful, visual teamwork in large venues, conference rooms, classrooms and workstations throughout the world. Whether using the giant all-in-one Mondopad solution in the boardroom, the MVP100 Video Phone on desks or a digital projector in the classroom, InFocus products and video calling services are the collaboration tools people need to visually present, capture and share ideas. For more information or to purchase InFocus solutions, visit www.InFocus.com or www.InFocusStore.com. Follow InFocus on social media at facebook.com/InFocusCorp, linkedin.com/company/InFocus or twitter.com/InFocusCorp and twitter.com/InFocusEDU.

Blue Jeans launches Primetime with TEDx, Sundance for 1,000+ person online conferences (for free)

Blue Jeans launches Primetime with TEDx, Sundance for 1,000+ person online conferences (for free)

Blue Jeans’ corporate goal is to provide a billion minutes of videoconferencing. Today, the company is a little more than halfway there.

Clearly, however, the company is impatient.

Today Blue Jeans launched what it calls the next step in videoconferencing: fully interactive online video conferences at scale. It’s the only technology, the company says, that will allow you to interact with thousands of people online in real time and promote any of those thousands of audience members to active participants at any given time.

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