Yearly Archives: 2018
Written on February 7, 2018 at 3:27 pm, by Peter Nutley
As a Technical Trainer here at ClearOne, I always ask my students what they are seeing as far as current market trends and requirements in their respective geographic areas.
Some responses are specific to their region, however the list of three trending topics below represent global trends as indicated by the multiple responses I received from many classes that I’ve taught.
Let’s take a look.
- Huddle rooms – these are relatively small areas designed to accommodate smaller collaborative sessions. They are typically equipped with audio, video and display systems. These areas are often used by teams to get together for meetings or to collaborate on projects. Organizations are opting to install multiple huddle rooms in a given floor space, as opposed to one or two larger conference rooms.
- Dante – in the past year or so of my un-scientific verbal survey, the percentage of students who have indicated that they regularly work with Dante products has increased from ~20% or so to well over 50% per class. Typical applications include conferencing, as well as digital audio networks spread over large geographic areas (such as campuses or large corporate environments). The ubiquity of Dante enabled equipment, combined with the ease of use and installation benefits of using CAT 5 cabling to support multiple Dante audio channels – are two of the benefits driving this adoption.
- USB Audio inputs and outputs – the emergence of huddle rooms mentioned above, combined with the growing use of “Bring Your Own” video solutions on laptops is driving the requirement for an increased number of USB audio inputs and outputs for conferencing. Typical “BYO” applications include a soft client for webconfernecing/videoconferening, as well as soft UC clients for audio or multimedia presentations.
ClearOne’s portfolio is well positioned to address these global trends with our COLLABORATE® Pro 900 and COLLABORATE® Versa 150 packages. Combine these with expanded native Dante support and increased USB capacity via USB expanders in CONVERGE® Pro 2 products – and you have complete solutions to meet today’s diverse organizational demands for huddle rooms, conferencing, collaboration, and communication.
More On ClearOne University Trainings
To meet this increased need for a wider range of training options, we have doubled the size of our training staff and set a goal of hosting 175 training events during the course of 2018, utilizing a mix of traditional, regional in-person classes with an increased number of webinar-style classes that are open to Pro AV practitioners everywhere. We will even custom design a training schedule for consultants and specific groups on an as-needed basis.
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What trends and topics you’re seeing in the Pro AV industry? Comment below!
I look forward to seeing you at one of your training events.
Written on January 16, 2018 at 12:23 pm, by Brad
The 2018 ClearOne Connections Tour has begun. We’ll be touring the Western U.S. visiting 18 cities from January through May 2018 in our 36-foot ClearOne Tour Bus that’s stocked full with our complete line of conferencing, collaboration and streaming solutions directly to you, our commercial AV practitioners and your customers.
Here’s What You’ll Experience!
- See live demos of our latest products.
- Watch full product set-ups and configurations.
- Meet with a ClearOne rep about new product features and benefits.
- Get a hands on approach and interact with the products and see how they’ll fit into your next project.
The 2018 ClearOne Connections Tour has been created to make it easy and convenient for systems integrators and end-users across the country who can’t always get to larger trade shows and conferences to experience first hand our entire line of diverse AV communications solutions.
Here’s What’s Installed
- CONVERGE Pro 2
- Beamforming Microphone Array 2
- WS800 Wireless Microphone System
- DIALOG 20 Wireless Microphone System
- Ceiling Microphone Array
- Touch Panel Controller for CP2
- USB Expander for CP2
- GPIO Expander for CP2
- COLLABORATE Pro 900
- COLLABORATE Pro 300
- COLLABORATE Versa 150
- COLLABORATE Share
- UNITE Cameras
- VIEW Pro Encoders
- VIEW Pro Decoders
- INTERACT AT
- MAX IP
- MAX EX
- CHAT 150
- CHAT 50
The tour will include presentations, trainings, question and answer sessions, networking opportunities, and product demonstrations of ClearOne’s solutions in video conferencing and collaboration, pro audio and network media streaming.
The ClearOne Connections Tour Schedule:
|Salt Lake City, UT||January 4 – January 5|
|Sacramento, CA||January 15 – January 16|
|Northern CA||January 18 – January 24|
|LA Metro CA||January 29 – January 31|
|Orange County CA||February 1 – February 5|
|San Diego, CA||February 6 – February 9|
|Las Vegas, NV||February 12 – February 15|
|Phoenix, AZ||February 19 – February 23|
|Albuquerque, NM||February 26 – March 2|
|Oklahoma City, OK||March 5 – March 9|
|Dallas, TX||March 12 – March 16|
|Austin, TX||March 19 – March 23|
|Houston, TX||March 26 – March 30|
|New Orleans, LA||April 2 – April 6|
|Memphis, TN||April 9 – April 13|
|St. Louis, MO||April 16 – April 20|
|Kansas City, MO||April 23 – April 27|
|Denver, CO||April 30 – May 4|
Eastern U.S. dates coming soon…
Visit the dedicated ClearOne Connections Tour web page where you can stay on top of where we are and where we’re going next..
Come Experience the Fun and We’ll See You There!
Written on January 12, 2018 at 9:44 am, by ClearOne
VIEW ® Pro is an award winning line of video streaming products by ClearOne.
Using the free software, PANORAMA™, you can create any unlimited number of video layouts. In these layouts, users can augment any live video streams based on common requirements. For example, we have some casino customers who have large sports books and show live video throughout their facilities. Usually they’re showing live sports on these displays; and sometimes it’s just the highlight shows like ESPN’s SportsCenter. One requirement many of these gaming operators have is to minimize outside branding elements, including channel identifiers. Another requirement is to eliminate, wherever possible, any current time information such as clocks.
With these two requirements in mind, VIEW Pro can help you create this augmented reality. Using PANORAMA, users can create a video layout for each channel of content they would like to distribute. A single layout could be created for each new channel typically used, and these layouts could then be uploaded into the VIEW Pro encoders or decoders. Each layout will have specific regions of the video that would be cut out, and/or replaced with the specific content that a client would like to use.
Since PANORAMA allows you to mix media types; you could replace the channel logo with the client’s logo image. Using transparent .png files will work best; and can be done in such a way that the viewers will not notice any difference. This would cover the first requirement. You can use the same method for removing any time information or even entire lines of text no matter where it’s located on the screen; satisfying the second “display of time” requirement.
In a more advanced layout, you could displace the live crawl line with the client’s own crawl line. If done well, letters of the same size and color will again make this augmented part of the live video stream look the same as the original; but now you can control the text that is crawling and remove any time references. Using simple digital signage for your custom crawl, such as ClearOne MagicBox, could not be any easier.
To illustrate the above requirements, let’s look at this live video image in PANORAMA. Keep in mind this is not a file, this is live streaming video. We first cut the red highlighted area of the screen, cloned this stream, and then cropped the area just above the red highlight, making a layer, and placing it on top of the original cut-out area.
This kind of augmented reality is easy to do and easy to manage from any control system using simple ASCII commands over IP. Inside the blue highlight, below, we simply create another layer to place the client’s logo image. Again, you can make as many of these layouts as required and it can be automated with the content schedule.
Below are the results as played out from any VIEW Pro decoder.
Notice on the live output of the augmented results, there is no more clock in the upper left-hand corner, and no more ESPN logo. It has been replaced by the client’s logo. Again, this layout would be one of many layouts on the decoder (or encoder) and can be changed within a single frame, so when another program is playing, and or a different channel or program is on, the layout(s) can change as well.
With VIEW Pro and PANORAMA software, the possibilities of layout and design are endless.
If you have a video project that has special layout requirements, we’d love to chat with you and see if we can help.