Video Conferencing Products
This month's roundup features a variety of video conferencing products and solutions.
For some people, these products represent but a step in the right direction, mere
forerunners to some still unrealized evolution of video communications solutions of the
future. To others, these are viable business solutions, already playing an important role
in the day-to-day of corporate communications.
The solutions presented in the following pages vary in their cost, functionality, and
ability to interoperate with other systems. Some are designed for corporate conference
room settings. Some are designed for single-user home PC environments. Some incorporate
IP-based conferencing, others are designed to work over ISDN. Some were created with
specific applications in mind, such as distance learning, or telemedicine. We cover a
handful of the cameras that are available for these types of systems as well.
As with all of our roundups, these products are to be considered a starting point in
your search for a video conferencing solution. Evaluate your needs, keeping in mind costs,
potential benefits, and ease of use. Don't be afraid to ask the experts. The Web sites of
the companies listed here are a terrific place to start your research. As always,
education is the key to making informed purchasing decisions.
2445 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, California 95054
Web site: www.8x8.com
88, Inc, has recently announced the Via-IP broadband videophone, a development system
for audio and video telephony over broadband Internet connections. Delivering full 30-fps
video at VHS resolution, the Via-IP platform is being used by cable modem manufacturers,
cable television system operators, and telecommunications companies to develop broadband
Internet telephone systems. The 88 Via-IP broadband videophone is a small TV set-top
device that uses a standard TV for display and a touch-tone phone for audio, dialing, and
control. No PC is required to operate the Via-IP unit. Full compliance with the H.323
protocol ensures interoperability with other solutions, such as Microsoft's NetMeeting.
Based on 88's VCP processor architecture, the Via-IP system supports all of the
relevant ITU standards for Internet telephony, including the H.261 and H.263 video codecs;
G.711, G.723, G.728, and G.729 audio codecs; Q.931 call signaling protocol; RAS gatekeeper
signaling protocol; and H.245 call control protocol. The solution also offers echo
cancellation and a complete TCP/IP stack. For more information, call 408-727-1885 or visit
the company's Web site at www.8x8.com.
ATIUM VIA 188
AG Communication Systems
2500 West Utopia Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Web site: www.agcs.com
AG Communication Systems' ATIUM VIA 188 is a corporate video conferencing solution
designed to allow business professionals to communicate over distances in a cost-effective
manner. The ATIUM VIA 188 offers simultaneous data and MPEG-2 (motion picture experts
group 2) compressed video over ATM (asynchronous transfer mode technology). It has local-
and wide-area network (LAN/WAN) connectivity and does not need to be connected to a switch
to operate. It has multi-point add/drop capabilities that consume less bandwidth per
application, so the user can get maximum use out of each line. VIA 188 supports multiple
ATM MPEG decoders per box, so fewer boxes are needed for a network.
The VIA 188 accommodates video, audio, and embedded data applications for the network.
AG Communications has also recently announced the availability of SVCs (switched virtual
circuits) across the complete line of ATIUM products enabling the product line to work in
any SVC-based ATM network. The solution can be used for a variety of applications,
including distance learning, remote arraignment, telemedicine, and business conferencing.
For more information, contact the company at 1-888-888-AGCS or visit their Web site at www.agcs.com.
Accord Video Telecommunications, Inc.
500 Northridge Rd., Ste. 200
Atlanta, GA 30350
Web site: www.accord.co.il
Accord's MGC-100 multi-point control unit is based on a telco-grade architecture that
offers numerous advantages to users and conference operators. The MGC-100 offers support
of endpoints with different bit rates, frame rates, resolutions, and audio compression
algorithms in the same conference. Designed with hot swappable, self-configuring modules,
a high-speed multimedia bus, universal slots, and redundant power supplies, the MGC-100
enables a highly scalable multi-point conferencing environment. The MGC-100 supports up to
80 sites, up to 14 continuous presence/transcoding conferences, and up to 42 continuous
Recently, Accord announced that the company would integrate RADVision's H.323 Protocol
Stack, in order to develop an H.323-compliant MGC-100. Using the RADVision H.323 Protocol
Stack, Accord will provide gateway and multi-point conferencing capabilities for both IP
and ISDN-based video conferencing users. All of Accord's advanced functionality, including
continuous presence, five-way transcoding, T.120 data conferencing, and conference
management capabilities, will be supported in the H.323 environment. For more information,
contact Accord Video Telecommunications at 770-641-4400 or visit the company's Web site at
Video Access Node (VaN)
3393 Octavius Dr., Ste. 102
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Web site: www.fvc.com
FVC's Video Access Node (VaN) implements broadcast quality video using H.310 MPEG-2
over ATM. The VaN's MPEG-2 over ATM video, with support for either 25 Mb/s or 155 Mb/s ATM
connectivity, is comparable to the quality provided by VHS and laser disk systems. The VaN
can be implemented on both campus ATM networks, and across the long-haul ATM networks that
service providers are now installing for wide-area access. The system brings video
conferencing, video-on-demand, and video broadcast to applications requiring high-quality
video, such as distance learning and telemedicine.
The VaN supports First Virtual's Video Locator software, which allows users to schedule
and manage calls through a Web-based interface. The Video Locator provides call management
for video conferences across multiple standards on the same network, including H.310,
H.320, H.323, and low bit-rate endpoints. The VaN's own multi-point capabilities support
up to a four-way multi-point conference using a single encoder and multiple decoders. As
part of First Virtual's complete video networking solutions, the VaN supports
video-on-demand using the V-Cache, and multicast using the V-Caster. The VaN is available
as a fully integrated roll-about system, complete with cart, camera, and necessary
peripherals, or as a stand-alone codec. For more information, call 408-567-7200 or visit
the company's Web site at www.fvc.com.
TeamStation System 4.0
5200 N.E. Elam Young Pkwy.
Hillsboro, OR 97124-6497
Web site: www.intel.com
Intel's TeamStation System 4.0 is a conference room workstation that combines video
conferencing, Internet access, corporate network access, and PC applications in one
convenient system. The product is billed as the first workstation to feature H.323- and
H.320-compliant video conferencing in the same system, the ability to both receive and
transmit high-quality video across either a LAN or ISDN. TeamStation delivers up to 30 fps
(frames per second) full common intermediate format (FCIF) video at 128 Kbps and 384 Kbps,
and operates at data rates up to 400 Kbps, full duplex, on a LAN. Furthermore, Intel
includes the H.261/263+ filtering algorithms for video smoothness and clarity.
TeamStation tightly integrates Microsoft's T.120 NetMeeting data conferencing tools,
thus enabling window management for seamless video and data collaboration within a single
call. For a more in-depth look at this product, as reviewed by TMC Labs, please refer to
Internet Telephony's September issue (Volume 1, Number 3), page 48. For more information,
contact Intel at 800-788-2286 or visit the company's Web site at www.intel.com
Intelect Visual Communications
645 Fifth Ave., 17th Fl.
New York, NY 10022
Web site: www.videoconferencing.com
LANscape 2.1 uses Wavelet video compression to provide a smooth picture at up to 30
frames per second with fully synchronized CD-quality sound. Wavelet technology reduces the
network load by selectively transmitting and reconstructing only those wavelengths of
light that are most significant to the human eye, thus achieving compression ratios of 1:1
LANscape 2.1 can run over an existing LAN using IP as the transmission protocol, which
means that it can run on any IP transport network including Ethernet, Fast Ethernet,
T1/E1, Frame Relay, ATM, and SONET. LANscape 2.1 offers software selectable network
transmission protocols (i.e., IP Multicast (IPMC), IP, and UDP). The product eliminates
the need for a Multipoint Conferencing Unit (MCU) to engage in a video conference with
more than one person. Multipoint conferencing is inherent in the software, and since
LANscape 2.1 offers multiple windows, if you are conferencing with more than one person,
you can view each of them in individually scaled video windows. Lastly, because LANscape
2.1 offers IP Multicast support, you can actually reduce network load associated when
video conferencing with multiple participants. IP Multicast allows you to send one
message, one time to all participants. For more information, contact the company at
212-317-9600 or visit their Web site at www.videoconferencing.com.
MultiPoint Conferencing Unit v.5.0
211 Mt. Airy Rd., Rm. 3C348
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Web site: www.lucent.com
Lucent's MultiPoint Conferencing Unit (MCU) is a multipoint audio, video, and data
conference bridge that connects multiple locations around the world. It enables up to 25
locations to fully participate in a video conference, allowing participants to view up to
16 sites simultaneously on one screen. The MCU connects to public and private networks,
and can be used behind a digital PBX or connect directly to video endpoints. Users can
take advantage of the MCU's Conference Reservation and Control System, which includes
scheduling and management capabilities. Another feature of the Lucent offering is
SpeedMatching - this allows endpoints transmitting video at different bandwidths to
participate in the same video conference.
The MCU supports the H.320 video conferencing and T.120 data conferencing standards.
Release 5.0 includes the following enhancements:
- Panoramic screen layout.
- Incorporated H.263: Allows MCU to support H.263 endpoints, such as Polycom.
- Conference Manager enables easier management of a conference.
- OpCenter SP: Designed for service providers, enables real-time remote monitoring and
control of conferences.
For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.lucent.com.
LAN Video Gateway
625 Industrial Way West
Eatontown, NJ 07724
Web site: www.madge.com
Madge Networks' LAN Video Gateway is fully compatible with the ITU H.320 video standard
used to transmit video over ISDN and high-speed serial connections such as V.35. On the
LAN side, the gateway is fully compliant with the H.323 standard for carrying video,
voice, and data over local-area networks using the IP protocol and is interoperable with
H.323 video codecs. A separate version of the gateway is available which allows existing
H.320 desktop video codecs to be connected to the LAN.
In addition to acting as a link between the LAN and the PSTN, the gateway has an
integral gatekeeper, which provides call control for video conferencing sessions.
Individual LAN stations can be addressed by video telephone numbers or, under H.323,
individual users' names may be used when dialing. Flexible PBX functions (i.e., call
transfer and variable call forward) are built in and accessible from most H.323 and H.320
video codecs. Through the use of IP multicasting, one LAN station can broadcast video to
many other LAN attached video codecs for training purposes, employee communications, and
urgent video briefings. For more information, contact the company at 732-389-5700 or visit
the company's Web site at www.madge.com.
Diamond Video Series 9100
Mitsubishi Electronics America
5665 Plaza Dr.
Cypress, CA 90630
Web site: www.mitsubishi-imaging.com
The Diamond Video Series 9100 is a complete Pentium-based video conferencing system
running DOS and Windows. The system includes a camera, media processor, system interface,
control panel (or keyboard and mouse), and software. A unique in-band data port allows
unrestricted collaborative computing and permits a variety of interactive applications
such as business conferencing, telemedicine, distance learning, and video arraignment.
The Series 9100 media processor integrates, distributes, and manipulates multiple
audio, video, and data sources. The Media Processor is based on an Intel standard PCI/ISA
Bus, and features a VGA to NTSC scan conversion card, 3.5" floppy disk drive, 6x
minimum CD-ROM drive, seven inputs, and seven outputs. The processor includes an
integrated codec board, which supports an operating bandwidth of 56 to 1,984 Kbps.
International video conferencing standards are met as the Diamond Video Series 9100 Media
Processor complies with all CCITT/ITU standards and is compatible with ISDN BRI (2B+D),
dual RS-499/V.35, and RS-366 (dialing) communications. For more information, contact the
company at 800-843-2515 or visit their Web site at www.mitsubishi-imaging.com.
20300 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
Web site: www.nogatech.com
The Nogatech PCMCIA type II ConferenceCard is a one-card video solution for
high-performance, real-time conferencing. A mobile solution for distance learning,
voice-over document sharing, presentations, and remote video capture applications,
Nogatech's ConferenceCard works together with many popular conferencing software packages,
including Microsoft's NetMeeting, Intel's Internet Video Phone, PictureTel's Live Phone,
and White Pine Software's Enhanced CU-SeeMe. The ConferenceCard provides both full-duplex
sound and video capture capabilities to enable quality video and two-way audio
conferencing directly on a notebook computer.
Offering full-motion video display and capture at up to 30 frames per second and a
resolution of up to 320x240 (.avi format), the ConferenceCard is fully compatible with
Microsoft Video For Windows and Windows Sound System as well as most video and audio
conferencing software. Nogatech also bundles the ConferenceCard with a camera, headset, a
cable for audio inputs/outputs and video inputs, and free video conferencing software,
offering the solution under the name Mobile Video Pro, a total video and audio
conferencing solution for notebook computer users. For more information, contact Nogatech
at 408-342-1400 or visit the company's Web site at www.nogatech.com.
Symposium Multimedia Conferencing 5.1
Nortel (Northern Telecom)
2221 Lakeside Blvd.
Richardson, TX 75082
Web site: www.nortel.com
Nortel's Symposium Multimedia Conferencing 5.1 includes several new user features and
an improved PCI video codec that provides up to 30 frames per second (fps) in full CIF
mode. The new release retains the full feature set from the previous version (version
5.0): H.320 video conferencing, T.120 data applications, and other features including
whiteboarding, application sharing, file transfer, chat, directory dialing, call logging,
and a variety of connectivity options.
Symposium Multimedia Conferencing 5.1 offers onscreen camera control (requires a
pan/tilt/zoom camera at the endpoint), and a presenter tool with the ability to store
preset camera and audio control settings for quick switching during a video conference.
The presenter tool also allows the storing of preset documents and applications for easy
opening during a conference.
Other features include advanced call diagnostics - updated in real-time during a
conference -- for both transmit and receive signals; and general improvements such as the
ability to share Power Video's video broadcasts or stored video clip viewing during a
conference. For more information, contact Nortel at 1-800-4NORTEL or visit the company's
Web site at www.nortel.com.
ONE TOUCH Systems
40 Airport Pkwy.
San Jose, CA 95110
Web site: www.onetouch.com
ONE TOUCH Systems' Front Row is a Web-based application that delivers real-time audio,
video, and Web knowledge to interactive distance learning (IDL) students at their desktops
via corporate intranets. Front Row provides the same instructor/learner interactivity as a
broadcast TV classroom via patented Response Keypads, which permit participants to speak
directly with the presenter and respond to multiple choice or alphanumeric questions. The
presenter can also guide students through Web content by synchronizing and updating the
participants' browsers in unison.
Front Row minimizes the impact of traffic on corporate networks by incorporating the
latest compression and transmission standards. Front Row delivers 15 fps video to the
desktop using less than 3 percent of the bandwidth of a typical 10Base-T Ethernet network
by employing the H.263 video compression standard and the G.711 audio compression standard
in the Intel MDS streaming multimedia framework. For more information, contact ONE TOUCH
at 408-436-4600 or visit the company's Web site at www.onetouch.com.
9101 Guilford Rd.
Columbia, MD 21046
Web site: www.outreachtech.com
The CONFERease 900, from Outreach Technologies, is a T.120-compliant, real-time,
multi-point Windows NT conferencing server designed to combine business-quality audio
communications, document conferencing software, and teleconference management software
into a single, turnkey system. Aimed at enterprises and service providers alike, the
CONFERease 900 supports from 24 to 96 users and leverages communications infrastructure
such as existing phone (PSTN/PBX) and TCP/IP networks.
CONFERease 900 enables users to maximize conference productivity. For example, while
engaging in a conversation through the synchronous voice connection, participants can
share applications or documents and make and review changes in real time. Furthermore,
CONFERease 900 features multi-level security options, allowing users to schedule and
instantly create conferences, view conference calendars, change conference settings,
disconnect participants, create custom IVR messages, and generate activity and usage
reports from any designated network desktop. As an added security measure, administrator
and conductor capabilities are password-enabled. For more information, contact the company
at 410-792-8000 or visit their Web site at www.outreachtech.com.
100 Minuteman Rd., M/S 721
Andover, MA 01810
Web site: www.picturetel.com
PictureTel's LiveLAN visual collaboration solution enables users to meet in virtual
conference rooms and perform H.323-compliant, business-quality audio, video, and data
sharing over their existing corporate IP infrastructure or any IP network. Release 3.1 of
LiveLAN, LiveManager, and LiveGateway offer enhancements that allow customers to receive
video at up to 30 frames per second at very high network speeds. LiveLAN and LiveManager
also support FORE Systems' native ATM, designed to provide Quality of Service (QoS) and
expand available network options.
Other LiveLAN 3.1 features include network transmission speeds up to 768 Kbps, support
for Microsoft Internet Locator Service (ILS) browsing; and Lotus Notes integration,
enabling LiveLAN to initiate a call to another client listed in a Lotus Notes address
book. New features of LiveManager 3.1 include network status monitoring via the Web, the
ability to share LiveGateway resources between two or more LiveManagers, and the
integration of LiveManager and LiveGateway consoles. Upgrades to LiveGateway 3.1 enable
customizable greetings and improved T.120 data sharing capabilities. For more information,
contact the company at 978-292-5000 or visit their Web site at www.picturetel.com.
2584 Junction Ave.
San Jose, CA 95134
Web site: www.polycom.com
Polycom has recently announced their new ViewStation V.35, a video conferencing system
that delivers 768 Kbps full-motion video capabilities and supports Microsoft's NetMeeting.
Augmenting the Polycom ViewStation 128 and ViewStation 512 products that support ISDN
networks, ViewStation V.35 enables customers on both public and private networks worldwide
to deploy ViewStation throughout their organizations. ViewStation V.35 provides
full-motion 768 Kbps video over digital networks such as T1, E1, and PRI and also includes
H.331 broadcast mode support to allow users to transmit high-quality broadcast video
transmissions. With Microsoft NetMeeting support, users can share data and applications
The product's support of RS-366 allows customers the option to place either dialed or
non-dialed calls. Furthermore, the product includes dual monitor support, a voice-tracking
camera, integrated presentation capabilities, and remote management capabilities. Fully
H.323 ready, ViewStation's innovative embedded Web server enables easy access for remote
system management and diagnostics, as well as simple software upgrades via the Internet or
intranet. For more information, call 408-526-9000 or visit the company's Web site at www.polycom.com.
Meeting Pak Plus
Prolink Computer, Inc.
15336 E. Valley Blvd.
City of Industry, CA 91746
Web site: www.prolink-usa.com
Prolink's Pixelview Meeting Pak Plus is a video conferencing solution incorporating the
Brooktree 848 chipset. The solution is PCI 2.1-compliant and offers plug and play
capabilities. In addition to supporting NTSC, PAL, and SECAM video inputs as well as
Composite and S-Video inputs, the Meeting Pak Plus offers a motion display of up to 30
frames per second, relayed through the PCI master bus interface where the video resolution
is boosted to 24-bit 320x240 pixels. The solution supports Microsoft's Video for Windows
as well as Windows 95.
The Meeting Pak Plus consists of a TV/FM tuner and capture card combination utilizing
the Brooktree 848 chipset, a Phillips brand analog camera, a microphone, the necessary
installation drivers, and bundled video conferencing software. The video conferencing
software allows users to see and hear each other on their PCs through the Internet or via
standard telephone lines. For more information, contact the company at 626-369-3833 or
visit their Web site at www.prolink-usa.com.
575 Corporate Dr., Suite 420
Mahwah, NJ 07430
Web site: www.radvision.com
The L2W-323 is a self-contained standalone gateway designed to translate between the
H.323 and H.320 protocols, and convert multimedia information from circuit-switched to
H.323 IP packets. On the PSTN side, the product supports either voice-only calls, or H.320
video conferencing sessions. The L2W-323 enables users to exchange audio, video, and data
in real-time from 64 Kbps to 384 Kbps. The L2W-323 supports up to eight concurrent voice
calls or four concurrent video calls between users on different networks. Users of an
L2W-323-enabled network also benefit from full end-to-end support for T.120 sessions,
provided all terminals support the standard in their collaborative applications.
The L2W-323, working in conjunction with an embedded RADVision H.323 GateKeeper,
provides the functionality of a multimedia PBX, allowing internetwork calls, direct inward
dialing, call forward and transfer, and custom call control via IVR and DTMF signaling.
Real-time routing (or bypass routing) between network segments is provided. Optional
hardware modules perform real-time audio transcoding between G.723 and G.711, as well as
G.728 and G.711. For more information, contact the company at 201-529-4300 or visit their
Web site at www.radvision.com.
Hicom Xpress IP Video
Siemens Business Communications
4900 Old Ironsides Dr.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Web site: www.siemenscom.com
Siemens Business Communications has introduced the Hicom Xpress IP Video, a video
conferencing solution that enables video calls between LAN-based and ISDN-based PC video
conferencing systems. The Hicom Xpress IP Video solution enables the following
applications: distance learning, telesales, telemedicine, and remote patient consultation.
Hicom Xpress IP Video is a component of Siemens' recently announced Multimedia-IP LAN
Siemens has partnered with RADVision and VCON to deliver this solution. The Hicom
Express IP Video product is comprised of VCON's voice, video, and gateway system operating
on an IP network-connected PC, a video client from VCON that runs on a LAN-connected PC,
and a video gateway from RADVision that connects the video clients to a Siemens Hicom
communications server. The Hicom Xpress IP Video enables connectivity between LAN video
and ISDN video through the RADVision video gateway. Compatibility exists between disparate
video products as long as they conform to either the H.323 or H.320 industry standards for
video conferencing. For more information, contact Siemens at 408-492-2000 or visit the
company's Web site at www.siemenscom.com.
17440 N. Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 200
Dallas, TX 75287
Web site: www.vcon.com
VCON's MediaConnect 8000 offers cost-effective, real-time group video conferencing over
IP and ISDN. The group meeting system combines a 3BRI single-board solution with
multimedia capabilities up to 768 Kbps LAN and 384 Kbps ISDN conferencing. The
MediaConnect 8000 addresses several key end-user issues: Television-quality video with
audio synchronization; Document sharing without eliminating video quality; and Multimedia
Features of the MediaConnect 8000 include voice-only calls over IP, video and audio
conferencing up to 384 Kbps ISDN and 768 Kbps LAN at 30 fps, and T.120 data conferencing.
The system runs over multiple communication protocols, including LAN, WAN, ATM, ISDN, and
frame relay. The MediaConnect 8000 system includes a codec, 29" SVGA monitor, 200 MHz
MMX Intel-based PC, roll-about cart, a 10/100 IP or ISDN network connection, wireless
keyboard, pan/tilt/zoom camera, speakers, and a microphone. Furthermore, a 32-bit Software
Developer's Kit (OCX 32bit) is available for customized application integration with
VCON's MediaConnect and desktop systems. For more information, contact the company at
972-735-9001 or visit their Web site at www.vcon.com.
Encounter Family (Network Servers)
63 Third Ave.
Burlington, MA 01803
Web site: www.videoserver.com
VideoServer's Encounter Family of IP (Internet Protocol) conferencing products is
designed to deliver mainstream video conferencing over the Internet. The Encounter Family
IP conferencing solution offers businesses clear audio, video, and data collaboration over
the Internet, optimizing the available bandwidth and integrating essential multi-point
services, gateway functionality, and conference management. The solution is comprised of
three products: Encounter NetServer, Encounter NetGate, and Encounter GateKeeper.
The Encounter NetServer is an H.323 Multimedia Conference Server (MCS) for LAN-based
conferencing applications, and the Encounter NetGate is a gateway server connecting ISDN
and IP conferencing endpoints. Both the NetServer and NetGate are built on the popular
Windows NT/Intel architecture and are fully compliant with the international standard for
IP-based conferencing (H.323). The NetGate also supports the international T.120 standard
for data conferencing. These products ensure interoperability between conferencing
endpoints from Microsoft, Intel, PictureTel, VCON, and others. The family also includes
Encounter GateKeeper, which controls access and bandwidth utilization. For more
information, contact the company at 617-229-2000 or visit their Web site at www.videoserver.com.
White Pine Software, Inc.
542 Amherst Street
Nashua, NH 03063
Web site: www.wpine.com
MeetingPoint cost-effectively delivers multimedia group interaction over the Internet
or any IP network, such as a corporate intranet. The product integrates into existing
networks, and can be configured and administered remotely from any computer with a Web
browser. Furthermore, MeetingPoint even manages the amount of bandwidth required for group
interaction and takes full advantage of IP multicast technology.
White Pine has recently announced MeetingPoint version 3.5. Some of the audio subsystem
enhancements offered in this new version include G.711 and G.723 audio mixing, mixing of
multiple audio streams (enabling "hands free" conferencing), and silence
detection/background noise suppression. Video subsystem improvements include support for
full CIF video (in addition to QCIF) and video switching based on amplitude detection.
MeetingPoint 3.5 is now optimized to work with Intel ProShare, PictureTel LiveLAN, and
Microsoft NetMeeting clients. For more information, contact White Pine at 603-886-9050, or
visit the company's Web site at www.wpine.com.
7 Perimeter Rd.
Manchester, NH 03103
Web site: www.zydacron.com
Zydacron's OnWAN350 is a Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI)-based desktop video
conferencing package that can run at up to 30 frames-per-second (fps). An integrated
desktop video conferencing solution with ISDN-BRI on a single PCI-compatible codec board,
OnWAN350 features the latest AVP-III Video/Audio Processor chipset from Lucent
Technologies. Lucent's AVP-III Video/Audio Processor is one of the industry's most
complete video conferencing solutions, offering video, audio, acoustic echo cancellation,
and communication protocol functions. The AVP-III codec chip supports standards-based,
two-way, real-time video conferencing over both analog and digital lines.
The product is designed to provide a complete communications solution offering T.120
support for data collaboration as well as full Microsoft NetMeeting integration. Other
OnWAN350 features include:
- Onboard ISDN communications with S/T and U interface.
- Built-in ISDN analyzer software.
- Call size up to 128 Kbps.
- MCU support.
- End user diagnostics.
For more information, contact Zydacron at 603-647-1000 or visit the company's Web site
2955 Campus Dr.
San Mateo, CA 94403
Web site: www.connectix.com
Corporation's QuickCam allows users to communicate visually with standards-based video
conferencing via the Internet or modem-to-modem, or with still images or video clips
attached to e-mail. The QuickCam VC supports the TWAIN standard for compatibility with
popular software for still image acquisition, and as a Video for Windows device, QuickCam
VC is also compatible with popular software requiring video. QuickCam VC is available for
Windows 95 and Windows 98.
The QuickCam VC camera offers the following features:
- A CIF (352x288 pixels) CCD (Charge Coupled Device) from Sharp Corporation;
- Frame rates of over 15 frames per second at CIF on a Pentium 166 or better;
- New USB interface technology from Lucent Technologies; and
- An adjustable focus lens and a 6-foot cable.
The accompanying Connectix Videophone 3.0 Software includes:
- Enhanced video conferencing capabilities over a LAN or modem-to-modem;
- PictureTel's H.324 standard technology for interoperability with any other H.324
standard user; and
- Compatibility with Microsoft's NetMeeting for Internet video conferencing using H.323.
For more information, contact Connectix at 650-571-5100 or visit the company's Web site
8493 Baymeadows Way
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Web site: www.parkervision.com
ParkerVision's Cameraman 3-CCD is a broadcast-quality camera system that fits the bill
for applications ranging from video conferencing to video production to live video
broadcast presentations. An evolution of ParkerVision's 1-CCD camera, but with added
features, higher resolution, and more accurate color for those applications requiring
higher performance, the 3-CCD Camera Systems incorporates 1/2-inch IT Power HAD CCDs with
380,000 effective picture elements. This improved HAD sensor structure drastically reduces
smear level by 20dB while attaining a high sensitivity of F9.5 at 2000 lux. This permits
high-quality images in difficult lighting conditions.
The CameraMan provides advanced camera control functions such as linear matrix, shading
compensation, master pedestal, gamma selection, and selectable knee position and detail
level. Optional features, such as autoTRACK technology, give presenters the freedom to
walk around the room while the camera automatically follows every move. The combination of
the Cameraman's CCD technology, improved electronic circuitry, and advanced video
processing results in a signal-to-noise ratio of 60dB. For more information, contact the
company at 904-737-1367 or visit their Web site at www.parkervision.com.
40523 Encyclopedia Cir.
Fremont, CA 94538
Web site: www.siliconvision.com
Silicon Vision's CamKit 512N is a digital video PC camera kit for desktop computers and
is designed to facilitate applications such as video conferencing and video e-mail. Using
innovative iVision digital technology, the Silicon Vision camera dramatically reduces
memory consumption and CPU load during video processing. These improvements deliver
exceptionally high frame rates in full (16 million) color at up to 30 fps at 512x492
resolution. Fully compliant with Microsoft Video for Windows, the camera features a tripod
mount, focus wheel, and privacy shutter. Optional black and white mode delivers higher
resolution when color is unnecessary.
The offering works with many video conferencing and video capture software solutions,
and in fact, the CamKit comes prebundled with the following software:
- Silicon Vision's OneTouch;
- Prescient Systems' GOTCHA!
- Stefra Corp.'s Video Control; and
- VDOnet Corp.'s VDOPhone Professional video conferencing software and VDO LivePlayer!
For more information, contact the company at 510-770-2300 or visit their Web site at www.siliconvision.com.
Vista Imaging, Inc.
521 Taylor Way
San Carlos, CA 94070
Web site: www.vistaimaging.com
Vista Imaging, Inc.'s ViCAM is a high-speed, high-resolution desktop color digital
video camera for IBM PC compatible computers. ViCAM interfaces to a standard parallel port
and produces fast, 30 frame per second video in full color in support of motion video
applications, and features high-quality, 24-bit true color still image capture in
resolutions ranging from 160x120 to 1280x960. It also offers support for up to 16.8
million true colors and 256 grayscale formats. In addition, ViCAM features the ability to
capture images in extremely low-light environments, and includes an IEEE-1284 compatible
parallel pass-through device to allow printing from the same parallel port without the
need to disconnect the camera to access the printer.
ViCAM comes equipped with viewer software that enables users to control all features of
the camera, and includes standard TWAIN and AVI drivers as well. These drivers make the
camera compatible with programs such as Adobe PhotoShop and Microsoft NetMeeting. For more
information, contact Vista Imaging at 650-802-9685 or visit the company's Web site at www.vistaimaging.com.
2210 O'Toole Ave.
San Jose, CA 95131
Web site: www.xirlink.com
Xirlink has integrated their XVP500 digital video camera with video source input
capabilities, thereby eliminating the need to install a video capture card. C-it Pro is a
Universal Serial Bus digital camera that comes with the video capture card built-in. The
camera features Xirlink's second-generation ViCE (Video Compression Engine) chip, which
does on-the-fly compression within the camera, allowing the camera to achieve 30 fps in
CIF resolution (352x288) in 24-bit or true color mode.
Xirlink also provides all the software you need to start video conferencing. The
Xirlink Video Suite comes complete with a combination of some of the most popular video
conferencing, desktop video editing, and desktop photo editing software. The software
includes Microsoft NetMeeting, Xirlink H.324 video conferencing software, MGI VideoWave,
MetaCreations Soap and Goo, ArcSoft's PhotoFantasy, and Reality Fusion's Live Screen
C-it takes advantage of native support for Microsoft's Windows 98 for USB, to provide
users with instant plug and play functionality. For more information, contact Xirlink at
408-324-2100 or visit the company's Web site at www.xirlink.com.
207 South St.
Boston, MA 02111
Web site: www.zoomtel.com
The Zoom/Video Cam, a full-color full-motion digital camera for PCs, comes complete and
ready to use with a Zoom/Video capture card, Windows 95 drivers, video application
software, and a microphone. The Zoom/Video Cam plugs into the Zoom/Video capture card,
which installs easily in any 16-bit ISA slot, enabling the Zoom/Video Cam to be used with
a wide range of systems.
The Zoom/Video Cam's compliance with standards such as H.323 and H.324 assures
compatibility with a wide range of video conferencing hardware and software. The product
enables real-time video and video mail over standard phone lines or the Internet, the
addition of moving or still images to almost any computer document or presentation, and
participation in video chats or business meetings through the Internet. The Zoom/Video Cam
uses an advanced CMOS array to provide high-resolution color live action video or
point-and-click image capture, and the 50 wide-angle field of view lens can focus from 2
inches to infinity. For more information, contact Zoom Telephonics at 617-423-1072 or
visit the company's Web site at www.zoomtel.com.