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    Video-conference Tech. Hard. & Soft.

    Many moons ago I enjoyed a full-on Polycom suite, but recall it being as expensive as it was to easy use - which I guess is the whole point of such dedicated equipment - but sadly, I don't get the feeling I've that kind of budget to play with.

    Not because we've not got the money mind, but our use-case/demand for video conferencing is far smaller - so the ROI argument a much tougher sell.

    At present we get by with Skype on a laptop - but that soon starts to suffer with more than 2-3 huddled around the camera - so (at first) was thinking a dedicated camera and microphone setup - but to be perfectly honest haven't the first clue, so thought I'd throw an enquiry out into the air here to see what gear you're all rocking for such things!?

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    we have used a camera on top of our TV (wall mount) and Skype / GoToMeeting before and it worked reasonably well in the conference room. Table seats about 10 comfortably.
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    From the briefest of Googles I've already noted a wide (cost) chasm between:

    1. dedicated "conference" equipment
    VSN V360 =$499
    Meeting Owl = £799
    Logitech Connect = £439
    Logitech BCC950 = £219


    2. Webcams w/ microphones
    Logitech Brio 4K =£170
    720p Microsoft HD3000 =£22
    1080p MS LifeCam = £65


    ...and whilst I "get" the former sport 360/wide-angle viewing, multi-mic. zoom/focus and all that jazz, I'm struggling to see how the latter aren't the better option for us - presently anyway (this'll be going in 4.5x2.8m room, 55" screen on the short wall, long table running down the middle)
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    I think it just depends on your needs & wants. Do people spend a lot of time in video conferences? Do you (they?) care if the camera focuses on the speaker or just the room? What type / quality of microphone do you need?

    Personally - I want to get one of the TVs that has a pen interface so we can markup directly on the screen. Then have a mirror of it mounted into the conference table. Most of our meetings still involve paper prints & a red pen

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    Zoom Rooms for software, and either very lightweight computers (NUC's) or ipads/tablets, in the conference room, for connecting. I didnt think id like it over the "more flashy and expensive" options, but it works damn well.

    In fact, i just did a training two weeks ago, where i just joined the zoom meeting from my machine, and presented "through zoom." The room had a video cable, but it was just easier than bothering with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
    Zoom Rooms for software, and either very lightweight computers (NUC's) or ipads/tablets, in the conference room, for connecting.
    So a device in every hand? Que?!



    EDITWOAH, zoom, whatever is, costs £39pm a room? That's £468pa - never happening.
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    No devices in every hand. One device per room.

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    We've been using a Logitech Connect VideoCam/Speaker system & love it.
    https://www.logitech.com/en-us/produ...ncecam-connect
    About US $500
    Nice camera with remote so you can Pan & Zoom & great sound
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowyweston View Post
    So a device in every hand? Que?!
    EDITWOAH, zoom, whatever is, costs £39pm a room? That's £468pa - never happening.
    FWIW - Autodesk has switched to Zoom from Skype for a lot of their video conferencing / screen sharing. It is way better than Skype.
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    We replaced GTM with Zoom, and its incredible. We still have Skype for direct IM, but SFB meeting rooms suck ass.

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