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New Video System from Vidyo

September 17, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

By Andrew W. Davis

Vidyo will be introducing VidyoRoom HD-100 this week. The 720p @30fps system is based on a dedicated Pentium platform (quad core Intel technology) running Vidyo software. The codec lists for $2,995 and currently supports the Sony EVI-HD1 high-def camera and ClearOne Chat 150 audio device. Support for other HDMI and USB peripherals is on the horizon. The HD-100 brings Vidyo's Scalable Video Coding technology to the entry-level price point for conference rooms while maintaining the all-important HD resolution and bandwidth resilience for which Vidyo is known. The system supports one display for video and one for data collaboration.

We were given a demonstration of Vidyo software version 1.1.2 recently. My colleague Ira Weinstein and I were involved in a four way and five way video videoconference with data collaboration. All of the participants were on desktop or laptop computers using Logitech cameras, and the results were outstanding ... Ira and I did our Wainhouse Research proprietary high technology test for latency and found the delay to be almost imperceptible. For those of you experienced in videoconferencing, you know how important low delay can be to contributing to a high quality experience and high user satisfaction. The data collaboration experience is also very pleasant. The data window can be made separate (simple double click) and resized and repositioned anywhere on the screen. The video windows can also be moved and resized, and they reconfigure themselves automatically as needed (horizontal, vertical, square, etc).

Some thoughts: The videoconferencing market is a very tough market as any of the vendors will tell you and as many observers have long noted. Combine the rough and tumble competition, the unusual barriers to entry (interoperability among others), and the fact that Vidyo is a startup, and it would be arrogant (or naïve) to predict the company's wild success. However, there are some interesting nuggets here, including scalable video coding that delivers appreciable video performance over a wide range of network capabilities; offerings from the company that span from the desktop to the conference room; support for HD resolution; extremely low latency, particularly noted in multipoint calls; and a new user interface that is pleasantly clean. Put it all together and you have a solution emerging that would be appealing to many, including EDU and training-focused applications where a PC-based client is appealing, and even Conferencing Service Providers (CSPs) or ISPs who might be tempted to get back into video services given that Vidyo seems to run just fine over the public Internet. If the company's gateway to H.323 industry standard systems works well (we have not seen this), then even enterprises might be tempted to take the Vidyo plunge. Okay, so color me naive!

[via: The Wainhouse Research Bulletin, Vol. 9 #25 September 15, 2008]

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