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TrueConf Pioneers 4K (UltraHD) 1-on-1 Video Calls
TrueConf, a leading Eastern European vendor of video conferencing solutions, has announced UltraHD 4K 1-on-1 video calls. This is the first ever solution to provide UltraHD point-to-point video calls along with multipoint video conferencing.
TrueConf technicians demonstrated the difference between 1-on-1 4K (UltraHD) and FullHD calls at a press conference on June 9 2015 in Moscow. The prototype used for the presentation consisted of a PC with a fourth generation Intel i7 CPU, Point Grey UltraHD camera, and TrueConf Server software displayed on a Polymedia Flipbox smart display for meeting rooms. The point-to-point UltraHD video calls also required a powerful video card and 4Mbit/s bandwidth.
According to TrueConf, their prototype is fundamentally different from those existing in the 4K video conferencing market, as it supports 4K UltraHD video from one participant rather than a collection of video streams from multiple users, with a maximum video resolution of 1080p from each participant. TrueConf developers note that this is a solution in advance of current IT market capabilities.
TrueConf CEO Michael Gotalsky said: "Point-to-point 4K video calling is currently in beta. It will be practically implemented in 2016, when more powerful PCs, affordable 4K cameras and hardware support for the new generation of VP9 and H.265 codecs will be widely offered in the market."
"In March 2010 when we introduced HD 720p video calls, people have been skeptical about that, but today video of such quality is available on any smartphone," Mr. Gotalsky said.
"An UltraHD video stream from each participant is a great step forward in the market, and it also brings a definitive end to the race for UltraHD video conferencing among video vendors that began in 2014 when we showcased 4K group video conferencing at Integrated Systems Europe 2014."
Polymedia CTO Igor Isheyev said: "Today, many display system manufacturers can produce large-scale visual systems with diagonals from 80 inches and up. Obviously, with the 'heavy' visuals that can easily occur with multiple high resolution streams, it is inefficient to use systems with basic FullHD (1920x1080), since the visual quality on such displays will be very low."
"Thus, modern large-scale display systems should have a high pixel per inch rate (ppi). Basically, the 'Age of 4K' will come not because vendors found out how to make these screens, but because it is a natural demand of the times. One of the problems with promoting 4K technologies was the fact that there were practically no interfaces of adequate quality for transmitting 4K data to displays from the source up until very recent times. However, this issue can be considered resolved and there are no definite factors that could constrain a rapid widespread of 4K technologies," Mr. Isheyev said.
About TrueConf, www.trueconf.com
TrueConf equips PCs, mobiles and meeting rooms with high quality video conferencing and collaboration solutions. TrueConf apps and solutions are easy to use and are fully compatible with legacy and SIP equipment, meaning that you save money on infrastructure while still utilizing state-of-the art technologies like scalable video coding (SVC) and intelligent stream manipulation. More than 1500 companies and 3 million customers around the world choose TrueConf to meet their video conferencing needs. TrueConf native client apps are powered by 100% software architecture, and our products are available as both an on-premises solution and as a cloud service for end-customers and partners.
About Polymedia, www.polymedia.ru/en/
Polymedia is a leader of the information display systems market in Russia, system integrator and developer of program solutions. The company was created in 1998 and now combines 14 subsidiaries at largest Russian and CIS cities. Polymedia is headquartered in Moscow, Russia. Polymedia's engineers develop projects for conference halls, situational centers, control rooms, monitoring and control centers, stadiums, council chambers and lecture halls. Besides fully integrated projects the company also develops a variety of software and hardware products.
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