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LifeSize Communications - New HD Camera 10x & Video Center Update

October 19, 2010 | Howard Lichtman
From the Wainhouse Research Bulletin with commentary from Wainhouse Managing Director Andrew Davis

Two important announcements came out of LifeSize in the past week or so and we believe a third will drop shortly, but our lips are sealed. The announcement with perhaps the most punch is LifeSize Camera 10x. This is an all-new camera from LifeSize - a complete overhaul of the mechanical, optical, and electronic subsystems. Key features of the 1080p30 device that users should notice immediately are a 10x zoom (up from 4x), better performance in low light, and an HDMI video output that supports cable lengths up to 100 meters according to the
company. We are excited about this new camera because, in our humble opinion, the LifeSize PTZ camera has always been the weakest component of the LifeSize lineup. We haven't seen the new one in operation, so our optimism is based on slideware, but we think Camera 10x could be one of the most significant enhancements to the LifeSize story since the original LifeSize Room (April 2005) industry shocker.

LifeSize's second announcement concerned Video Center 1.1, a software update to the original Video Center. New capabilities include management functions that allow administrators to integrate LifeSize Video Center into any Lightweight Directory Access
Protocol (LDAP) server, enhanced reporting tools, branding and customization options, the ability to embed videos hosted on LifeSize Video Center within any other Web page, and
the ability to record content directly from all current LifeSize and standards-based third
party endpoints. The company also announced that, by the end of the year, joint customers will be able to use LifeSize Video Center with VBrick Enterprise Media System (VEMS), VBrick HD Reflectors, and VBrick Online Streaming Services (VBoss) to manage content, stream content across disparate networks and the Internet to multiple users, and to multicast video on local area networks.

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