Conferencing News – April 2015

Sonic Foundry announced Mediasite Join, a cloud-based video conference capture solution that automatically converts video calls and meetings into on-demand video.  Users simply add Mediasite Join as a participant to their videoconferences, and the service automatically records everything said and shown. It then transcodes, indexes, and publishes recorded videoconferences to Mediasite alongside all their other video assets.

Panopto announced that it has updated its video capture and management software. The update introduces a new Jive app for integrating and searching video content within Jive’s social collaboration software.

Kaltura announced a new Video Distribution Connector that allows customers to publish video directly to Facebook from Kaltura. With the new Connector, Kaltura publishers can continue to use Kaltura’s platform, applications, and API as their primary video management solution while harnessing the reach of sharing social video content on Facebook.  According to Facebook, on average, there are more than 3 billion video views on Facebook every day, of which more than 65% are on a mobile device.

Clary Icon, manufacturer of the OneScreen video collaboration hub, is going even more global. Clary Icon launched its inaugural international channel expansion program in the fourth quarter of last year and announced last month signed reseller partnerships with Beijing iMachines in China, Dubai Machines in the UAE, and various resellers in Pakistan including Commtel, Amtech, Seronics, ChannelTek, Jaffer Brothers, Al-Firdous, Mansha Brothers, Peakworkx, Corvit, HCP, NESCOP Technologies and The Solutioners.

ScanSource Communications is now an authorized distributor of Mitel’s full line of communications solutions in North America.  ScanSource Communications will provide resellers with Mitel’s entire portfolio of communications products, including business phones, UC and collaboration solutions, as well as contact center technologies.NextPlane has reported that the NextPlane UC Exchange federated community has now grown to 290 organizations with over 480,518 unique users who are conducting real-time collaboration with their colleagues in business partner organizations.

YouSeeU, an educational technology company, introduced its latest features at the OLC 8th Annual Emerging Technologies Symposium in Dallas, Texas.  Version 3.0 adds synchronous interaction (including recording of presentations) and group projects. A new dashboard supports comment and review threads. Some editing capabilities are added for those wanting to create presentations with embedded PowerPoint sharing.

According to ZDNET, Microsoft has purchased San Francisco-based LiveLoop for an undisclosed amount. LiveLoop builds collaboration tools for Microsoft Office. Its first product was LiveLoop for PowerPoint, which is a PowerPoint plug-in that allows an entire team to collaborate on a document simultaneously.  According to the explanation on the Web site, “LiveLoop converts presentations into Web URLs that can be viewed from any computer or phone *without* installing any software,” or using Web-hosting services for online meetings.

Videxio announced that it has planned a data center on Mars. With predictions from the Mars One team that the best possible video call from Mars will suffer up to a 20-minute delay, Videxio sees the need to remedy this situation by establishing special protocols and a dedicated data center.

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