Sharing content in Windows 8 and later

Vidyo introduced a change in a recent VidyoDesktop release (3.6.5) that changes the way you can share content from VidyoDesktop running on Windows 8 and later.

This is from the technical bulletin from Vidyo:

On Windows 8 and later, in certain scenarios when a user shares an application, other applications running on that user’s machine may also be shared into the conference. Due to this privacy concern, we have limited sharing on Windows 8 and later to sharing the full display only. On Windows versions earlier than Windows 8 and on Mac OS X, this issue does not exist, therefore application sharing is still available.

We have not seen this behaviour ourselves, but it is clear that this is not a scenario that you would want to have happen when you are sharing content.

If you share content from a Windows 8 device with a single screen, you will be sharing the same screen that VidyoDesktop is running on. When you start sharing, you will see VidyoDesktop minimise itself to a small window at the bottom of your screen. If you have two screens, then you can share the screen on which VidyoDesktop is not running and VidyoDesktop should not minimise itself as it does with a one screen setup.

 

MSI for VidyoDesktop available

Vidyo have made available an MSI to allow automated deployment of the VidyoDesktop application on Windows as well as instructions on how to auto populate the required information for VidyoDesktop on MacOS.

There are fairly detailed instructions on how to set up the parameters for Vidyo when deploying the MSI. It is assumed that you will know how to construct a package to wrap all this up.

More information on settings particular to the TENET setup will be added here in a bit, once we have had a chance to explore this.

Please contact vidyo@tenet.ac.za if you would like to take advantage of these options. If you are willing to be an early adopter, we would be most grateful if you would write up the process by which you made this work, and we will post it here.

New guides for VidyoMobile (iOS), Outlook Extension and VidyoRoom

Visit have pushed out some new quick guides for some of their offerings:

The VidyoMobile guide covers setting up and scheduling meetings from an IPad, as well as the task involved in managing a conference and making best use of the in call controls. It is surprising how much you can achieve in this application. Don’t forget, you can also control a room system from the new VidyoRemote app that runs under iOS on the iPad.

The Vidyo extension for Outlook (Windows only) puts a “Meet by Vidyo” button in the Outlook Ribbon. Once you have linked that to your Vidyo account you can schedule a Vidyo meeting by clicking the button and having all the relevant information populate an Outlook calendar invite.

The VidyoRoom guide is a useful two page guide that is worth printing and laminating and leaving in your Vidyo equipped meeting room.

 

 

The onward march of Full HD

TENET is pleased to announce that the TENET Vidyo set-up now supports Full HD (1080p) across the piece. Yesterday we took advantage of the increased capacity available on our VidyoGateways that arose from Vidyo’s recent software updates, that have effectively doubled the call capacity, to make available Full HD connection to and from H.323/SIP endpoints. This follows on from the recent arrival of Full HD on the VidyoReplay/Recorder

The VidyoGateway cluster we run has always supported HD (7020p), and of course native Vidyo calls can do Full HD and even better in some circumstances, but it was clear that some of our users were looking to be able to connect existing H.323/SIP endpoints to Vidyo meetings at this higher resolution.

Having made the adjustments, we can now offer our H.323/SIP users:

  • 12 ports of Full HD connection, or
  • 21 ports HD. or
  • 48 SD, etc

Or some combination of these amounts.

Don’t forget that we also offer voice call ability to Vidyo meetings – you will see the details by generating the meeting invite from VidyoDesktop.

We have instructions on connecting to and from an H.323/SIP endpoint here

Please do try this out and let us know at vidyo@tenet.ac.za how it goes or if there are any problems

Vidyo Room System options

Back in February, Craig Watson from Q Distribution, Vidyo’s distributers in Southern Africa spoke to colleagues from universities and research councils in South Africa bout the options for equipping rooms to use with Vidyo.

 

 

Here are some examples of Vidyo equipped rooms in use across the South Africa HE and research communities

 

Full HD Recording and Streaming now available on Vidyo

We have just completed a major update to the TENET Vidyo backend. Vidyo have pushed out new releases of the software that runs the VidyoPortal, VidyoRouters, VidyoGateways and VidyoReplay.

End users will not notice many changes, as these are mostly updates to the underlying server architectures. However, Tenant Admins and Operators in the universities and other organisations using this service will notice a change in the admin interface, and all users will benefit form a couple of very welcome enhancements in capability.

Changes to /admin interface

Vidyo have redone the Admin and SuperAdmin interfaces to move away from the old Flash based interface to a more modern HTML5 style et up. All the old functionality is still there, albeit sometimes in slightly different places.

Gateway Capacity

One welcome result of this upgrade is that the capacity of the VidyoGateway Cluster that we are running is magically doubled! I think that owing to a move to a full 64 bit architecture, Vidyo have been able to squeeze more connections out of a given Virtual Machine set up. We need to do some rearrangement of things, but we hope to be able to offer a decent size pool of of full HD H.323/SIP connection. Don’t forget that you can use the Gateways as a cloud VMR, without Vidyo – see this page for information.

Full HD Record/Replay/Streaming

This is really good news. Up to now we have been restricted in our recording, etc. , to HD (720p). That’s OK, but with the continued adoption of high resolution screens displays, the lack of Full HD was starting to show. We have now enabled Full HD recording – see the page on recording a meeting for instructions on how to start a recording. We have enabled three new recording profiles:

  • Full HD People & Content
    • Shows shared content (if present) with the people in small windows to right and below content
  • Full HD People – No Content
    • Just People – no content (even if shared)
  • Full HD Content Preferred
    • Shows just content if it is being shared.

New VidyoRemote App for iPad, and other updates

Vidyo have announced the release of some new versions for the Vidyo badged Room systems and also the VidyoRoom SE version. This is in addition to a welcome updating of the VidyoDesktop for Linux to match the versions already available for MacOS and Windows. Finally, there is a new VidyoRemote for iPad that looks very nice.

Some highlights of the new VidyoRoom releases are:

  • New side-by-side option for VidyRoom SE that allows one screen to show VidyoRoom and the other to show the Windows Desktop. You must be running VidyoRoom SE as an HD230 to be able to so this
  • It seems you can now uninstall and the re-install VidyoRoom SE and choose a different version to run as (previously it was a one way choice).
  • New USB 3 cameras supported:
    • The Mimray UV950 is a USB 3 Camera with 12x optical zoom, and up to 1080p at 60fps
    • The Sony SRG-120DU USB 3 camera with 12x optical zoom and 71 degree wide angle
  • Improved quality of audio played back through an INOGENIE content capture device

VidyoRemote 3 for iPad

This looks really nice. It essentially gives you a touch screen version of both the IR Remote and the Control Meeting Web GUI rolled into one. You pair it to the Room system – you will find the pairing code for the VidyoRoom system on the backend web GUI for the Room system (get to that browsing to the VidyoRoom system IP address and authenticating). Once paired, you choose which room system (if you have set up a number of different ones) and away you go with full control. See the screenshots below. Get it from the iOS App Store.

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No word on whether they are developing an Android Tablet version.