Latest headlines: David Danto on the arrival of video collaboration, Scott Tiner on whether there will be a rise in home studios and more
November 30, 2020 | Volume: 11 | Issue: 22
And we’re back, folks! After taking a brief break to spend time with our respective quarantine crews for Thanksgiving, rAVe is back and ready to knock out the rest of the year! What about you, #AVtweeps? Any big projects you’re kicking off right as Q4 comes to an end?
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the below roundup of blogs and news — I encourage you to check out David Danto’s column this week about the ~ ~much-anticipated~ arrival and adoption of video collaboration. Next up, Scott Tiner asks a simple question: Is there going to be a rise in home studio setups? So many of us in the UCC world — even if UCC-adjacent — are required/expected to look and sound professional during meetings. Home studios can help make that happen, but would it be expecting too much for people to buy equipment of that caliber for themselves? Or will most simply stick to the bare necessities of videoconferencing tools?
Check out ClearOne’s latest news about its prepackaged home UCC solution bundle, Avaya’s UCC app upgrade, some new award announcements from IMCCA and more.
The horrific pandemic we’re living through forced people to use and get good at collaboration platforms to an extent that no formal adoption plan could ever have achieved. The result is that video platforms and components — just like the cars — have stopped touting their performance and reliability. Now they talk about how cool their virtual backgrounds are, how well their AI performs at automatically setting shots and tracking action, how strong their noise reduction is and how fancy their group shot layouts are. The industry didn’t get the celebration it deserved (as no one has really been in a mood to celebrate considering the pandemic) but the fact that video collaboration works as well as we always said it could has finally become a given.
We are all starting to learn that the workplace of the future has changed, and one way will be the concept of work-from-anywhere. Workplaces will take on the HyFlex model that educational institutions have become used to. I have written about HyFlex in previous blogs, but in a nutshell, it defines an environment where it does not matter where participants are. If we follow the belief that this model will work, it provides a situation where videoconferencing is ubiquitous in meetings. This finally brings me to one of the opportunities this presents: the home studio.