Here’s How to Perfect Zoom’s Audio Settings for a Live Multisite Music Jam Session or Broadcast

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Are you one of the tens of thousands who miss jamming and playing music together? Well, Zoom’s now amped up its audio settings to allow for a more professional music experience for both the participants and the listeners. And, a longtime friend of mine, Brian Huff CTS-D, CTS-I, a Berklee College of Music graduate, and […]

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Zoom Creates Virtual Concierge Service Using Zoom Kiosk Mode, Adds Touchless iOS Control of Rooms

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Zoom just added, to its Zoom Rooms product, something called Kiosk Mode — basically, it allows you to use Zoom as a digital concierge with using a touch display at a reception counter or greeting station. With Zoom Rooms Kiosk Mode, which is now generally available, a virtual receptionist can greet you or your building […]

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Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2021 Edition

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Welcome to my 21st annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball! I love writing this annual predictions article — it’s both humbling and rewarding. It requires me to stop and research anything new, evaluate the potential impact it will have and then articulate it in a way that matters to readers. If you’re a regular reader of my […]

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Zooming Right Along

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Skype, FaceTime and now Zoom. Each of the past several iterations of videoconferencing have a few things in common. First, they became part of the consumer lexicon, becoming verbs, in fact. Second, they became popular because of their use by, and availability to the general consumer. Only Zoom, however, grew at what can be described […]

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Zoom Is Top UCC Platform for 5th Year in a Row

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Gartner just released its 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Meeting Solutions report and Zoom has been named a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Meeting Solutions for the fifth consecutive year as well as a Leader in the 2020 Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), Worldwide. Zoom was named a […]

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Are We Gonna Talk About Zoom ‘Being on Probation’ for 20 Years by the FTC, or Nah?

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So…are we gonna talk about Zoom “being on probation” for 20 years by the FTC, or nah? — Erica Williams (@haircutfw) November 13, 2020 On Nov. 9, 2020, the United States Federal Trade Commission announced a pending settlement with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. According to FTC Matter/File Number: 192 3167, “Zoom Video Communications, Inc. will […]

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Demonstrating a Livestreaming Studio Setup at Zoomtopia

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM PTZOPTICS By Paul Richards PTZOptics It’s been exciting to watch the AV industry evolve over the last 10 years, watching the rapid development of products such as Zoom Video Communications, the sweeping changes that videoconferencing and production technologies have brought and much more. I’ve done deep dives into the […]

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Jabra and HP Team for Microsoft Teams and Zoom Room Certified RBS Bundle

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Jabra announced a UCC-based bundle combining video and audio solutions for meeting rooms in collaboration with HP. The bundle features Jabra PanaCast, a 180 degree Panoramic-4K USB camera and HP Elite Slice room PC for UCC systems. The bundle is designed as a RBS — room-based systems — solution to UCC for video and audio […]

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Dear Zoom: Love Letter or Dear John Letter?

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Dear Zoom, We began using Zoom three years ago as a corporate replacement for Skype. The technical staff and our faculty and staff absolutely loved it. Slowly, we acquired more and more licenses. Then in March of 2020, COVID hit, and Zoom went from an essential tool to a business-critical application. And that is when […]

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Microsoft Teams Playing Catch-Up With Zoom; Adds Nifty Custom Layouts, Better Breakout Rooms and Killer Meeting Recap Features

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There’s no doubt that Microsoft Teams has been playing catch-up with Zoom for months; some would argue years. But, this week, Microsoft upped its game by adding a host of features that even Zoom power-users will love. Here’s a summary look at each one: Together Mode:  Together mode re-imagines meeting experiences to help participants feel […]

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BenQ Teams up With Zoom to Deliver Certified Videoconferencing Displays

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BenQ today announced that the company will deliver Zoom Rooms touch displays. The displays (no specific models listed yet) will be compatible with Zoom Rooms through OPS. The large-format displays comprise digital signage and interactive displays and will integrate the Zoom Rooms app. BenQ displays with Zoom Rooms will enable remote screen sharing, content collaboration […]

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LAVNCH EMEA Day 2: Hybrid Working Is Bursting With Opportunity

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We at rAVe were as excited about day two of LAVNCH EMEA — UCC Collaborative Day — as any other LAVNCH event we’ve hosted thus far. It’s like Chris Mcintyre-Brown of Futuresource said Wednesday on ProAV Day and reiterated this morning: UC&C (unified communications and collaboration) technology is intertwined into every AV discussion today. How […]

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New Zoom Hardware-as-a-Service Program Will Boost AVaaS; Get Into AVaaS Now!

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Right now, around the globe, most companies, educational institutions and government agencies have shifted their money to help solve internal COVID-19 issues and are trying to reopen. Therefore, financial expenditures on tech hardware not directly related to healthcare issues seem to be on hold (for now). So, now — more than any other time in […]

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UCC Day of LAVNCH WEEK 2.0: Revolution, ‘Next Normals’ and Marriage

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Wow, what a way to kick off LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 — the weeklong event’s UCC Day included three fantastic education sessions and amazing partner content from AVer, Nureva and Bluescape. There wasn’t a minute we weren’t learning, growing or soaking in something new related to the unified communications & collaboration (UCC) vertical of AV technology. […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 Is Coming. Here’s How to Get In On It.

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I can’t believe it’s already the middle of June. More specifically, I can’t believe it’s already June 18, because that means LAVNCH WEEK 2.0 is only FOUR days away. You didn’t know there was a LAVNCH WEEK 2.0? Where ya been? This week, we’ve been previewing some of the great presenter content planned for LAVNCH […]

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Eric Yuan and Zoom Deliver “Mic-Drop” to Cisco, MS Teams, BlueJeans and Google Meet

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Since releasing the draft design of Zoom’s end-to-end encryption (E2EE) on May 22, the company says it has engaged with civil liberties organizations, our CISO council, child safety advocates, encryption experts, government representatives, its own users and others to gather their feedback on this feature. The company also says it has explored new technologies to […]

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Biamp Conference Room Solutions Approved for Use With Zoom

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Biamp conference room solutions are now approved by Zoom for use with both Zoom software and Zoom Rooms. Thus, Biamp now supports bidirectional mute synchronization to share mute or unmute commands with Zoom. (This means Biamp microphones display mute status — red or green — and pass mute commands to the overall system with the […]

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Crestron Brings Zoom Rooms to the Home with HomeTime

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Crestron is announcing Crestron HomeTime in collaboration with Logitech and Zoom to deliver a videoconferencing, home control and unified communications experience engineered for socializing, remote learning and working from home. Crestron HomeTime is a unification of the Logitech MeetUp conference camera with the Crestron UC Engine that integrates with Crestron control to deliver the optimal […]

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Our Favorite Moments From LAVNCH WEEK 2020

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I had the pleasure of providing live coverage for the first-ever LAVNCH WEEK, an all-digital event put on by THE rAVe Agency in partnership with Zoom last week. After five full days of education sessions, product launches and thought-leadership, I wanted to write a wrap-up story of my favorite moments, broken down by vertical: ProAV, […]

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Crestron Adds Crestron Flex MX, a New UCC Appliance for BYOD or Native Microsoft Teams, Zoom Rooms

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Crestron’s new Flex MX is a UCC appliance that offers both native and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) capability. Crestron Flex MX allows companies to run native Microsoft Teams (UC-MX150-T) or Zoom Rooms (UC-MX150-Z) software or switch to BYOD mode for all other conferencing software. For organizations standardized on Microsoft Teams or Zoom Rooms, Flex MX delivers those […]

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Joe Way Presents From Doom to Zoom — Blog Version of the LAVNCH WEEK Keynote

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We’ve made it, everybody! The last day of LAVNCH WEEK arrived — and it left just as quickly. Our team is tired but proud — we created something brand new and released it much quicker than initially planned. LAVNCH is the industry’s first all-digital event we put on with Zoom and our other partners last […]

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I Watched Zoom’s Security Updates Webinar. Here Are the Takeaways.

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On Wednesday, I watched Zoom’s 45-minute “Get The Latest Product News From Zoom” webinar. When I received the lead, I figured it would be related to Zoom 5.0, the latest upgrade to Zoom and the result of its 90-day security-enhancement plan. Quick plug: Earlier on, this same day, rAVe held a one-on-one session with Zoom’s […]

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1 Beyond Adds Zoom Rooms Room Control

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1 Beyond has announced Zoom Rooms Room Controls for 1 Beyond cameras and multi-camera solutions, allowing users to change or turn on/off 1 Beyond automation features from the interface on the Zoom Room Controller (an iPad or tablet). 1 Beyond intelligent tracking cameras and smart switching systems create an enhanced Zoom meeting experience, allowing presenters […]

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Our One-on-One Session With Zoom — the LAVNCH WEEK UCC Day Keynote

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I was shaking in my boots (with excitement) to hear from Zoom for our LAVNCH WEEK UCC Day keynote. Zoom has been in the news a lot recently, but a lot of us think the platform has done a fantastic job of responding to criticism about its security measures, then directly addressing them with timeliness […]

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Giant Security Update to Zoom Rolls Out Starting Today

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Today Zoom announced security enhancements with the upcoming general availability of Zoom 5.0, a key milestone in its 90-day plan to proactively identify, address and enhance the security and privacy capabilities of the Zoom platform. By adding support for AES 256-bit GCM encryption, Zoom will provide increased protection for meeting data and resistance against tampering. […]

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Updated: How Zoom’s Recent Success Has Put Them Square in the Security Spotlight

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P.T. Barnum is credited for saying,”There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” You may have heard other variations of this old saying, such as “There’s no such thing as bad press.” Does this apply to recent headlines about Zoom? If you have lost track, I will do my best to summarize and put it all […]

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David Labuskes, Eric Yuan to Keynote LAVNCH WEEK

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THE rAVe Agency, rAVe [PUBS] and Zoom are collaborating on a one-of-a-kind virtual event. If you receive our newsletter or follow us on social media, you’ve likely heard about it. LAVNCH WEEK (pronounced “launch” week) is a five-day virtual event focused exclusively on AV education through high-level keynotes, interactive discussion panels and new product launches. […]

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Yamaha’s CS-700 Video Sound Bar Now Zoom-Certified

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Yamaha Unified Communications announced Thursday that its CS-700 Video Sound Bar is certified for use with Zoom Video Communications, Inc., Zoom Rooms. The certification verifies that the CS-700 is interoperable with Zoom. Designed for huddle rooms, the Yamaha CS-700 Video Sound Collaboration System is a wall-mounted unit that features an adaptive beamforming microphone array for […]

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ClearOne Announces Zoom Certification for UNITE 200 PTZ Camera

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ClearOne announced its third Zoom Certification for its camera lineup, now for the UNITE 200 PTZ, its top-of-the-line model. The UNITE 200 PTZ professional conferencing camera is optimized for a wide range of applications and environments requiring professional-quality visual collaboration at an affordable price. The UNITE 200 provides four network connectivity options, supporting USB 2.0, […]

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DTEN Introduces New Zoom-Room Collaboration Products at ISE 2020

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DTEN introduced two new Zoom Room-based collaboration products at ISE 2020 Tuesday. The DTEN GO with DTEN Mate turns any existing display panel (even a consumer TV) into a Zoom Rooms for Touch. The video bar with an accompanying wireless controller that enables content annotation and interactive whiteboarding on a monitor that’s not touch-enabled. DTEN […]

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