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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MXL to Debut New Web Conferencing Mics at ISE 2020

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MXL Microphones will debut new web conferencing microphones and systems at the 2020 ISE show (Stand 11-D150) including the AC-44 USB Web Conferencing Mic and the MXL AC-44 LCR multi-microphone system for use with a Zoom Room Speaker Switch. MXL is also expanding on its AC-360 conferencing line with a new ceiling mount, giving integrators […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 942: Here’s a LIVE Zoom Demo to Prepare You for Zoom’s ISE Launches

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Gary was joined with Zoom’s own David Calvo  live, from Amsterdam to tease some new Zoom features, in addition to showing how easy Zoom Rooms are to use. Zoom is exhibiting at ISE 2020 in Hall 15 Stand B225 — make sure you go by there as their new releases trump what Microsoft Teams and Cisco’s WebEx Rooms have!

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ClearOne Receives Zoom Certification for UNITE Videoconferencing Cameras

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ClearOne has received Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (“Zoom”) certification for its UNITE professional videoconferencing cameras. The Zoom-certified UNITE 50 4K camera is USB plug-and-play ready with a 120-degree field-of-view, digital zoom and the ability to pair with any microphone/speaker combination. The camera’s ultra-wide-angle field-of-view is ideally suited for visual communication and collaboration in huddle spaces […]

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Want to Use Zoom to Broadcast a Meeting via an Entire Digital Signage Network? Enplug Can Do That

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Enplug has added the ability to broadcast Zoom video conferences via Enplug’s digital signage platform. Enplug’s new Zoom App is freely available to Enplug users via the company’s App Market. Enplug’s new Zoom App streamlines the process of broadcasting live events and presentations to multiple screens. From within Enplug’s Zoom App, users create a new […]

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Cisco, Microsoft Teams and Zoom Will Be Totally Interoperable by Mid-2020!

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By Chris Mcintyre-Brown Associate Director, Futuresource Consulting As video conferencing solutions proliferate, remote working continues to rise and the number of inter-company video conferences increases, a lack of system interoperability has become a major pain point for many users. Internally focused video conferences are less problematic, as everyone is familiar with their system of choice. However, once […]

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Soon Zoom and Microsoft Teams Will Be Natively Interoperable

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Zoom and Microsoft have worked together to enhance conference room interoperability and simplify how you connect to third-party meetings. How? The companies are collaborating to provide interoperability between both conference room solutions and streamlined meeting experiences. Available in early 2020, Zoom Rooms will be able to join Microsoft Teams meetings, and Microsoft Teams Rooms will […]

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MXL AC-44 Audio Tracking System for Zoom Rooms Released

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MXL Microphones is coming out with the MXL AC-44 Audio Tracking System, which will integrate with most Zoom-certified cameras. The bundle consists of a three-microphone array utilizing MXL’s new AC-44 miniature USB microphone, which boasts an extra-small footprint, (measuring only 2.5” x 3”), while delivering exceptional sound clarity in a wide pickup arc. The three […]

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Zoom Is the Apple of AV, Cisco Is Microsoft and Poly Is Motorola

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I had this thought back at Zoomtopia 2018, but after Zoomtopia 2019, it’s clear: Zoom is the Apple of the AV industry. Zoom is what? All of the eyes in AV were looking at Zoom yesterday. If you don’t believe me, look at the social stats of tweets and LinkedIn posts about Zoom Video Communications, […]

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DTEN ON 55″ Zoom Rooms for Touch Appliance Announced at Zoomtopia

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Functioning as a Zoom Rooms for Touch Appliance, the DTEN ON 55’’ is a dedicated 4K resolution touch Zoom-based Collaboration Board (think Google Jamboard, but for Zoom) that includes video conferencing, a mic-array, speakers, a camera and interactive whiteboarding as well as annotation. But, instead of buying the board outright, you an lease it or […]

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Poly Studio X Series Video Bar Announced at Zoomtopia 2019

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Yesterday at Zoomtopia, Poly announced two new purpose-built, all-in-one video bars, the Poly Studio X30 and Poly Studio X50. The Poly Studio X Series does not require an external PC or Mac to drive the Zoom Rooms experience and features new Poly MeetingAI capabilities for audio and video experiences built on machine learning and artificial […]

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Zoom and Neat Launch a Meeting Room System

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Yesterday at Zoomtopia 2019, Neat launched a Zoom-certified meeting room system that it says was built from the ground up and developed in close partnership with Zoom. In fact, the company said that Zoom has financially invested and will actually handle technical support for it, too. Based in Oslo, Norway, Neat has offices in the […]

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Crestron Releases Flex for Zoom Rooms at Zoomtopia 2019

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Crestron debuted the Crestron Flex for Zoom Rooms at Zoomtopia 2019, Zoom’s annual user conference (Oct. 15-16 in San Jose, California). The Crestron Flex is a line of unified communications solutions that come with native Zoom Rooms software functionality. “Crestron Flex for Zoom Rooms raises the bar,” said Eric Yu, hardware partnership manager of Zoom. […]

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Zoom Announces Expanded Platform, New Technologies at Zoomtopia 2019

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Zoom Video Communications just announced at Zoomtopia 2019 (its annual user conference) that major additions are coming to its software platforms. All of these, which are outlined below, will be become available on the platform by the end of January 2020. New Zoom Rooms Appliances: These are purpose-built Zoom Rooms hardware devices that Zoom is […]

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Yamaha YVC-1000 USB and Bluetooth Speakerphone Now Zoom Certified

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Yamaha just announced that the Yamaha YVC-1000 USB and Bluetooth speakerphone for Zoom Rooms are now Zoom certified. Designed for medium and large conference spaces and multipurpose meeting rooms, the Yamaha YVC-1000 USB and Bluetooth audio solution features a separate microphone and full-range speaker unit that can be placed close to a display for blended […]

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Zoom Partner Program Expanded, Integrator Certification Added

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Zoom announced they’ve changed its hardware and integrator partner programs and not only added a recertification program but also added tiers to it, too. Established in 2018 to help customers implement hardware and streamline the deployment of Zoom Rooms and other Zoom products, the Zoom partner program provides an ecosystem approach of Zoom solutions. The […]

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Jabra Teams up with Zoom to Offer a Fully Immersive Video Conferencing Experience

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LOWELL, MA, October 15, 2019 –– Jabra, a leader in audio and video communications solutions, today announces that the Jabra PanaCast, engineered to be the world’s first intelligent Panoramic-4K plug-and-play video solution, was selected by Zoom Video Communications, Inc. as the video solution for its new telepresence capability, Zoom Rooms Speaker Switching. The Jabra PanaCast was selected […]

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Almo Pro A/V Intros Zoom Rooms-Certified Bundles

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Almo Professional A/V today announced it has joined forces with video communications leader Zoom to offer fully-kitted Zoom Rooms Hardware Bundles, all of which will be stocked and ready for shipping in the U.S. and Latin America, and designed to transform any area into a modern, easy-to-use power collaboration workspace. Almo has also entered a […]

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It’s Official: QSC Ships Q-SYS NV, Entering the AV-Over-IP 1G Market and Competing Head-On with Crestron

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QSC says the Q-SYS NV Series (NV-32-H) 1G-based AV-over-IP system (AES-128 encryption) is shipping. As a native peripheral to the Q-SYS Ecosystem, NV Series allows integrators to add HDMI video distribution to an existing Q-SYS system without any control programming. The NV Series video endpoint is software-definable as either a video encoder or decoder. The […]

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Cybersecurity Advice (for the AV Industry) from Robert Mueller

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By Paul Konikowski On June 24, 2019, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller III testified before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee about his team’s Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election. Throughout most of the day, Mueller kept his answers brief and referenced the report. Oftentimes, he […]

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Friction, SB-327 and Zoom’s Terrible, Horrible, No-Good Week

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Last week was an eventful one for Zoom. In less than twenty-four hours, we had: The revelation of multiple security vulnerabilities in the popular Zoom conferencing software A [now updated] defensive statement by Zoom, dismissing concerns related to same Public outcry A reversal of course and introduction of an immediate patch for one vulnerability and […]

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Cybersecurity Lessons Learned from Zoom, Logitech and Draper

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By Paul Konikowski, CTS-D Last week was a big week for cybersecurity news pertaining to the audiovisual industry. Vulnerabilities in Zoom’s Mac desktop client were disclosed, hijacking flaws in Logitech’s Unifying USB dongles hit the mainstream and Draper, Inc. announced that its computer systems and communications networks were being held hostage by ransomware. Let’s take […]

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The Themes of InfoComm 2019

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Over the years I’ve been in this industry (this was my 33rd InfoComm — 34th annual show with InfoComm/AVIXA though as my first, back in 1987, the show was called COMTEC — before the name was changed to InfoComm in 1988), the show has evolved from a technology-based show to a product-based show and, more […]

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MXL Offers Zoom Room Bundle of Camera and Mic

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MXL Microphones Unified Communications Division debuted the ACVC-360-Z Zoom Room Bundle at InfoComm. The ACVC-360-Z is composed of the AC-360-Z microphone, the CV610 HD PTZ camera and an assortment of USB cables and mounting accessories for an easy, out of the box installation. Here’s a product video we shot of the AC-360-Z microphone system at […]

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Sennheiser and Zoom Partner

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Sennheiser has teamed up with Zoom Video Communications to provide customers expanded possibilities for virtual collaboration. The benefits of Zoom’s cloud-based enterprise video communications and Sennheiser’s premium HD audio quality for business and seamless call control management will now be combinable for customers. The users of Sennheiser’s and Zoom’s products and services will experience Zoom’s […]

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Audinate Adds Dante-As-Software Products for Manufacturers and Developers

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Supporting the AV industry’s shift from purpose-built hardware to software-based solutions running on standardized hardware, Audinate — developer of the Dante AV networking technology – today announced two new software-based Dante products. Dante Embedded Platform enables manufacturers to add full Dante functionality in software running on Linux for x86 and ARM processors. The Dante Application […]

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