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Vaddio’s EasyUSB Audio Bridge – Professional Audio USB Interface

Vaddio launches EasyUSB Audio Bridge for integrating professional audio equipment into USB-based PC applications – Unified Communications, lecture capture, recording or any other application that requires professional audio. Existing meeting room audio equipment can now be used with any UC soft client – Microsoft Lync, Cisco Jabber, Google+, etc.

EasyUSB Audio Bridge

Equipped with both balanced and unbalanced audio inputs/outputs for maximum flexibility, the Audio Bridge easily integrates with external audio mixers, wireless microphones, amplifiers, powered loudspeakers – any audio I/O devices that require USB integration.

Professional audio equipment connects to the AV Bridge with balanced line level inputs/outputs on a 3-pin Euro Terminal block. Unbalanced audio inputs/outputs are supported with RCA connectors.

“The Audio Bridge converts the analog audio input/output signal into a USB stream detected by the computer as a USB sound input/output device,” explained CEO, Rob Sheeley. “As a result, the PC can control both input gain and output volume from the application (Cisco Jabber, Google+, etc.) and OS control panel. There is also independent USB and analog audio gain control. The gain structures can be configured between the pro audio equipment without being impacted by PC volume controls.”

Additional functionality includes, System Gain Lock for controlling AGC audio gain on the PC to eliminate interference with the external audio mixer’s AGC. Two conferencing mixing modes configurations are available: one is used when connecting to professional audio conferencing mixers with echo cancellation, while the second is used when connecting to audio equipment without internal echo cancellation. This feature improves performance with Microsoft Lync, Cisco Jabber and other soft clients.
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About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer of specialty PTZ cameras and camera control systems used in the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast industries. Your customers demand cutting-edge technology that’s simple to use. You want equipment that’s easy to install and reliable to operate. Vaddio serves integrators and operators alike – with broadcast-quality PTZ cameras and control systems that deliver the performance you need with the convenience you demand. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, www.vaddio.com or at (800) 572.2011.

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Tim Henry to Oversee North American Sales at Vaddio

Vaddio announces the appointment of video technology alum, Tim Henry, to Director of North American Sales. Tim brings over 25 years of experience in video technology, with the past 15 as National Sales Manager for Sony Electronics.

At Sony Electronics Henry created, managed and expanded a team of manufacturer rep firms, direct outside personnel and an inside sales support network. Under Henry’s direction, Sony Electronics leveraged several new OEM business relationships within the videoconferencing, telemedicine and professional AV markets. He is a three-time inductee into the prestigious Sony Samurai Society, as well as a five-time top achiever award winner at Sony.

Prior to joining Sony Electronics, Henry was the Eastern Regional Sales Manager for InterTest, a New Jersey-based rep firm and manufacturer of specialized cameras systems. While at InterTest, Henry achieved a U.S. patent for VIBES system that he co-developed for the inspection of jet aircraft engines.

“From the quality of their people and their products, to the commitment to complete customer satisfaction, I am excited about joining the team at Vaddio,” explains Henry. “As a long time supplier/partner to Vaddio I have watched the tremendous growth of the company and I am honored to be a part of that continued growth.”
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About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer of specialty PTZ cameras and camera control systems used in the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast industries. Your customers demand cutting-edge technology that’s simple to use. You want equipment that’s easy to install and reliable to operate. Vaddio serves integrators and operators alike – with broadcast-quality PTZ cameras and control systems that deliver the performance you need with the convenience you demand. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, www.vaddio.com or at (800) 572.2011.

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Use ANY App on Your Tablet, PC or Mac in a Meeting Room with Vaddio’s GroupSTATION – Now Shipping

addio is now shipping GroupSTATION – a meeting room solution that enables meeting room participants to use their own personal applications on their own devices (tablets, laptops and network computers.)

“Mobile computing has really redefined how and where we work in the enterprise,” explains CEO of Vaddio, Rob Sheeley. “Remember when the only place we could work was at our desk? These desktop computers are now mobile devices we take with us everywhere. The problem as that mobile users want the ability to share their content and collaboration tools from these devices in a meeting room with local and remote participants. GroupSTATION solves this by allowing you to bring your mobile device into the meeting room. Now any app you use on your mobile device can be presented or shared as a group.”

Employees can share PowerPoint or Keynote presentations, engage in high definition videoconferencing using Skype, Microsoft Lync, WebEx or any other UC application. GroupSTATION allows any application to be shared or collaborated in the meeting room. Users can also use the standalone SIP based speakerphone for audio conferencing calls.

GroupSTATION includes the necessary peripherals to create a high-quality multi-use room and group collaboration experience: an HD PTZ camera, loudspeakers, microphones and a control dock. Users simply connect personal devices to the GroupSTATION via a USB, VGA or HDMI connection and begin using their favorite collaboration tools.

“It’s that simple,” says Rob Sheeley, CEO of Vaddio. “Whatever device people want to use, whatever operating system they have, whatever way they want to collaborate, and whatever application they want to use – they can.”

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About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer of specialty PTZ cameras and camera control systems used in the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast industries. Your customers demand cutting-edge technology that’s simple to use. You want equipment that’s easy to install and reliable to operate. Vaddio serves integrators and operators alike – with broadcast-quality PTZ cameras and control systems that deliver the performance you need with the convenience you demand. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, www.vaddio.com or at (800) 572.2011.

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Vaddio Helps Citizens in Faroe Islands Participate in Local Government

In the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, roughly halfway between Norway and Iceland, lies the Faroe Islands. Comprised of about 18 rugged, rocky islands the Faroes occupy only about 540 square miles of land mass, with a total population hovering around 50,000 people. But if idylls of a simple people removed from modern technology spring to mind, you can banish that thought. In fact, one small community in the Faroe Islands recently deployed a high-tech solution using Vaddio products to get its citizens more involved in local governance.

The municipality of Sunda (known locally as Sunda kommuna) stretches across two of the larger Faroe Islands and includes about a dozen small communities. When it came to municipal matters, the city council of Sunda faced a challenge: Getting citizens scattered across a wide area to attend the meetings. To solve this problem, the council decided to take their meetings to the public by live-streaming the events on the web.

“In the past, city council meeting minutes were published after-the-fact,” said integrator Alvin Ellebye Andersen of Raclip, who worked with Sunda to create its live-streaming system. “The new method allows residents to follow along with the meeting as it happens. Although they can’t interact, they have real-time access to decision-making and community business.”

VADDIO COMPONENTS MAKE STREAMING EASY
Because Raclip is, itself, located in the Faroe Islands, Andersen had a keen understanding of the obstacles Sunda kommuna needed to overcome. The live-streaming system had to be easy to use and not require a dedicated operator. It also had to be cost-effective. After evaluating other systems, Andersen knew an all-Vaddio system would deliver a great solution.

“The Vaddio components we installed really are the best thing for this type of situation,” Andersen said. “You just turn it on, and it works. Simple.”

The Sunda kommuna system consists of a single Vaddio HD-19 camera, two microphones, a Vaddio AutoPresenter, and Vaddio AV bridge. As a city council meeting gets underway, the mayor simply turns on the equipment and the event is live-streamed instantly. It quite literally is that simple.

“Other systems we looked at required a person to sit at the controller and operate the equipment,” Andersen said. “That wouldn’t have worked for this application, not to mention some of those systems were much more expensive than the Vaddio set-up.”

BEAUTIFUL PRESENTATIONS ON A BUDGET
Any type of live-streaming setup with a high-definition pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) camera isn’t going to be cheap. But Andersen was able to keep costs contained for Sunda by sourcing all the components from the same manufacturer. Plus, the seamless integration of the Vaddio products drives the system’s ease of use.

The Vaddio AutoPresenter interfaces with the HD-19 PTZ camera mounted in the city council’s meeting room. Originally designed for classroom use, the AutoPresenter is the perfect solution for live-streaming any type of similar meeting, as in Sunda kommuna’s case. While the Sunda city council currently uses only the camera for broadcasting their events, in the future they could easily incorporate the presentation of other materials, such as PowerPoint slideshow, which is what the Vaddio AutoPresenter was designed to do. By harnessing this capability, the Sunda council could, for example, display a proposed budget using a picture-in-picture format while the city treasurer explained to viewers what each line item meant.

EASY STREAMING WITH THE SOFTWARE OF YOUR CHOICE
Another key component in the Sunda kommuna live-streaming setup is the Vaddio AV Bridge. This little box offers supreme flexibility in the choice of streaming platform. The AV Bridge functions as a digital gateway that connects the audio and video sources to the streaming software, be it Skype, Cisco Jabber, Microsoft Lync — or any application that supports USB 2.0 devices.

“We just input the camera and microphone sources to the AV Bridge, and the city council can live-stream on any platform they desire,” Andersen said. “Again, we wanted to make this as easy as possible for them.”

Importantly, the AV Bridge also records the meeting for archival purposes. Instead of relying on a set of written minutes that could be incomplete or even contain innocently introduced errors, the Sunda kommuna city council can review the video archives of meetings to discern precisely what was said, done or decided.

A WELL-RECEIVED SOLUTION
What do Sunda’s citizens think about their community going high-tech?

“So far, they’re pretty happy with it,” Andersen said of the system, which was installed in March 2013. “Other Faroe Islands cities are watching how things go in Sunda and are checking out how this could work for them.”

Although the meeting archives currently aren’t publicly available, the ability of a citizen to “sit in” on a live event occurring on another island offers great convenience to those who want to stay current with what the city council is doing. Ultimately, the system should stimulate more public input and involvement with local government, and that’s a big win for Sunda.

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Vaddio Extends Live Technical Support Hours to Better Serve Customers

Vaddio has extended its availability for live technical support from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. (CST) beginning October 1st, 2013. It’s not always possible to get in touch with a live person for technical support during an early morning video call or late night live event.

“Good support, provided directly from the manufacturer, is critical to keeping systems running successfully,” explained Vaddio CEO and President, Rob Sheeley. “Vaddio stands by providing the right information, tools and solutions to get questions addressed quickly and efficiently. Plus, customers get a single point-of-contact to help diagnose and troubleshoot concerns.”

The Vaddio technical support team is comprised of veteran AV professionals and engineers who have extensive experience with not only Vaddio products, but also Vaddio integrated AV solutions – regardless of the vendor. The Vaddio support team can be reached directly at (763) 971-4428. Additional install guides, technical support documents and support tools are available through Vaddio’s Technical Support Center at support.vaddio.com.

Vaddio’s innovative products and partner-focused practices provide opportunity for integrators and resellers to win business and increase profitability. With industry-leading warranties, one-year advance replacement, and expert technical support, customers have the entire Vaddio team standing behind every project.

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About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the premier global manufacturer of PTZ cameras, specialty camera control systems and professional USB peripherals for the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast marketplaces. In applications ranging from distance learning to corporate conferencing and television production, Vaddio products bring class-leading capabilities, convenience and flexibility to you and your customers alike—elevating the science of communication with the Art of Easy. To learn more or to become a dealer, contact Vaddio at www.vaddio.com or by phone at 1 (800) 572-2011.

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Vantastic Studios and Vaddio Create a New Filmmaking Paradigm in Hollywood

It may be the 21st century, but filmmaking still happens pretty much the way it did 50 years ago: The director shoots scenes on a set or on location, takes the raw footage back to a production studio and edits everything into a finished movie at some later date. It’s a time-consuming—if time-honored—method for making movies, television shows and even digital content found on the web.

Vantastic Studios, established in 2012, aims to change that. While they’re not making movies (yet), they are standing the filmmaking process on its head by creating a complete editing studio inside a customized luxury van. This approach enables them to create original content on the fly, without stopping the action to set up the next scene.

Ross Kolton, Vantastic’s Director of Production, calls this new type of filmmaking “disruptive media”—a riff on the term “disruptive innovation”—because this new model breaks existing boundaries and creates a new market space. Disruptive media enables performers to engage with people in unexpected ways, creating a type of performance art. For example, Vantastic Studios has produced several segments in which they capture the reactions and commentary of comedians riding around Los Angeles on people-watching expeditions. In some cases, the comedians jump out of the van to talk with passersby, frequently to hilarious effect. While this type of spontaneous production is a mainstay for Vantastic, they’re about to branch out into more sophisticated uses of the mobile film production studio.

“We’ve been experimenting with what this new approach is best suited for,” Kolton says. “Our method is the exact opposite of typical production techniques because we don’t design the concept and then figure out how to film it. Instead, we’re designing our content around the look you can get from the van’s cameras.”

FILMMAKING ON FOUR WHEELS
In traditional filmmaking, the director sets up scenes or shots and then positions the cameras to capture the best angles. Usually, each scene requires multiple takes, with breaks in between to reposition the cameras. The challenge with this approach is that it limits spontaneity, a core element for many performers, like comedians, or for action-oriented scenes. Vantastic Studios solves this problem by continuously filming the action while switching camera angles, adjusting sound levels, and editing footage directly from the studio contained in the van.

And what a van it is. The luxury GMC Savana van seats six people, enabling Vantastic to transport their talent—actors, musicians, comedians, models—to a location for filming. As a fully-equipped mobile production studio, the back of the van contains all the tech components Kolton needs to run the show. Starring in this technology lineup is a Vaddio ProductionVIEW Precision Camera Controller.

“The whole idea was to create a mobile studio that can be operated by one person, and the Vaddio controller makes that possible,” said Kolton. “The way the controller’s set up just makes sense. I can simply twist to zoom. I can pre-set up to 14 angles per camera with the controller, and after that I’m just hitting buttons to edit as we roll.”

That “hitting buttons” part is crucial to successful on-the-fly editing. As the action unfolds, Kolton can see each camera’s view on three large monitors in front of him. To quickly cut from one camera to another, he simply pushes the corresponding button on the Vaddio controller. Kolton can pan, tilt or zoom any of the van’s cameras using the controller’s broadcast-quality joystick to capture precisely the shot he wants.

Besides its ease of use, Kolton appreciates the controller’s ability to integrate with non-Vaddio equipment. “It was easy to update the Vaddio firmware to work with our Sony cameras,” he said. In addition to the Vaddio ProductionVIEW controller, the van’s audiovisual equipment includes four external Sony high-definition pan/tilt/zoom cameras mounted on each corner of the van’s roof, along with another camera attached to a telescoping mast for wide-angle shots. Quick-release mounts on the exterior cameras allow them to be set up for location shots within five minutes. Inside the van, brackets along the ceiling hold lights and microphones for interior shots.

SEAMLESS SHOTS SHIFT THE FILMMAKING PARADIGM
Vantastic’s mobile studio solves the problematic go-and-stop nature of traditional filmmaking. Under the old paradigm, comedians might be filmed riffing inside the van, then the director would yell “Cut!” and everyone would wait for several minutes while camera operators set up outside to continue filming. Later, when the sequence was edited together, it would look seamless to the viewer. But it wouldn’t have felt that way to the performer who lost his or her rhythm while waiting 15 minutes or more for filming to resume.

“This ability to continuously film is especially important for comedians, who can be captured improvising inside the van on the way to a show, chatting with fans waiting outside the venue and then entering the building to perform their act,” said Kolton. “They don’t have to stop and wait for exterior shots to be set up, which can affect their comedic timing.”

The Vantastic Studios approach allows performers to go on performing without interruption. As the action shifts from the van’s interior to the street, Kolton simply uses the Vaddio controller to switch shots from the handheld camera to one of the exterior cameras. With no cuts in the action, the performer can keep rolling—and so do the cameras.

“We often position a handheld camera operator in the passenger seat to film the talent inside the van, and then we use the external cameras to seamlessly follow the talent as they exit the van,” said Kolton. As they follow the performer, Kolton’s team captures footage that imparts a sense of immediacy yet boasts the polish of a broadcast quality production.

“We produced a segment where we took Cheryl Burke of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and E! Entertainment host [Jason] Kennedy on a tour of Cheryl’s early hangouts in Hollywood,” Kolton said. More recently, Vantastic Studios produced an episode of “Punch Drunk Sports,” featuring comedians Ari Shaffir, Sam Tripoli and Jayson Thibault.
As Vantastic explores where their new approach to video and filmmaking will go, they can see possibilities in several areas where traditional videography doesn’t work well. Skateboard videos and other action sports would greatly benefit from Vantastic’s continuous filming approach. Live concerts, including footage of the band arriving and leaving, are another possibility.

“Eventually, we’ll do live streaming from the van,” Kolton said, which will take the seamless production method to new levels.

Vantastic’s original content can be seen in many places, from network television to the web. You’ll currently find Vantastic Studios productions on their YouTube channel (Vantastic Studios Network) and, soon, on their website. Meanwhile, Kolton and his crew will continue their endeavor to replace the old-fashioned “cutting room” with a custom van, using a little help from a Vaddio ProductionVIEW controller.

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Vaddio Cameras Enrich Learning Experience for Health Science Students at Elon University

Widely acclaimed for its engaged learning model, the venerable Elon University in North Carolina stayed true to its mission in 2012 when it renovated a newly acquired building to house its expanded School of Health Sciences. A state-of-the-art audiovisual system takes faculty/student interaction to new heights for students enrolled in Elon’s Physician Assistant and Doctor of Physical Therapy programs.

When Elon acquired the former Smithfield Foods building adjacent to the main campus, the stately brick facility required substantial renovation to serve its intended academic purpose. As part of the massive project, university trustees approved the installation of an integrated audiovisual system to create a more collaborative environment for teachers and students.

“They’ve really done a great job with this,” said integrator Brian Cox of Audio & Light, which worked with Elon University’s campus technology department to create an affordable, high-quality installation. “Each skills laboratory room contains at least a pair of Vaddio HD-19 pan/tilt/zoom cameras, a ceiling-mounted projector and multiple LCD screens, all operated by a Crestron systems controller.”

The extensive system installed at Elon University’s School of Health Sciences revolves around Vaddio cameras. Cox says choosing Vaddio was easy for several reasons.

“We wanted to use a high-definition camera, and it had to be a pan/tilt/zoom model,” he said. “Vaddio is known for its reliability, and it’s made in the USA so Vaddio also can service the equipment if necessary. Elon’s system was designed to meet their unique requirements and their budget. Vaddio proved to be the best value, overall.”

STUDENTS USE VIDEO TO CRITIQUE THEIR OWN PERFORMANCE
The 30 Vaddio cameras used in the Elon’s School of Health Sciences foster peer and faculty engagement. From the anatomy lab to the physical therapy skills lab, high-definition cameras record every classroom interaction and allow students to watch their own and others’ work from a detached point of view. This new perspective makes it easier to identify what they’re doing wrong and, perhaps more importantly, what they’re doing right so they don’t squander precious time practicing skills they’ve already mastered. Instead, students can focus on areas of improvement.

For example, when a physician assistant student is learning how to listen to heart and lung sounds, precise stethoscope placement on the patient’s chest and back is crucial. Each time a student performs a physical examination on a patient, a Vaddio camera installed in the room records the interaction, downloads it to a PC and archives it for later viewing. This helps students see whether or not they’re positioning the stethoscope correctly and enables them to watch their proficiency increase over the course of the program.

“As I understand it, these videos actually become part of the student’s academic record,” Cox said. “Faculty members can review the videos with the student to point out where they may need to improve and where they’re doing things right.”

But recording archival footage isn’t the only use for the in-lab cameras. They also capture real-time teaching moments for sharing with the group. In the anatomy lab, instructors can use the cameras to zoom in on a student’s dissection work and send the video out to all 18 wall-mounted monitors for other students to see. If a student has correctly differentiated between an artery and a vein in the donor patient’s arm, for example, the other students can simply view this image on a monitor instead of walking over to see it in person. Better yet, students can compare the video on the monitor to the actual anatomy in front of them in order to improve their own ability to identify these structures. In this way, technology helps students learn from each other.

TECHNOLOGY ELEVATES THE TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Of course, peer-to-peer learning doesn’t constitute the full extent of the robust education Elon provides its health sciences students. As with any higher education program, students in the physician assistant and physical therapist programs rely heavily on instruction from faculty members. The audiovisual system, and the Vaddio cameras in particular, elevate the educational experience while making it highly engaging.

The problem of students at the back of the classroom being unable to see the material being presented up front has been around almost since schools were invented. Elon’s sophisticated audiovisual system overcomes this problem by enabling faculty members to use a PC to project instructional material not only to a screen at the front but to the many wall-mounted monitors in each lab. Since each learner has easy access to a large screen nearby, the information is easily viewed and noted.

Cameras allow instructors to broadcast their own demonstration of, say, how to properly manipulate the knee joint during a rehabilitation session. Physical therapy students working concurrently with their own patients can watch the monitors to see how the teacher performs the skill and then immediately begin practicing it. The instructor can pan, tilt or zoom the Vaddio camera to capture the skill demonstration from many angles to give students keener perspective. The cameras also can be used to capture a student’s effort for later review or for instant broadcast to the rest of the class for teaching purposes. This system fosters instructional engagement between student peers and teachers for a collaborative learning experience. It’s also a very efficient teaching method. Having viewed the instructor’s demonstration of a skill, students can maximize practice time as the teacher then moves around the room to provide individualized instruction.

ENRICHED LEARNING THROUGH TECHNOLOGY EQUALS STUDENT WIN
It’s hard to underestimate the value to a student of being able to watch his or her own performance from an outside viewpoint. The ability to visually critique one’s own movements or actions can lead to the “ah-ha” moment that quickly propels learning forward. If a physical therapy student has struggled to perform a certain limb rotation, for example, viewing a tape of the patient encounter might show the problem is as simple as the student’s body positioning in relation to the patient. It’s much easier for students to grasp the nature of the problem when they can see it with their own eyes, instead of relying on a description from an observer.

Because Vaddio’s HD-19 PTZ cameras can capture and record multiple angles in Elon’s many health sciences labs, students and faculty benefit from a rich, high-quality learning environment. True to Elon University’s mission to be a leader in engaged learning, this high-tech approach to teaching future physician assistants and physical therapists promotes a high level of peer and faculty interaction.

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Vaddio ClearVIEW HD-USB Camera Gets Certified for VidyoRoom Group Conferencing Solutions

Vaddio, the global leader in robotic PTZ cameras and camera control systems, announces the joint certification of the ClearVIEW HD-USB PTZ camera for VidyoRoom group conferencing solutions.

“We are committed to assuring that all of Vaddio’s professional audio and video USB products are compatible with all of the premiere market-leading UC vendors like Vidyo,” explained Vaddio CEO, Rob Sheeley. “We will be announcing additional certifications in the near future.”

“Vidyo has certified the Vaddio ClearVIEW HD-USB camera with the 2.2.2 version of its VidyoRoom portfolio of group video conferencing solutions,” explained Sr. Director of Product Marketing for Vidyo, Mark Noble. “In addition to delivering up to high definition 1080p video, the Vaddio ClearVIEW HD-USB supports Vidyo’s control solutions, including far-end participant control of the pan, tilt and zoom capabilities of the camera from VidyoMobile, VidyoDesktop, and other room-based devices. This capability is critical for applications like tele-medicine, research and manufacturing where remote specialists need to have control of the in-room ‘eyes’ for efficient diagnosis and analysis.”

For more information on the ClearVIEW HD-USB Camera and VidyoRoom compatibility please visit the Vaddio website at www.vaddio.com.

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Vaddio Wins Most Innovative Collaborative Solution and Best Pan/Tilt/Zoom Camera at InfoComm 2013

Vaddio was awarded Most Innovative Collaborative Solution and Best Pan/Tilt/Zoom Camera by Systems Contractor News and Commercial Integrator publications at InfoComm 2013.

“Vaddio is always trying to develop new, innovative technologies to not only simplify, but improve our customer’s installations – whether in Unified Communications, House of Worship, government or higher education applications,” explained Vaddio President, Rob Sheeley. “We are extremely honored that two of the most prestigious magazines have recognized our passion and dedication to the AV industry.”

Vaddio’s high definition PowerVIEW HD-22 won BEST Pan/Tilt/Zoom Camera from Commercial Integrator magazine. Chosen by a panel of integrators and editors of Commercial Integrator to join an exclusive group of products deemed most noteworthy, the Commercial Integrator BEST Awards recognize superior products and services that help Commercial Integrator readers run their businesses better and be more profitable. 

Vaddio’s AV Bridge was awarded Most Innovative Collaborative Solution by Systems Contractor News. Products for the SCN awards were judged by a Blue-Ribbon panel of industry experts.

Other noteworthy Vaddio products debuting at InfoComm 2013 were the GroupSTATION and HuddleSTATION meeting room solutions, the PowerVIEW HD-30 PTZ camera with a 30x optical zoom lens and the TRIO line of professional audio products. Also launched were the new ZoomSHOT and WideSHOT point-of-view cameras.

For more information on any of Vaddio’s award-winning products or the complete line of cameras and camera control systems please contact Kelly Perkins at (763) 971-4409 or by email at kperkins@vaddio.com.
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About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer of specialty PTZ cameras and camera control systems used in the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast industries. Your customers demand cutting-edge technology that’s simple to use. You want equipment that’s easy to install and reliable to operate. Vaddio serves integrators and operators alike – with broadcast-quality PTZ cameras and control systems that deliver the performance you need with the convenience you demand. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, www.vaddio.com or at (800) 572.2011.

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Transform Any Vaddio High Definition PTZ Camera into a USB or IP Camera

Vaddio, the global leader in robotic PTZ cameras and camera control systems, introduces a new Quick-Connect technology that allows any Vaddio camera that supports a Quick-Connect Short-Range (SR) to output USB or Ethernet. Based on Vaddio’s Quick-Connect technology, that allows cameras to be extended up to 150 feet over Cat. 5 cabling, now USB cameras can be deployed in system designs where distance was an issue.

“Last year when we launched our USB PTZ cameras we were amazed at the amount of our integrators that wanted to integrate USB cameras into their projects” said, Rob Sheeley President of Vaddio. “And they also wanted to be able to choose between any of the Vaddio PTZ cameras depending upon their project requirement. That way they could have plenty of options when deciding what camera would work best for that room.”

Vaddio’s Quick-Connect USB is based on UVC (Universal Video Class Device) USB 2.0 standards that require no third-party drivers. An Ethernet network port is included for IP streaming supporting RTSP or HLS. Cameras are controlled through an Embedded Web Server that provides browser-based robotic camera control, and CCU image and color control. Additional outputs include HDMI and HD Analog component. An R-J45 provides an RS-232 interface for third-party control systems. An integrated LCD blue backlit display shows both the IP and the MAC addresses.

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About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer of specialty PTZ cameras and camera control systems used in the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast industries. Your customers demand cutting-edge technology that’s simple to use. You want equipment that’s easy to install and reliable to operate. Vaddio serves integrators and operators alike – with broadcast-quality PTZ cameras and control systems that deliver the performance you need with the convenience you demand. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, www.vaddio.com or at (800) 572.2011.

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