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  3. December 2010: A Movi user survey was conducted with 23 respondents reporting good to excellent audio and video quality with the Movi software client. As expected, more than half of respondents indicated that they use Movi on a Mac computer.

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The new Movi for Mac client and other Movi enhancements deliver business-quality mobile video collaboration to Mac and PC users, and bridge standards-based video collaboration offerings for mixed Mac-PC environments, such as education and health care institutions. Formerly known as Tandberg Movi Version 2.0 Getting Started Jabber is an application that runs on your computer to provide you with desktop video conferencing. The application will run on either a PC or a Mac. TANDBERG MoviTM PC Mac TANDBERG Movi Movi TM SIP/H.323 HD720p30fps PC Mac* * MultiwayTM * ClearPath * ICE.

By Tom Keating, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Editor September 01, 2010

This article originally appeared in the Sept. 2010 issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY

Multi-party HD videoconferencing is often thought of as an expensive proposition that is restricted to special boardrooms with expensive video equipment and large monitor displays. One of the major driving forces behind videoconferencing is its ability to enable collaborative meetings across distances with multiple participants, so having multiple high-tech videoconferencing boardrooms can be cost prohibitive. Further, many employees work from home all or part of the week or travel, which would make attendance at a fixed videoconferencing boardroom impossible.
Tandberg, now part of Cisco (News - Alert), aims to solve this problem by combining mobility and video, hence the name Movi, a new offering that enables high-definition 720p, 30fps video when used in conjunction with Cisco's Tandberg (News - Alert) PrecisionHD USB camera.Tandberg sent me the PrecisionHD USB camera to test along with Movi for the best experience, though any HD USB camera would work as well. Movi is much more than simply a videoconferencing system – it's also a video collaboration tool allowing you to share applications, whiteboard, etc. Movi really gives you a true, full-fledged telepresence experience without the need for huge TV screens and expensive video equipment.

Movi is standards compliant and is interoperable with H.323 and SIP endpoints enabling connectivity with other Movi users, personal desktop video, conference rooms and telepresence systems. When utilizing standards-compliant multipoint control units, Movi allows you to connect simultaneously with multiple users on different devices. To use Movi you need Cisco's Tandberg Management Suite (v12.1 or later) and Cisco's Tandberg Video Communication Server (VCS v.4.1) (MCU) or later. Rather than deploying and setting these up, for my testing purposes, my Movi client was configured to log on to Tandberg's VCS MCU located across the Internet.I launched the Movi application, and it told me I needed Open GL 1.2 video drivers. I won't get into a DirectX vs. OpenGL debate here, except to point out that Open GL has better performance and is cross-platform, unlike DirectX. The downside is that not all graphic card vendors update or include the latest Open GL drivers.Fortunately, my nVidia GeForce 7300 LE card had Open GL 1.2 drivers available.
After installing the driver, I relaunched Movi and then clicked the local video icon to see myself. This wasn't quite full-screen mode, since when I went full-screen and then used my screen capture utility, all I got was a white background. This is due to the way Open GL optimizes the video output by bypassing certain elements of the operating system to improve performance. Thus, I had to keep it in windowed mode and make the window as large as I could to capture the image.I'd like to see a snapshot utility built into Movi for doing screen grabs in windowed or full-screen mode without relying on a third-party app. Similarly, I'd like to see a way of kicking off a recording for future playback.Now the fun part: making a video call. After logging in I made a call to Tandberg's (now Cisco's) Jeannie McPherson. The video quality was superb and supports up to 8mbps throughput.

During the video call, I was using the PrecisionHD camera's built-in microphone along with my desktop speakers, so I wasn't wearing a headset and yet there was no echo or speaker feedback. This is important, since most users prefer the freedom to move around without being tethered to a wired headset. Even if you have a wireless headset connected to your PC, that doesn't help if you have multiple people you want to participate in the video conference, since obviously headset mics are designed to only pick up audio from less than 5 inches away. I was amazed that I was in a HD videoconference using just my PC and a USB-based camera with no fancy echo cancellation microphone pod with DSPs – yet the audio quality was crystal clear. The platform supports several key audio codecs, including some wideband ones. Audio codecs supported include MPEG4 AAC-LD 48 kHz, G.722.1 24kbps, G.722.1 32kbps, G.711 A-law, and G.711 μ-law.For my next test, Jeannie and I participated in a multi-party (three-way) videoconference with another Tandberg employee, Mike Roussey. I was using Movi, while Jeannie was using a Tandberg 1700 and Mike was using Movi from his home office. Once again, the audio and the video quality were superb. In this videoconference session, which I really should call a telepresence session, Mike shared a PowerPoint presentation, which I was able to see in addition to the two video feeds of Jeannie and Mike.

We had about a 45 minute telepresence session, and the video and audio quality were top-notch throughout. Within Movi I could change my view from seeing the presentation and the video participants to justCisco recently announced, also plays a big role in maintaining high quality.Importantly, the new Multiway technology enables Movi users to initiate ad hoc multiparty telepresence calls with other standards-compliant devices. What's cool about this technology is that you can start with a two-party telepresence call using direct peer-to-peer communication with no MCU required and then convert to a multi-party (>=3 people) telepresence session with a MCU. Since MCU resources are limited, this ensures the MCU isn't used for two-party calls, but seamlessly converts to an MCU call on the fly (using VCS) if needed.Depending on the quantity purchased, Movi licenses range from $30 per license to $120. The $30 per license cost includes a pack of 2,000 licenses, the $120 per license option is a 25 pack of licenses.viewing the presentation in a larger mode. The larger mode is useful if I wanted to focus on just the presentation or if it was easier to read. I liked that I could easily toggle between the main screen and the picture-in-picture with a simple double click. Also, the PiP is movable, which came in handy when I wanted to move one of the video windows out of the way of the presentation, but still see the other person.Movi allows you to select and share content and presentations with any standards-compliant video device, so it isn't strictly other Movi clients or the various Tandberg video telepresence solutions. It's worth mentioning that the new version of Movi adds far-end camera control. There is also a DTMF keypad for sending touch tones.You can dial an IP address of a H.323/SIP system simply by pre-pending '@', i.e. @45.234.55.101.
Of course dialing by URI works, i.e. [email protected] The Movi client feature color-coded presence so you know when users are available. Currently, there is no chat built-in, since in many cases you are participating with users on other video telepresence systems that don't have a keyboard or mouse. However, Tandberg told me it is considering addressing this in a future release so at least Movi users can chat.Cisco claims this solution is scalable to thousands of users. To achieve excellent audio and video quality, the company has some tricks up its sleeve. It utilizes adaptive echo cancellation on the Movi client, endpoints, and on its MCU appliance, which explains why the audio quality was so good. Further, it has intelligent bandwidth distribution and dynamic bandwidth adaptation.
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Tandberg has done an excellent job of sticking to industry standards, which isn't exactly the reputation of its owner, Cisco. Fortunately, Tandberg's Movi, when used in conjunction with Tandberg's Video Communications Server, ensures interoperability with other telepresence systems. The Tandberg PrecisionHD camera has a super-fast auto-focus. I could move my hand to an inch away from the camera and see my fingerprints, then move my hand away and the camera would re-focus on my face very quickly, making it a perfect complement to the Movi client. The cross-platform client support (Mac, Windows, Linux) is really key, especially in larger enterprises. I really liked the high-definition multi-party conferencing with full collaboration capabilities all rolled in one.The key factor is as the Movi name itself suggests: It enables mobile video for an increasingly mobile workforce. Tandberg's Movi leverages the power of the PC and the Internet to bring powerful HD video and telepresence capabilities to the mobile workforce. The ability to participate in a HD video telepresence session wherever you go will be a huge selling point for the Movi product. As the founder of TMC (News - Alert) Labs I've tested many products in telecom/datacom over the years, and I can say unequivocally this is one of the finest products I've tested.


Tom Keating is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Technology Marketing Corporation, and Executive Technology Editor/SEO Director for TMCnet.com. To read more of Tom’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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Cisco and Tandberg made their big post-merger entrance at the InfoComm conference in Las Vegas this week, promoting an interoperability protocol that will come on a product in July and introducing some other new products.

The US$3.4 billion combination that closed in April brought together Cisco's fast-growing TelePresence Meeting System business with Tandberg's established lineup of lower end products. It also merged two of the biggest players in video collaboration, presumably carving out a path toward greater interoperability among many of the systems already installed in enterprises.

Cisco is pushing for even broader compatibility across the industry with the Telepresence Interoperability Protocol (TIP), which in July will ship in a product for the first time. Cisco developed TIP before the Tandberg acquisition closed and had already begun licensing it free to other vendors, among them Tandberg. Now it is delivering the protocol on its Tandberg TelePresence Server.

TIP is designed to make multiscreen high-definition videoconferencing platforms work together to the point that they know on which screen to place each incoming video stream. It's the first protocol for doing this among multiple vendors' systems, said Charles Stucki, vice president of Cisco's Telepresence Technology Group. TIP can also make the multiple streams used in such sessions appear as one stream so they can better traverse security mechanisms such as firewalls and session border controllers, without being broken up, he said.

'There's no standard in the industry to describe multiscreen systems: For example, in a three screen system, what's right, left, and center,' Stucki said.

Cisco appears to be serious about making TIP an industrywide standard: In July, the company will make it an open-source project, and by August, it will submit TIP to a standards body. It has not yet chosen the body, but when that entity crafts a standard out of TIP, Cisco will adopt it, Stucki said.

Interoperability is shaping up to be the focus of much activity and possibly conflict in the videoconferencing world. Last month, a group of vendors including Microsoft, Polycom and Hewlett-Packard formed the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF), with the stated goal of making different multimedia collaboration systems work together at a higher level. Cisco was invited to join the UCIF and says it is currently evaluating its involvement with the group.

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'Interoperability is much more of a political battle than it is a technological one,' said IDC analyst Jonathan Edwards. The mismatch between multimedia systems hasn't been intentional but has come about because companies wanted to get innovations out to the market without waiting for standardization, he said.

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'We've got a ways to go,' Edwards said. He believes that the bulk of the industry will achieve interoperability within four or five years.

The TelePresence Technology Group formed from Cisco's and Tandberg's organizations is split between California, the U.K. and Tandberg's home country of Norway. Cisco is still working through the renaming of products from Tandberg, with some holding on to the Tandberg name while others don't, Stucki said.

Also on Tuesday, Cisco introduced a variety of products and enhancements. New software for the MSE 8710 Telepresence Server blade and MSE 8510 Media2 blade, which go into the MSE 8000, offer greater capacity. The 8710 blade, for multiscreen meetings, can handle as many as 48 sessions at a time. The 8510, for single-screen calls, can serve 60 endpoints at a time.

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Cisco announced it has scaled down its switching and management tools for multipoint Telepresence sessions in a product specially designed for small and medium-sized businesses. The new TelePresence Commercial Express product is designed for use with just 10 endpoints and is priced around $99,000, Stucki said.

In addition, Cisco has taken Tandberg's high-definition telepresence client for PCs, called Movi, and extended it to Mac OS X.

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