The way Tenveo sees it, setting up a video-conferencing system for your office shouldn't be a choice between a high-end system that costs thousands of dollars and a laptop's built-in camera that everyone crowds around. The latest version of the company's conference-camera product, the $548 TEVO-HD9620, combines a 20X ZOOM and HDMI,HD-SDI output.
Slated for an early March release, TEVO-HD9620 is designed for conferences containing up to 50 m2-80 m2. Add a $265 set of omni-microphones TEVO-A500B to the setup, and you can fit 20 people in on a conference.
Those participating in a video conference will be staring at a 1080p camera with a 70.96-degree field of view and pan-and-tilt controls. On-board H.264 with scalable video coding aims to provide a smoother video stream, according to Tenveo. The camera connects to an existing Mac or PC via USB, which should simplify installation.
Tenveo focuses on the hardware. In terms of software, Tenveo works with video-conferencing tools your office is likely to already be using. Tenveo says its latest conference camera works with Microsoft Lync, Skype, Jabber, WebEx and BlueJeans.
"We're trying to create a simple product that competes with higher-end options," said Eric Tong, Tenveo maneger and general manager for video collaboration.
Tenveo replaces previous conference-camera offering, the lyrically named TEVO-A500B. This version promises audio improvements with 3 omnidirectional microphones instead of just one. The microphones use beamforming and noise-canceling technology for clearer conversations. That expansion microphone option is also new, increasing the range of the speakerphone to 5 meters.
I briefly got a chance to see the TEVO-HD9620 in action. Video looked clean and crisp, even when the camera zoomed in on something in the meeting room. I think offices will be just as impressed with the simple setup process, which is a matter of plugging in the camera and phone rather than going through an elaborate installation routine.
"You don't need an IT department," Eric Tong said of the setup process.