Which Marshall Cameras To Use For
High-Def Web Conferencing
For any corporation, communication is key, and as technology improves at a lightning pace, the demand for high-quality video conferencing has grown right along with it. Accelerating into this new frontier of web conferencing, Marshall Electronics has unveiled a new line of cameras catered specifically to this market. These new cameras bring HD video capability directly to the board room while making it simple and easy to connect with today’s most popular web conferencing platforms like Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, BlueJeans, GoToMeeting, and more.
The CV610-U2 is a teleconferencing pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera, with full-HD video capability and a USB 2.0 video output. The beauty of this camera is that it can be mounted at the front or back of a conference or meeting room, and be controlled to zoom in on specific speakers or presentation boards. The clarity of the image is consistent, giving 10x optical zoom and shooting up to 1080p video at 30 fps for smooth movement viewing. It can also be programmed with up to 128 presets for different lighting situations and for zooming to specific locations throughout a meeting room.
The CV610 also has a quieting function in the motor to limit noise getting picked up by nearby mics, and the zoom can focus in on a speaker’s head and shoulders from as far away as 75 feet, while still providing a 62.5° angle of view when fully zoomed out.
Another camera that’s quickly gaining favor among corporate pro A/V installers is the Marshall CV505-MB/M miniature full-HD camera. This 2.5-in. camera can deliver up to 1080p resolution while being small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. For corporate web conferencing, it can be affixed to corners of the room to capture overall room footage discretely, but it can also be really dynamic as a closeup cam for specific individuals or certain speaking locations.
High-impact web conferencing installers have used the CV505-MB/M as a table-top closeup camera that can be used for filming minute details of objects being discussed, (even being handheld for extreme closeup views), or as a tasteful podium-mounted camera for shots of speakers. The camera offers sharp, vivid color images with simultaneous HDMI and 3G-SDI output and remote camera control capability through RS485. The interchangeable lenses can be swapped out to provide a range of angles of view, from fisheye to micro-lenses for extreme closeup footage.
Another great camera for web conferencing is the CV610-U3. This camera offers full PTZ movement with 350° horizontal pan, 120° vertical tilt, and up to 62.18mm zoom. The CV610-U3 is one of the first in the Marshall line to offer USB 3.0 output, making it capable of streaming Full-HD video (1920x1080p) at 60 fps. It has a solid base with an overall rugged design, and can be mounted on shelves, ceilings, tabletops, or wherever is best suited for the room.
The camera has an RS232 control port, so it can be linked up with a controller joystick, enabling the team to focus in on speakers and objects with quickness and ease during the web conference. As more computers become USB 3.0 capable, look to see the CV610-U3 become a common standard found in high-end video conferencing rooms.
These are only just a few of the cameras currently making waves in the Pro A/V and unified communication and collaboration (UCC) market. For more information on cameras and microphones catering specifically to these markets, visit www.marshall-usa.com/proav.