Once the exclusive domain of boardroom users through top-end corporate communication systems, high-definition (HD) video calling is now available to the average Net-enabled consumer, owing to the latest offering from faceVsion Technology.
Taiwan-based faceVsion, one of the world leaders in HD videoconferencing and related technologies for consumers and small, medium-sized and macroenterprises, has developed the N1 as the first Skype-certified camera with embedded hardware video encoding.
Its revolutionary FV TouchCam N1 VideoCam, optimised for no-cost Skype video calling, is being introduced onto the South African market by Imago Communications South Africa, the sole authorised distributor of faceVsion products across Africa.
FV TouchCam N1’s HD visuals and audio quality will redefine the market for Skype-based communication, says Imago MD Clint Cronjé.
“This is the first commercially available VideoCam with an embeded H.264 hardware codec chip that processes the encoding on the camera itself, thus reducing the overall workload of the PC or laptop,” explains Cronjé.
He adds that the 720-p picture quality clearly takes skyping to a new level as audio is simultaneously delivered through dual-beam- forming technology microphones that cancel extra noise.
“By the end of last year, there were 560-million registered Skype users worldwide and numbers are growing locally.
“South African families with loved ones overseas will be particularly interested in the breakthrough.
“At the same time, small businesses and professional partnerships can use these capabilities as an affordable accessory option in a multipoint application.”
The autofocus wide-angle 78° lens can cover a group of three or four, while the unidirectional microphones enable users to converse in a normal speaking voice from up to 3 m away.
Setting up is easy, as an embedded H.264 encoder chip obviates the need to download external software. (Instant encoding also means the N1 does not take up storage space on the hard drive.)