BERLIN: Citrix is promising to match the video quality of dedicated video conferencing products in an update to its GoToMeeting web service, without the need for special cameras, networks or software.
Dubbed HDfaces, the feature is coming in a beta programme at the end of October, and is slated for public availability in the first quarter of 2011, according to the firm’s Citrix Online division.
Demonstrated at Citrix Synergy in Berlin, HDfaces will support up to six simultaneous on-screen high-definition video feeds at resolutions up to 1920 x 960 pixels, or a one-to-one session in full 720p video, according to Citrix Online’s chief technology officer Bernd Christiansen.
“It’s all done in software, you do not need special hardware. It uses standard web camera devices and works over the public internet,” he said.
In the demonstration, Christiansen chatted live over the internet with two colleagues working from Citrix Online’s headquarters in Santa Barbara, California. The video quality throughout was exceptional, and looked as good as if the images were coming from a webcam connected directly to the demonstration system in the conference hall.
Christiansen did not detail the technology behind HDfaces, but said that it uses 20 per cent less bandwidth than standard video conferencing connections.
“Web conferencing today is not quite right – the video is not good. Users want the quality of HD and the convenience of web conferencing in a single product,” he added.
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