One of the problems with digital video has been the wide variety of codecs making device interoperability a challenge. Even minor differences in software can make a video work on one platform and not on the other – and these problems are not just limited to recorded video, even live video sharing has been problematic, as a wide variety of OSes and protocols exist for live video sharing, and unifying all of these platforms can be a challenge. There may be one interesting solution, primarily for business users, that is coming out soon. FuzeBox, creators of the Fuze Meeting application, have announced that they’re releasing an update to Fuze Meeting that will enable support for HD videoconferencing with their apps, available for Macs, PCs, Android phones and tablets, as well as all iOS devices. This includes the new iPad 2, which will support both its front and rear cameras for video conferencing with the app.
Fuze Meeting’s HD video conferencing will feature 720p resolution for compatible participants, while providing high quality and low latency video via Vidyo Adaptive Video Layering technology, which runs with the H.264 SVC video codec. This service, for paid customers of Fuze Meeting, will support up to 10 users that can video chat in HD simultaneously, across any and all platforms that support Fuze Meeting. While both the Android and iOS apps support the ability to join any Fuze Meeting that even includes video conferencing for free, those wishing to create a meeting will not be able to try out the video conferencing quite yet, although they can still create limited meetings with text and voice chat, as well as media sharing.
The intriguing thing about Fuze Meeting and this update is that it is attempting to unify many OSes – not just computers and iOS, but also Android phones and tablets, and to bring unified video conferencing to these platforms as well. As Jeff Cavins, CEO of FuzeBox puts it, “Physical presence through video conferencing has revolutionized the way we conduct meetings and the efficiency with which we collaborate. This newest iteration of Fuze Meeting allows teams to collaborate as if they were together in person, using any device from any location.” Fuze Meeting’s app with HD video conferencing is available now for free for iPhone/iPod touch, iPad, and is also available for Android devices from the Android Market.