Citrix’s web conferencing products (GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar and GoToTraining) are to get integrated HD conferencing, the company announced at its Citrix Synergy conference today in Berlin. The HD technology, called HDFaces, allows up to six simultaneous conferencing streams at a resolution of up to 640 x 480 pixels each, for a total maximum resolution of 1920 x 960.
HDFaces will support:
- A video conferencing viewer that’s integrated into the content screen so attendees can collaborate on shared content and see each other at the same time.
- One-click web, audio and video conferencing.
- Video optimization that automatically adjusts to suit the hardware and network each participant is using when video, audio or screen sharing are in use.
- A resizable viewer and layouts, which can be adapted to numerous monitor and projection configurations.
- No specific or proprietary hardware configuration: Any HD-capable video conferencing viewer will be able to support HDFaces.
HDFaces is based on technology originally developed by VidSoft GmbH, a Dresden, Germany-based video conferencing provider, which was recently acquired by Citrix Systems.
A beta version of the product is being previewed today, with commercial availability expected in the first quarter of 2011. The technology will be available at no extra cost to users of GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar and GoToTraining.
Immersive, high quality HD video conferencing has been available for some time for some time via expensive corporate telepresence systems, like those from Cisco. The fact that it’s starting to become more widely available in cheaper teleconferencing tools like GoToMeeting and Skype is great news for those of us who work remotely.
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