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VoIP + IP Videoconferencing + Recording = Civilian Journalism via Video Blogs

Civilian-centric journalism is now on the rise via blogs and now video blogs. The need for a mixed IP video recording tool would certainly be handy for those interested in remotely interviewing 1 or more participants where the video could be uploaded to their blog.

Here is an IP videoconference clip of Bruce Gray in Xten’s Business Development department and myself. Recorded using a new build of eyeBeam soon to be available from Xten.

Click on the image to start the video.

The new mixed video recording feature uses Voice Activity Detection or VAD to switch the focus between participants. This method allows us to use less space [1 screen instead of many for multiple participant calls] The quality is pretty good but the voice and video in the original recording, before being converted to MP4, is much better. When the production version of this software hits the street it will certainly be much closer to production quality.

The interesting thing here is the combination of real-time communications and Video Blogging. Users could be on a VoIP call or conference call using eyeBeam & Vonage, Yak etc. 1 minute and the next be in a video interview. Both can blogged but I believe video is much more compelling. It’s much closer to what us humans have become accustomed to -> TV.

While we are polishing up this feature for a future release of eyeBeam I will be posting some video interviews with some key people in VoIP, Video Blogging, IM and some key individuals involved in IETF standards regarding the same.

These next 6 months are going be fun 🙂


Xten VoIP and Video Softphone Bundled with Telio Service in Norway

– Telio AS has recently licensed Xten softphone technology for bundling with the Telio VoIP and Video Service currently being offered in Norway, The Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden

SANTA CLARA, CA, April 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – Xten Networks, Inc. (OTCBB: XNWK – News), a provider of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), Video over IP, Instant Messaging (IM), and Presence SIP softphones, today announced that Telio AS has licensed Xten’s eyeBeam Software Development Kit (SDK) which Telio will use to build their own VoIP and Video softphone for use within their market-leading and fastest-growing access-independent Broadband Telephony network in Europe.

Cisco buys Sipura for Linksys Division

Cisco Systems is purchasing a consumer Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) technology provider for its Linksys division, the company said today.

“The acquisition of Sipura will augment Linksys’ leading position in the rapidly growing VoIP market and is an example of Linksys’ strategy to increase internal R&D capabilities in specific product categories,” Charles Giancarlo, Cisco CTO and Cisco-Linksys president, said in a statement. “Adding Sipura’s technology reinforces our commitment to developing products in the consumer voice space.”



Mexico Giving Thumbs Down for VoIP

Looks like Telmex is making is very difficult for anyone to roll out VoIP service over their data network.

Broadband customers of Mexico’s dominant telephone operator say the quality of their voice over Internet Protocol calls has tanked, with some alleging that Telmex is engaging in unfair business practices to block VoIP competition.


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