Video streaming setup

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hi douglas,

we at CSCS (carl simon, scott page, ...) are in the market for some videoconferencing equipment, for here and for SFI, so we can start videostreaming seminars between those sites, and others of course.

i know you folks have been doing a lot of this of late, so I thought i'd ask you for some advice:

what hardware do you have for both broadcast and display? does it work well? is there something you'd get instead? do you need extra fast network "pipes" to make it work well?

any advice you could give us would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, - rick

Rick - I will put you in touch with our video staff. Doug 14:53, 28 January 2008 (PST)

I oversee the videoconferencing here at UCSD and would be happy to assist you in purchasing equipment. A lot of the specific equipment depends on if you are doing distance learning vs general videoconferencing but in terms of brands we use Polycom. (

If you are putting a small room together (less than 10 persons) you may also want to look at Life Size HD Videoconferencing ( if you want next generation (HD) equipment that is affordable. I would recommend you give me a call so we can talk. I am here normally from 7am to 3:30 and would be happy to discuss your specific needs.

Howard Laurence

Media Services /Videoconference Facilities Manager


Thanks for the contact -r

OK, I would be happy to spend time to explain the options to look for and where to look. Let me know when I can be of help. - Howard

Original Message-----

From: [1] On Behalf Of Rick Riolo Sent: Monday, January 28, 2008 2:33 PM To: Laurence, Howard Cc: Subject: Re: FW: videoconference streaming to/from cscs/sfi (fwd)

hi howard,

thanks for getting back to me so quickly. let me take a look at some of what you pointed us toward, and also talk to folks more to see what they really want us to be getting.

one issure for us is that we really don't know what how "functional" options (distance learning vs broadcast a seminar, how many people, etc) interact with what is "affordable" these days, ie, in some sense we don't really know what we (should) want!

in any case, i'll be in contact after we get a bit more "educated" so we can have a more informed conversation!

thanks, - r (Rick 15:18, 28 January 2008 (PST))