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Life-like Video Becomes More Like Real-life Video

We’ve come a long way since the days of analog and, at Cisco, we’ve delighted in the journey to high definition (HD). It’s our goal, after all, to bring high-quality, true-to-life video to individuals and organizations around the world.

Video is transformative, but bad video quality is disruptive, so we are pleased to announce that Cisco is enabling the industry’s broadest application of 1080p60 video and 1080p30 content sharing – the highest video resolution available today. This is the result of Cisco’s latest telepresence endpoint software updates:  TC 6.0 for our codecs and group systems and TX 6.0 for our immersive product line.

Cisco TelePresence products that will be 1080p60-capable include the TX9000 and TX1300 immersive series; the C-Series codec portfolio (C40, C60, C90); the Profile Series integrated systems; and the newly announced VX Tactical ruggedized mobile telepresence endpoint for harsh field environments. These products join the SX20 Quick Set, Cisco’s best-selling codec technology, to offer 1080p60 video and 1080p30 content sharing.

The TC 6.0 updates also provide a number of other enhancements to the C-Series codecs and group system endpoints (Profile, MX200/300, SX20 Quick Set):

  • Medianet-enablement with media tracing and metadata tagging:  brings more intelligence to the network for better performance; Medianet intelligence will assist customers to provide the best video experience possible for their users. Medianet is also enabled through the TX 6.0 (immersive products) and TE 6.0 (EX60/90 desktop endpoints) updates.
  • Encryption on Cisco Unified Call Manager (CUCM) and Cisco TelePresence Multipoint Switch (CTMS):  Encryption is enabled for all point-to-point calls with CUCM-registered endpoints. CTMS encryption enables endpoints to participate in CTMS multipoint call securely. In addition, with CUCM 9.0, we are adding URI support for improved usability with name-based dialing vs. number-based dialing.
  • Access to custom layouts on Touch 8 through TC Console:  a visual editor that lets you customize different parts of the Cisco Telepresence System Codec C90, C60 and C40 by use of simple drag and drop technique. The latest TC 6.0 updates allow administrators to design custom layouts and make it available on the Touch interface from which users can select.
  • Enhancements to the Touch 8 touch panel interface:  improved number dialing, enhanced graphics for better aesthetics, and enhanced layouts for better accessibility to the most-oft used features.
  • MultiSite enhancements:  participant list and layout improvements for the C-Series’ unique individual transcoding, embedded-Multisite feature supporting multipoint calls.

How do all of these announcements benefit your organization? For starters, they improve experience, accessibility and ease of use. And a great experience will keep usability and ROI high. In other words, this package of updates ensures top-line HD quality will be available and easy to use, and keep your users coming back for more.

TC 6.0 software upgrade will be available toward the end of Q3CY12 to customers with current service agreements.

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5 Comments.


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  2. June 13, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Great news about being able to change screen layouts via the inTouch. Will this also be available on the EX series endpoints?

    These sorts of usability enhancements are great for usability which can only drive video adoption.

    Good work

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  3. Finn Helge Lunde

    Rohan,

    For EX Series we are moving to a dedicated TE SW build, see the blog from Espen Loberg about the TE 6.0, “New Unified Communications Features Add Power and, Flexibility to Cisco Personal Telepresence Systems”.

    EX Series will support changing layouts on the screen, but the support for custom layouts created through the TC console application is unique for TC SW.

    Even though we will continue to share many features between TC and TE SW builds going forward, we will priorities features for meeting rooms needs with TC SW and personal desktop needs for TE SW.

    Thanks for your comment.

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  4. Could you please clarify something? You wrote:

    “Access to custom layouts on Touch 8 through TC Console: a visual editor that lets you customize different parts of the Cisco Telepresence System Codec C90, C60 and C40 by use of simple drag and drop technique. The latest TC 6.0 updates allow administrators to design custom layouts and make it available on the Touch interface from which users can select.”

    Previously the C40 did not support custom layouts. Has this changed with TC6.0 or does the C40 still support only support the standard display layouts?

    Thanks.

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  5. Finn Helge Lunde

    Dan,

    Thanks for your question and good observation. A mistake snuck into the blog I posted. You are correct about the C40 not supporting custom layout (or custom video composing), and this has not changed in TC6.0. So the correct is that it is only C90 and C60 which support access custom layout on Touch 8 inch. I would also like to be more precise on how you access the custom layouts on the touch panel, as the drag and drop description could potentially be misleading. Custom layouts are created and stored within the TC Console, and will added to the list of visualized layout choices in the dropdown layout menu on touch panel.

    Thanks for your comment and help to clarify on this miscommunication.

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