EXTRA! EXTRA! Quickcam for Windows Update!

Michael Sweger (swegerm@baileys-emh5.army.mil)
Fri, 13 Oct 95 19:06:00 EDT


Hello all;

I've read alot about the hardships and delays that everyone is
having on getting Quickcam for Windows from suppliers. However, I've
just read some *VERY IMPORTANT* facts that you all may not be aware
of. This is a verbatim article from the October 9,1995 issue of the
magazine INFOWORLD Volume 17, Issue 41 page 52 in the networking
section. The person who wrote the article for INFOWORLD is Nick
Wingfield: to show the appropriate credits.

And I quote.....

"CONNECTIX CORP. last week shipped Connectix VideoPhone, a Windows 3.1
and Macintosh videoconferencing package that includes software and a
camera for less than $200 [US] per user.

The product supports full-duplex videoconferencing over Novell Inc.
NetWare, TCP/IP, and AppleTalk LANS, as well as wide-area conferencing
over ISDN or faster connections. It comes with Connectix's QuickCam, a
gray-scale digital camera that plugs in to a Mac serial or Windows PC
parallel port. The QuickCam camera does not require a plug-in PC
board, simplifying installation, the company said.

The Connectix VideoPhone lacks the picture quality of high-end
videoconferencing solutions such as Intel Corp.'s ProShare, but its
ease of use and price make it ideal for most communications between
desktops, said Jim Ames, senior research associate at Arizona State
University, in Tempe, Ariz.

"For workgroups,[VideoPhone] fits our requirements," Ames said.
"By the time you get to a camera and video board [with most video
conferencing packages] you're talking about a couple thousand
[dollars] per workstation."

The PC version of Connectix VideoPhone supports point-to-point
conferencing. The Mac version supports multipoint conferencing for as
many as six users. Both offer whiteboard applications.

The company plans to release a 32-bit Windows 95 version of the
software by year's end and an H.320-compliant version next spring.
Connectix will also distribute free, via its World Wide Web Home page,
a viewer for watching -but not participating in - video broadcasts.

Connectix, based in San Mateo, Calif., can be reached at
(800)950-5880 or via the World Wide Web at http://www.connec-tix.com/
"

DESCRIPTION OF PHOTO:

The photograph of their video looks the same in quality as the
CUSEEME stuff[ of course the picture for publishing purposes is
perfect, no video block dropouts].

The menu selections at the top are: FILE, EDIT, SETTINGS,WINDOW, and
HELP The drop down menus under these aren't shown, therefore, it's
anyone's guess as to what they might do.

The Icons boxes below the menu show: a telephone, mic, video camera,
a VCR pause symbol, a 35mm camera and a question mark symbol.
My guess is the telephone is probably similar to the Iphone etc. for
audio, the mic is obvious [considering it is full-duplex], the video
camera can be anything (contrast, brightness, or maybe VCR inputs),
the VCR pause button may be for pausing the video ( this has been
mentioned during this past week on this list), the 35mm camera is
probably to take a still photo of you or grab a frame of them and
display it to reduce network transmissions/receives, the question
mark is probably help.


The bottom of the screen, after the video picture shows: the word
Connected, the word On, the number 20, the letters TCP. The first
one probably will show connection vs. loss of video, the ON is
anyone's guess, the number 20 could be the conference ID, and the
letters TCP etc. could show the type of network connection i.e.
TCP, ISDN, AppleTalk etc.

Well, based on the photo it's hard to derive any more capabilities
that their product may have.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

Maybe the reason the Quickcam for Windows is so scarce and/or may not
work as well as the older version ( compatible with CUSEEME) is that
they have their own product line to supply cameras to in the coming
months vs. the general hobbyist: hence, the constant delays? You
decide!


Mike Sweger
swegerm@baileys-emh5.army.mil