CyberLink new PerfectCam 2 with support of AI-powered background blur for video conferencing – CES 2019

Cyberlink PerfectCamCyberLink Corp. today announced the release of PerfectCam 2, the AI-powered Web camera plug-in, designed to provide professionals complete video conferencing privacy via state-of-the-art background blur technology.

Combined with lighting enhancements, skin smoothing & instant appearance optimization tools, users can maintain a professional look at all times. PerfectCam is compatible with popular video services such as CyberLink U Meeting, Skype, Google Hangouts & Facebook Live, enabling users to hold video conferences & ‘live’ casting events with complete privacy while looking their best.

Incorporating the latest AI facial recognition technology, PerfectCam can now detect people apart from their background. Background blur keeps any surrounding environment private during video conference calls. It allows professionals & remote workers to feel completely comfortable joining business meetings in an open office, while at home or out in public without the concern of prying eyes.

“With the exponential growth of mobile offices, video conferencing has become an increasingly popular trend in recent years, especially for professionals on business trips, remote workers and digital nomads. We wanted to provide an innovative solution, allowing professionals to hold meetings in complete privacy anytime, anywhere,” said Jau Huang, CEO of CyberLink.

Professionals can now ensure a well-lit environment in any condition via adjustable camera settings within the software, making it easy to modify brightness, contrast, & exposure, before or during a video call. Combined with AR-powered appearance optimization & skin smoothing tools, professionals can get ready for impromptu meetings using 9 different virtual touch-up presets.

 

Image Credit: Cyberlink

 

‘Live’ streaming using Google Hangouts

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You can now ‘live’ stream Google Hangouts Meet meetings.

Many companies have important meetings that require delivering a message to large groups of people, like a company-wide all-hands training. Now, G Suite Enterprise users can live stream Meet meetings to support these needs, according to a post on GSuite’s official blog.

Meeting organizers in G Suite Enterprise domains can enable ‘live’ streaming on their meeting in Calendar & invite their audience.

With the stream URL, up to 100,000 in-domain users can watch the meeting from their PC or their mobile device. Support for watching ‘live’ streams on Hangouts Meet hardware will be coming in the next few weeks, said the post. When ready, meeting participants can start the ‘live’ stream to allow everyone to watch.

The ability to add live streaming to a meeting can be controlled per organizational unit (OU) from the Admin console. To do this, open the Admin console and go to Apps > G Suite > Google Hangouts and click “Meet settings.” Here, toggle “Let people stream their meetings.” This setting is ON by default.

Here’s How To Create a ‘live’ streaming event

To create a streamed event, add live streaming to the event. You can distribute the stream URL in 2 ways:

  • Share the meeting join info & stream URL with all guests in 1 event.
  • Create a separate view-only event. These guests cannot participate in the meeting.

Guests you invite can share the stream URL & anyone in your organization can watch.

  1. Create an event.
  2. Add guests & rooms.
    Meet joining info is automatically added when you invite guests or rooms.
  3. Next to Hangouts Meet, select Manage Details.
  4. Click Add Live Stream.
  5. Depending on whether your guests should have the option to participate in the meeting, choose one of the following ways to stream:
    • Allow guests to join in view-only mode:
      1. Click Copy Copy and then Done.
      2. Paste the link into the event description or an email, making sure your guests get the link.
    • Create an additional view-only event:
      1. Click Done and then Save.
      2. From your calendar, click on the event.
      3. Select More Moreand then Create view-only event.
      4. Add view-only guests & rooms.
  6. Click Save.

 

Migration from Google ‘Hangouts’ to ‘Meet’ for GSuite users starts – News

Here’s some news for all those using Google Hangouts. After a month of experimenting, Google said it will be moving all of its G Suite users from its Hangouts video chat service to Hangouts ‘Meet’, the more enterprise-ready version of Hangouts. The entire process will take about 30 days or so.

This means all newly created Calendar invites will now link to Meet video meetings, though Google stresses that all previously created meetings won’t be affected by this.

Google said on its official blog that in order to ensure your domain has a seamless transition to Meet, it had also added Meet compatibility with Firefox (starting on version 60). Unlike in classic Hangouts, Meet uses native WebRTC protocols so that it does not require any downloads or plugins when using Meet in Firefox.

To learn more about these changes, users can review the details of the transition plan & the differences between classic Hangouts video calls and Meet in the Help Center.

This smartphone app will ensure you’ll never miss a meeting – New app

meetstreet‘MeetStreet’ is a free mobile app designed to help you set up meetings & meetups with friends, acquaintances & business associates. It’s a social network-type app designed to help users to organize appointments over their phones, & to actively remind the participants of upcoming meetings.

It incorporates a messaging function somewhat similar to WhatsApp, allowing the sending & receipt of chat messages requesting appointments, as well as the ability to automatically remind participants of an upcoming meeting. The new app syncs with the calendar on both the Android & iOS platforms & allows of the user’s contacts list to be accessed. Another important feature of MeetStreet is its ability to create free or paid events & invite people to join your contacts list to conferences or parties.

In order to get started with the new app, a new MeetStreet user just needs to install it from either the Apple App Store or Google Play. After that, the phone number is validated via a text message (or WhatsApp), then the user provides a name & optionally a profile picture. The phone number becomes the app’s primary identifier & no username & password is required.

If the person being invited to a meeting is not already a MeetStreet user he/she will get a text message via SMS or WhatsApp requesting the meeting & asking them if they want to download the new app. If they are already users, they will get an alert from the app requesting their presence at the meeting & create a record of the event in both their calendars. When you’re close to the time of the meeting, a user can remind the others of the appointment by pressing the “reminder” button.

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Unlike paid meetup apps like Meetup.com, which is Web-based & focused on interest group activities, MeetStreet is free & much more phone-centric. It concentrates on meetings & events with people you already know. It’s more of a business app, or one you can use with friends, as it is not intended to set up meetings & get-togethers amongst people who don’t yet know each other.

MeetStreet is strictly a phone app at the moment & the developers have no immediate plans to port it to a Web platform. They do, however, intend to make available Windows Phone & Blackberry versions in the future.

Click here to download the MeetStreet App on your Android device.

Click here to download the MeetStreet App on your iOS device.

 

– This post is merely a startup profile based on publicly available information & not a review. –

 

Image Credit: MeetStreet

 

 

 

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