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November 02, 2013

WebRTC World Week in Review

It was a busy week in the WebRTC World sector. Here are some of the major stories.

Looking ahead in the evolution of standard streaming video comes interactivity, according to Questionmine. The company has invented a way to create customizable, interactive videos — whether pre-recorded or live — with three levels of engagement. The first level involves lead generation forms and calls to action that can appear right in a video, timed to any chosen second.  The next level allows for the overlay of surveys, quizzes, polls, and assessments. The final level of engagement is what Questionmine calls video branching. Put simply, video branching allows users to build a video out of clips, each of which is filmed in response to different answers to each question.

In another story, Rachel Ramsey reported how Lindenbaum, a provider of carrier-grade audio and Web conference solutions, recently introduced a new way to join conference calls through a browser with WebRTC. The Lindenbaum conferencing systems offer easy integration for VoIP systems and existing user interfaces of conferencing systems. As an alternative, it also offers a Flash player for communicating over browsers.

It was also reported how Mozilla will be adding the H.264 codec to the Firefox browser following Cisco’s decision to make it open sourced. The move comes as Cisco continues to advocate for H.264 to become the default codec for real-time communication (RTC) – despite resistance from Google. Cisco is pushing for industry bodies to reach an agreement on the WebRTC format. A key issue is which kind of video codec should be the standard in WebRTC video calls. Both Cisco and Ericsson want to see H.264 as the default codec for WebRTC. On the other hand, Google wants to see its VP8 codec as the default technology for WebRTC. Microsoft, meanwhile, appears to be supporting H.264. The Internet Engineering Task Force’s (IETF) WebRTC committee may be able to come up with agreement on default codec for WebRTC – soon.

In still another article, Ondello, a provider of WebRTC-based software and services, recently updated its live video chat and meeting service for business. Earlier this year, the company revamped the Ondello platform with custom email templates and meeting room options, enabling the platform to be a complete white-label WebRTC system. The updates continue with larger video, better screen control, updated screen sharing and navigation during meetings.

And Net Medical Xpress, a medical telemetry manufacturer, has announced a new WebRTC telemedicine conference tool. With Net Medical’s new tools, patients can get in touch with doctors from wherever they happen to be, whether on a PC or a mobile device. Net Medical released two pieces of software, RTC Switch IOS and the Linux-based RTC Switch Enterprise, as well. 

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