Videoconferencegear.com Accepting Pre-orders for Altia Systems’ PanaCast® Panoramic-4K USB Camera Compact Plug-and-Play Camera adds Immersive “Being There” Video Experience to Popular Collaboration Apps like Zoom, Skype, Skype for Business, WebEx and Google Hangouts
May 4, 2015, Littleton, CO – Videoconferencegear.com, an Altia Systems value added reseller, today announced that it is accepting pre-orders for the PanaCast® 2 video camera, the industry’s first Panoramic 4K plug and-play USB video camera. With its 180° wide, 54° tall field of view and Panoramic 4K resolution, PanaCast 2 delivers exceptionally clear video with a human visual perspective. It helps people collaborate more effectively, improving productivity. The new product simply plugs into a computer’s USB port and works with popular web collaboration apps, like Zoom, Skype and WebEx.
PanaCast 2 breaks new ground in visual clarity with the Panoramic 4K resolution of 3840 x 1080 pixels, delivering higher quality video even at lower resolutions, such as 1080p, 720p, etc. This can enable users to see more clearly than is possible with standard HD cameras. For instance, details on a white board that are fuzzy in HD may be more clear with Panoramic 4K resolution. The camera’s 180° wide, 54° tall field of view make it possible to see an entire meeting space without the use of electro-mechanical PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) cameras. The combination of higher resolution and wider field of view results in a more immersive experience that gives remote participants an immersive “being there” experience, improving collaboration and productivity.
Using the PanaCast 2 Camera
PanaCast 2 is compact, it fits in a shirt pocket and is easy to use. Just plug it into any USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 compatible current generation PC or Mac. The Plug-and-Play camera enhances popular collaboration applications like Microsoft® Skype® for Business, Skype®, Cisco® WebEx®, Google Hangouts®, Citrix® GoToMeeting®, Vidyo®, Zoom®,, etc, without requiring any driver or software installs.
When the PanaCast 2 is used with Altia Systems’ PanaCast® Experience service, each participant has full and individual control of camera selection, pan and zoom. It enables them to look around as they like, much as they do in live discussions. PanaCast Experience works stand-alone or integrated at the experience level with Microsoft® Skype® for Business.
“Videoconferencegear.com sells thousands of cameras a year online. We extensively evaluate each of our vendors and their products and select only those that we think will provide maximum benefit to our customers,” said Ryan Pinke, President of Videoconferencegear.com. “We believe the PanaCast 2 Panoramic 4K video camera to be the most exciting new camera technology available today. Customers have already begun to pre-order this camera since it works well with Zoom and every cloud video service we sell.”
Availability and pricing
The PanaCast 2 camera will be available early in the third quarter at $995 each. Customers may pre-order the camera at videoconferencgear.com. PanaCast Experience service user licenses start at $19.99 per active user per month. User licenses are shareable within the Enterprise. PanaCast® Apps can be downloaded free of charge from altiasystems.com, Google Play and the Apple App Store. PanaCast® Video Server software is available for on-premises installation on customer-provided servers.