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In This Issue
  • Invitations to Video Conferencing Events
  • Polycom and TANDBERG Specials
  • Article: Web Conferencing vs. Streaming Video
  • Article: Polycom powers Lord of The Rings
  • White paper: 8 collaborative strategies for success
  • Video: Distance learning with Tandberg
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  • TANDBERG Gateway
  • Centra Web Conferencing Solutions
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Web Conferencing
vs. Streaming

Confused about which IVCi solution is right for your needs? Our chart will help you make the right choice.

At times it may seem that there is an overlap that exists between using Web conferencing solutions vs. Streaming solutions to improve your communication processes. Both technologies can deliver significant efficiencies in the way you work, but one may be better at executing a specific objective. Making the wrong decision in your investment can cost you time and money. IVCi has created a chart that will help you make the right decision with the appropriate technology:

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Lord of the Rings Director Relies on Polycom to Film Three Movies Concurrently

Polycom Technology Lowers Production Costs; Ensures Artistic Integrity across Films, Multiple Crews, and 150 Locations

Polycom Inc., the world's leader in video and voice conferencing, conference bridges, and integrated web collaboration solutions, recently announced that its industry-leading group video communications system played a key role in the making of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, whose final installment, The Return of the King, was released worldwide this week.

In a first for a large-scale film production, the director Peter Jackson made movie history by shooting all three episodes of the trilogy at the same time in a remarkably fast 274 days over 150 locations. Jackson was able to direct in three places concurrently using video communications extensively to review daily rushes and direct multiple film crews in New Zealand.

Jackson's innovative use of video communications provided significant financial and artistic benefits in the film series production. The director viewed daily footage by linking the movie cameras into Polycom's video conferencing systems and viewing the footage over a high-speed network connection from either the Pinewood editing studio in the UK, the main studio in Warkworth, New Zealand, or on-location sites. The real-time interaction with the film crews and location directors resulted in fewer re-takes, which shortened filming time and reduced costs.

"Peter Jackson would watch what the locations were filming and then make suggestions," said Duncan Nimmo, IT manager for 3Foot6 Limited, the company formed to make the film. "He suggested changes such as different lighting or camera angles, and could see differences in the way certain types of characters moved or acted and made sure that the film conformed to his overall vision. This didn't just save time, it made the overall film a better one."

Video conferencing also played a key role in the post-production process. To help meet the important post production delivery date, the crew used Polycom's systems enabling the director to provide input from New Zealand to the music studios in London on the final music score. This highlights how such technology can provide significant benefits to the film making process by unlocking new, more effective methods of production.
"We are very proud that Polycom's products were able to assist Peter Jackson in the making of the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy," said Ed Ellett, senior vice president and general manager of video communications for Polycom. "His use of video communications to communicate and collaborate effectively over distances demonstrates the versatility, reliability and adaptability of our solutions. But his example also demonstrates a smart business decision in which video communication delivered a tangible return on investment with faster decision-making and time to delivery, as well as reduced production costs."

Satellite communications proved essential to the film series. Although the video conferencing system was originally conceived for video communications only, the ability to integrate phone and network services became a critical part of the operation. The production crew used high frequency radio transmitters and military grade fiber optic cable to connect crews operating at great distances. Once the signal was received, it was fed through the analog video inputs on the back of the Polycom video conferencing system and was ready for transmission. The footage was then transmitted over satellite to the director, whether he was in the central studio or out on-location.

Polycom's video conferencing systems performed over thousands of kilometers and under unfavorable climactic conditions, without a single failure. Systems faced sub-zero temperatures in the winter, searing heat in the summer and were bounced around in the back of a variety of vehicles.

The Polycom video communications systems run full-motion TV-quality video and deliver near CD-quality audio for effective remote communications. An embedded Web server handles diagnostics and simple software upgrades over the Internet. In addition to the simple Graphics User Interface (GUI), the voice tracking camera and preset tracking function ensures customers can adapt the product to fit their needs. The first two Lord of the Rings films have earned a combined US$1.8 billion and won a total of six Oscars. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was released worldwide on Dec. 17, 2003 and is distributed by New Line Cinema, a subsidiary of AOL Time Warner.

For a description of how Polycom's video conferencing systems were deployed please see the special extended DVD Edition of The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers. (Disk 4, Music and Sound, Music for Middle-Earth, Segment 9).

Conferencing Resolution 2004: Increase Web Collaboration

Eight collaborative strategies to help you win customers, increase sales and achieve marketing success.

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Video: Distance Learning

View this newly released video featuring a school using video conferencing to enhance the quality of student education. Requires Windows Media Player.

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IVCi is a premier, nation-wide partner with Centra Software (NSDQ: CTRA) for their entire line of real-time enterprise collaboration and conferencing tools. Their products represent IVCi's key go-to-market solution for our customer's fully-deployed, premise-based Web conferencing requirements.

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