Product: Cisco Movi PC VideoConferencing and PrecisionHD USB Camera
Retail price: $399, camera; contact a Cisco sales
representative for Movi pricing.
By MaryAnn Karre
Paired with the Cisco PrecisionHD USB camera, Movi
enables any PC to become a premium video system that
connects users to any standards-based videoconferencing
system. The PrecisionHD is a hefty, sturdy piece of equipment,
larger than webcams that typically travel. The Movi
videoconferencing software has been updated and now
permits desktop sharing, is Mac compatible, allows
far-end camera control, and can connect via IP
address or URI to any H.323 or end
Quality and Effectiveness:
Developed for business use, the Cisco conferencing package features
mobility, quick connectivity, and adaptability
for use outside the usual videoconferencing offices.
As such, it can easily be used to create a mobile learning
lab anywhere, employing any laptop or desktop computer.
Because Movi permits multiparty calls and content sharing
between users of other “major telepresence” systems, users
should be able to connect to other end points more easily
than with other products.
Ease of Use: Since there is no software for the camera,
using it is as easy as plugging it into a USB port. Even the
firmware can be updated through the Cisco Web site.
The autofocus is efficient and smooth and compensates for
low light and bright spots; even handheld documents are
easy to read. The Movi videoconferencing software installs
simply on both PCs and Macs and can be configured for the
entire system from one administrator access. Connections
are made through a straightforward interface that displays
contacts and recent calls; settings, devices, and video controls
can also be changed here. The full-screen video display
is not cluttered by toolbars or buttons, and this is especially
helpful with multi-user connections.
Creative Use of Technology: With high-definition
720p, 30 frames per second, the camera communicates
smoothly even in low light or with backlight. The wideband
microphone mounted on top of the camera effectively and
clearly picks up sound to a distance of 10 feet. Because of the
product’s picture-in-picture capability for self-view and content
sharing, students and teachers can share equally across
a distance or within a community.
Suitability for Use in a School Env ironment: The
ability to share both PC content and video, to allow all parties
to see the same video and content, and the strong ultrawideband
microphone and terrific focus of the HD camera
combine to create an excellent distance-learning tool. Because
the camera is portable, any classroom with the conferencing
software or anywhere that a laptop can be carried can be
a distance-learning lab. Movi can be used by one class, as a
school-wide or a district-wide network, and still connect to any
¦ The capacity for multi-screen highdefinition
video collaboration with
many users on different devices and
with any standards-based video device
creates more possibilities for educational
¦ Cisco’s “intelligent network”
improves video on networks not designed
for video and enables users to record and
archive conferences and thus make them
available for further study.