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Video Bridging Services

Video Bridges provide simultaneous connection of three (3) or more participants into one or more videoconferences. UTN’s video bridge infrastructure has the capability to connect sites using multiple videoconferencing standards into the same conference. Our Bridges connect sites running at different speeds (bandwidth). The most commonly used speed is 384 Kbps although our infrastructure can support speeds which are both higher and lower.
 

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Facts & Features

Videoconferencing standards
Participants may connect using Internet Protocol (H.323) in standard or high definition format or the older ISDN (H.320) services in standard definition only.

Bridging capacity
As of Q2 2009, UTN will have the bridging capacity to connect up to 100 sites simultaneously.

Screen views
Bridging allows for features such as continuous presence (“Hollywood squares”) and lecture mode to be used in a videoconference. See Visual Layouts

Dual stream
Allows participants to both presenter and presentation separately but simultaneously. The ability to take advantage of this feature is contingent upon the user’s endpoint equipment.

Audio connections
Bridging also supports audio only connections into a videoconference by using a telephone. 

Recording of videoconferences
UTN has implemented systems that provide for high quality recording and editing of videoconferences

Rebroadcasting
Recorded videoconferencing events can be rebroadcast via videoconferencing, as requested, either as a regularly scheduled program or on an ad hoc basis.  Of course, recorded events can also be seen at the viewer’s convenience via web streaming.
 

Visual Layouts

The video bridge infrastructure supports multiple visual layouts. Below are examples of common visual layouts including some of the many custom layouts available.

Hollywood Squares Voice Activated Switching
Hollywood Voice Switched
Custom Layouts
Custom Layouts
 

Support

UTN provides technical support before, during, and after videoconferences. Non-members that wish to videoconference with members through the bridge may be charged an hourly technical support fee during testing.
 

Contact

For more information or support, contact the UTN Videoconferencing Coordinator.

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