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Vaddio A/V Bridge

Vaddio A/V Bridge provides the ability to integrate soft codecs like Lync and Skype into traditional A/V designs. http://www.vaddio.com/product/av-bridge The A/V Bridge supports USB or IP streaming for Capture, Content Delivery or PC Conferencing applications and works with most A/V equipment.

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In the box:

  • AV Bridge
  • Pair of Rack Mounts
  • 18 VDC Power supply with AC power cord for North America
  • USB 2.0 Cable
  • Four rubber feet
  • Guide and Manual

Device:

  • Video Input Detect indicator
  • LCD Display
  • Menu Navigation (Rotary Knob, Select and Cancel buttons)
  • Mute Controls (Video and Audio Mute buttons)
  • Audio Level Control (Rotary Knob)
  • Power/Reset (button)
  • Input LED indicators (Current Video and Audio input selection and signal characteristics)
  • Power (5.5mm 0D x 2.5mm barrel)
  • DIP Switches (Factory Reset)
  • RS-232 Port (RJ-45)
  • USB Interface (USB 2.0 Type-B)
  • Network Interface (10/100 RJ-45)
  • Video Inputs (HDMI, BNC, HD DB-15)
  • Audio Input (XLR [Balanced], RCA [Unbalanced])

Setup:

  1. Connect AV Bridge to Network and Power Supply
  2. Find IP: Bridge uses DHCP by default and IP is visible on LCD Display
  3. Use a web browser to the access Bridge Management Tool (Default user: admin, Default password: password)
  4. Current version: 1.2.0
  5. Update firmware: 2.0.1
    1. Download AV Bridge Update (ZIP): http://www.vaddio.com/images/document-library/av-bridge-web-update-complete-2.0.1.zip
    2. Apply Update: System tab in Management Tool, Browse to downloaded update (ZIP), click “Begin Firmware Update and click “Continue” on warnings”
  6. Connect AV Bridge to PC:
    1. Connect Video Content Source(s) Note: Audio is not received over HDMI
    2. Connect Audio Content Source(s)
    3. Connect PC (USB Cable)
    4. Auto install of USB drivers from Windows Update

Lync:

  • AV-Bridge is now listed as a Microphone device within the Lync Audio Device options [s
  • UVC Camera is now listed as a Video device within the Lync Video Device options
  • A Video call functions in the same way as a normal web camera
  • If Video signal input is lost to the Bridge or Video Mute button is pressed, the SMPTE Color bars are shown.

Skype: vaddio_skype_call

Web Management Tool:

  • A/V Configuration
  • Streaming (Firmware 1.2 does not have IP Streaming Settings)
    • v1.2
    • v2.0
  • Labels
  • Networking
  • Security
  • Diagnostics

Compatibility:

  • Software Clients
    • Lab Tested
      • Cisco Jabber
      • WebEx
      • Skype
      • Adobe Connect
      • Microsoft Lync
      • GotoMeeting
      • Vidyo Desktop
      • Polycom M100
      • Lifesize ClearSea
      • Google Plus
      • Panopto
    • Field Tested
      • IOCOM
      • Radvision Scopia
      • Apple FaceTime
      • Blackboard
      • Tegrity
      • Echo 360
      • USTREAM
      • Livestream
      • PresenterPro
      • Microsoft Expressions Encoder 3
      • VCON
      • AVAYA One
    • Media players (IP Streaming [HLS and RTSP]):
      • QuickTime
      • VLC Media Player
      • Real Player
    • Operating Systems
      • Windows 7
      • Windows XP SP3
      • MAC OS
      • Linux
    • Web Browsers
      • Internet Explorer 8+
      • Safari Rev 4 and 5
      • Chrome
      • Firefox
    • Supported UVC Resolutions
      • Resolution, Frame Rate, Aspect Ratio
      • 1280 x 720, 15/30, 16:9
      • 960 x 544, 15/30, 16:9
      • 704 x 576, 15/30, 4:3
      • 640 x 480, 15/30, 4:3
      • 640 x 360, 15/30, 16:9
      • 424 x 240, 15/30, 4:3
      • 352 x 240, 15/30, 4:3
      • 320 x 240, 15/30, 4:3
      • 352 x 240, 15/30, 4:3
      • 320 x 180, 15/30, 16:9
    • RGBHV/DVI Supported Resolutions
      • 1360 x 768 @ 60Hz - WXGA
      • 1280 x 800 @ 60Hz - WXGA
      • 1280 x 768 @ 60Hz - WXGA
      • 1280 x 720 @ 60Hz - WXGA
      • 1024 x 768 @ 60Hz - XGA
    • HDMI EDID Forwarding
      • 1080p/60/59.94/50/frames/s
      • 720p/60/59.94/50Hz frames/s
      • 1440 x 900@60Hz
      • 1360x768 @ 60Hz
      • 1280x800 @ 60 Hz

Summary:

With a MSRP of ~$2000 this inexpensive A/V Bridge allows the ability to sweat Legacy Audio & Video Conferencing equipment assets and tie into PC based software using standard UVC/UAC USB standards.

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