FAQs about OmniJoin High Definition Video Conferencing

How does OmniJoin produce such a high quality, multipoint video and live sharing experience?

OmniJoin is a true cloud computing, parallel processing, and dynamic scalable video application. It was designed to automatically adjust video bandwidth consumption, while leveraging all the relevant capabilities of your computer, including all cores and multimedia processor extensions. As computers become more powerful, OmniJoin is always prepared to offer a better experience based on the available technology.

Can I use OmniJoin if I don't have a camera?

Yes. Cameras are optional. You can still join a meeting, see other participants' video, and use all the multiparty audio, web conferencing and collaboration features the meeting host will allow. However, participants will not be able to view you during the meeting.

Can I video conference between the conference room and the desktop?

Yes. OmniJoin can work with high quality capture cards, High Definition cameras and LCD/Plasma screens in the conference room, and these can seamlessly interact with users at the desktop. Participants can share and annotate PowerPoint presentations, conduct instant online meetings, and enjoy high quality VoIP, all in the best video conferencing service available.

Does OmniJoin support high definition (HD) resolution?

Yes, OmniJoin supports 720p and 1080p resolutions at up to 30 frames per second. The maximum resolution depends on your licensing plan, video peripheral equipment, and your computer environment (adequate bandwidth and processor power). For more information, please visit our Compatible Equipment page.

What video resolutions does OmniJoin® support?

OmniJoin will support any resolution up to the limits of your video peripheral hardware and available system resources. In general, USB 2.0 webcams can support up to 720p sustained; USB 3.0 SuperSpeed webcams and camera/video capture card combinations can support up to 1080p resolution. Please keep in mind that video transmission using these higher rates also requires adequate bandwidth and sufficient system processing power.

What video codec does OmniJoin use?

OmniJoin uses MPEG4 for video encoding and decoding, with an option for customers to select H.264.

It should be noted that with OmniJoin, video quality is a function of the video input peripheral and available bandwidth. You can get business-grade video conferencing quality with ordinary webcams and existing Internet connections; and boardroom quality video with HD peripherals and T3/DS3 (megabits/seconds) bandwidth.

Does OmniJoin work with Polycom and Cisco/Tandberg room-based systems?

Yes, OmniJoin supports direct interoperability with common room-based systems like Cisco®, Polycom® and Lifesize®. Learn more on our Interoperability webpage.

How do I configure a video camera with standard output cables and a PCI video capture card? What video resolutions can I use in this configuration?

Follow the hardware configuration instructions included with your video capture card documentation (installing the card, mating the camera-out cables to the capture card). Test the camera/capture card combination using the video test applet included with most capture cards.

The recommended signal is SW #1 (1080/29.97p) and SW#2 (720/59.94p). If you select either of those, the available resolution is the following.

SW #1: 480×270, 960×540, 1920×1080
SW #2: 320×180, 640×360, 1280×720