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Skype Certifies the New Creative Live! Cam inPerson HD for Video and Voice Quality

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June 02, 2011

Skype Certifies the New Creative Live! Cam inPerson HD for Video and Voice Quality

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor


Creative Technology, a manufacturer of high-performance audio processors, has announced that Skype has certified the new Creative Live! Cam inPerson HD for video and voice quality.


“In order for webcams to become Skype (News - Alert) Certified we put them through a rigorous video and voice testing and qualification process,” said Ed Botterill, head of Skype Certification at Skype, adding that the Live! Cam inPerson met these exacting specifications and provides an excellent solution for Skype video calling.

To provide an “outstanding” HD video calling experience with Skype, the company’s engineering team put in an effort to improve the video and voice quality of webcams, said company officials.

As a result Creative Live! Cam inPerson HD ensures the “fastest possible video frame rate” for HD video calling. In addition, it alleviates the problem of choppy video that users often experience, even with lower definition video calling. Company officials said that Creative has integrated an H.264 video encoding processor with the solution.

Steve Erickson, vice president and general manager for audio and video at Creative Lab, said that the company wanted to eliminate choppy video, which is typically caused when the PC can't handle the encoding fast enough, so it engineered the camera to have the highest frame rate possible.

If a user is performing the H.264 encoding on the Creative Live! Cam inPerson HD -- instead of using the PC – he does not require a high-performance PC to experience smooth HD video quality with Skype, said company officials.

The Creative Live! Cam inPerson HD features crystal-clear voice via the implementation of Creative’s quad mic array, as well as a leap forward in video quality. Moreover, the mics are “precisely” spaced across the nine-inch flat-panel surface of the camera to achieve improvement in voice quality.

As an experienced technology company in audio and voice processing for over three decades, it knows that voice quality is critical to having a great video calling experience; thus, it elevated the audio in the Creative Live! Cam inPerson HD with a quad mic array, Erickson said.

Creative Live! Cam inPerson HD features built-in H.264 compression that delivers smooth, glitch-free HD video, and ensures fluid motion and high-quality video streaming over the web, said company officials. Additional features include auto focus for clear, detailed images and videos from a range of distances.

Recently, Creative Technology (News - Alert) announced the new Sound Core3D multi-core sound and voice processor.


Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.







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