With so many people now working and learning at home, businesses and educational institutions are reinventing the way they collaborate. In response to this new trend, Sennheiser and 1 Beyond teamed up to develop a new camera tracking solution that offers voice-activated camera tracking for boardrooms, classrooms, multi-purpose meeting rooms and more. The integration of the 1 Beyond Automate VX and Sennheiser’s TeamConnect Ceiling 2 (TCC2), leverages Sennheiser’s audio quality and accurate beam position information and 1 Beyond’s advanced camera positioning algorithm to offer close-up shots of people speaking in a room, regardless of their location in the space and whether they are seated or standing.
Multiple ceiling microphones can be combined to cover larger spaces and up to 12 cameras can be placed anywhere to get the best camera angles regardless of where the speaker is located.
Some of the distinguishing features of this solution include:
- An intelligent switching algorithm – with multiple cameras the remote participants see broadcast style cuts and no camera movement
- Auto-configuration based on a room design – No camera presets need to be set manually
- Customizable shot widths – the installer can select how tight or broad the camera angles should be
- Ability to distinguish between seated and standing participants – uses the microphone’s reported height as well as horizontal position of the talker
- More possible camera angles per microphone – The beam can point to up to 700 unique positions giving more precise audio location information
- Multi-source layouts – show wide shot of room along with active speaker for context
- Discussion mode – shows the two most recent talkers in side-by-side
Already deployed at financial institutions, universities and hospitals, this voice tracking camera solution provides an easy-to-use setup. Additionally, it offers more natural feeling experiences to remote participants due to the fact that the TCC2 doesn’t limit the number of zones that can be used for tracking. Instead, real-time positional information from the microphone is used to automatically switch cameras to the most optimal view.