Firefox Adds OpenH264 Support

Firefox has now added support for OpenH264 in its latest release as part of its efforts for WebRTC support. You should automatically receive the update.Congratulations to the Mozilla and Cisco teams working on the project. This should help to open up WebRTC to more us cases across the board without the need for a plugin.

See more below from Jonathon Rosenberg's blog post.

http://blogs.cisco.com/collaboration/ciscos-openh264-now-part-of-firefox/

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What is CEC mode in my Cisco TC software settings?

What is CEC?

For those not familiar CEC or Consumer Electronics Control is the ability to control another device over HDMI. There are quite a few different controls that work with CEC although not every manufacture supports this protocol the same way or has their own version of it.

For the purpose of Cisco’s TelePresence endpoints CEC mode is implemented in TC software as a way to control power management of displays attached to either codecs such as the SX20 as their primary display or in the case of MX series extended displays.

Enabling CEC mode

Turning on CEC mode is pretty simple. Its just a matter of accessing the web UI and enabling the feature.

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This feature, because of the variation on consumer displays may work but it carries no guarantee that it will. With new displays coming on and off the market all the time its really up to the display manufactures to support this protocol in a standard fashion which depending on the model may or may not happen.

So if you decide to head down the consumer grade display road make sure that the display will work with your AV gear and supports the protocols you need it to. That 80 incher at Costco may look good but it may not work for your conference room.

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Updated for TC 7.2: Cisco TelePresence Web Snapshots for Video and Touch Panel

This is a little tricky but plenty easy to do once you know how. The TC7 software that is used with Cisco’s TelePresence endpoints is a little different than previous versions. In TC 7.0 you can only turn on Web Snapshots using the On Screen Display (OSD) on the SX20 so you will need the remote. If you have a touch panel you may need to turn it off for a few moments to turn this feature on using the remote. Previously you could use the touch panel or remote to turn this feature on but in TC7 it is only enabled via the OSD. Other C series codecs still allow the touch panel or remote to be used to turn on this feature with TC7. In TC 7.2 this is now configurable from the Web UI. Check down towards the bottom of this post for updates on newer versions. This is a evolving feature and has some popularity for those that are creating documentation or troubleshooting TelePresence deployments.

Turning on Snapshot on the SX20 TC 7.0

Using the OSD on the SX20 go to the Advanced configuration menu, navigate to Video > AllowWebSnapshots and choose On.

Turning on Snapshot on the C40/60 Series using the Touch Panel

Open the Settings menu on the Touch controller and tap Administrator. You have to log in with an administrator user name and password to get access to the Administrator menu.

Tap Web Snapshots and choose ON

Using Snapshots

Once enabled the AllowWebSnapshots option in the Web interface will show on. Go to Configuration>System Configuration>Video in the web interface to find this setting. See below:

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Once Snapshots is enabled you should see what's being streamed from the camera and also what being presented, in this case from an SX20 in the web interface.

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To get a snapshot of the touch panel the touch panel must be connected directly to the codec over the second Ethernet port, or directly through a touch panel port such as with EX90 etc. So the SX20 as an example does not support this feature since the touch panel connects over an external Ethernet port. The screenshots below are from a Profile system that has a C90 Codec.

To get to the correct web interface screen use the following URL

https://<Your codec IP>/web/translation

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Use the “Take new snapshot of Touch Panel” button to grab a screen shot of what's being displayed on the touch panel.

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From there you can right click on the image and save as.

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Updatefor TC 5.1

For TC5.1 from the codec’s web interface you will be able to take screenshots of the Touch interface. Short description:

http://<codec ip address>/wsgi/translation

Here are the steps to take screenshots:

  1. Enable web snapshots in the menu (Touch or OSD menu). By design, enabling web snapshots is not possible on web. This is mainly a security feature to ensure that remote users can’t do this.
  2. Logon to the web interface: http://<codec ip addr>
  3. Enter /translation after the IP address i.e. http://<codec ip addr>/wsgi/translation
  4. Migrate on the Touch device to the desired menu and click the “Take snapshot of Touch Panel” button
  5. Right click on the graphic and “Save Picture as”

Update for TC 7.2

There are 3 major changes for this feature in TC 7.2:

1. The web UI can now be used to turn on this feature in TC 7.2. image

2. Access to touch panel and OSD snapshots are now available in the web UI without having to navigate to another page. Now if you go to Diagnostics>User Interface Screenshots you will have access to both onscreen OSD and also touch panel screenshots.

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3. This will now work form any endpoint not just those with a direct attached touch panel. So the screen shots are from a SX20 with a Touch 8 display panel.

Screenshot of the Touch panel snapshot:

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Touch panel shots are saved but can be removed at any time.

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Creating a TelePresence Background That’s More Than a Pretty Picture

A couple of people have asked about what to use as a background screen for their TelePresence endpoints from my “So you want to deploy UC?” post. It’s a great idea to use this real estate to educate users and give helpful tips. Unfortunately the idea for doing this is one I borrowed from a colleague but I think heard someone say once the best ideas are borrowed/stolen. Anyway.

Below are a couple of different versions of the same thing just updated depending of the version of TC software your using on a Cisco TelePresence endpoint. I actually did this in PowerPoint and then saved them as a JPG. I used the Web UI o the codec to get screenshots of my touch panel. Taking screenshots of your touch panel varies depending on your software version your running so take a look at my blog post on the subject to learn more.

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Once you have created your master piece then its just a matter of uploading it to the TelePresence codec. Something I have noticed is that depending on how you create and save the image does affect how it looks once you get it on the screen. Just make sure to keep the image quality good.

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As versions change this is something you will want to stay on top of though and make sure your background is still relevant to the version of software your running on your codec.

If you would like a copy of the background PPT you can get it from here. 

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