Joining a video conference call with a webcam?

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We have just installed new Polycom HDX 8002 video conference units in several offices across our company. I have a remote employee that wants to join a monthly video call from his house via his webcam. Is this even possible? If so, how do we go about facilitating this? Thank you!

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practically it depends on the webcam and bandwidth (preferably synchronous) as a good and effective video conferencing seeks for 14-15 fps transfer rate (frames per second)

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  • Snapper70
    Polycom has a PVX PC-based software package which could probably participate in an IP-based call, providing you have the multipoint software on the HDX units, or a separate video bridge. You MAY find it degrades the overall video quality somewhat, though; unless you have a good video bridge that can do speed/video transcoding. The built-in bridge in the HDX units MAY drop the video quality to the lowest-common-denominator, so adding the PVX would drop the call quality to CIF resolution (something like 352x288) rather than the higher one normally supported by the HDX units. I believe it's fairly inexpensive - $200-$400; and works well if you have: 1) Fast/reliable connection. Remember your DSL or cable connection has limited upstream (300-600k) 2) Fast PC. Real-time video processing can be fairly demanding - although there is a patch required on that software with dual-core pentiums. 3) If running over a VPN connection, you may have to play with network settings, so it runs over the VPN adapter, rather than using the non-tunnelled connection
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