Video Conferencing Should Look And Sound Good
The home office didn’t just recently come into existence: people have been working remotely for companies for dozens (if not hundreds) of years. But most recently this work-at-home ability has increased in the technology that is being used for communicating with the “home” office, another location or other people. Where once the telephone was the only means for talking between people who weren’t in a room or space where they could look at each other, now video conferencing has become the norm, if not the usual way of doing things. That’s not to say it’s been an easy ride for people to 1)get used to using a video camera for seeing and hearing and talking to others over the Internet, and 2)put together a video conferencing system that doesn’t just work consistently but also avoids casting shadows on their face or causing it to blur or for words to become mumbled and unintelligent to make out. Of the two, it’s the technology that has caused the most aggravation, especially since in many cases it’s vital to not just see/hear others but for others to fully and clearly see and hear them (think customer calls for that).
The solution isn’t a hodgepodge of devices jumbled together with cables here and there and table lamps angled to illuminate a face, it’s to have a single and simple device that combines all the needed tech for making/taking video calls. So call it the AnkerWork B600 Video Bar.
All That You Need Is Here
So what does the AnkerWork B600 Video Bar come with — since it’s an all-in-one all that’s going to be added are cables going into the power supply input and the data input. Why not an internal battery? Because of the lighting which we’ll get to shortly. And since it’s designed for using with a computer monitor, don’t be looking for a tripod socket because there’s the attached monitor rim gripper for placement right at the top of the screen.
Continuing the outside tour, the horizontal bar has speakers on each side and the 2K resolution lens at the middle. Bring your eyes up and that’s where the light bar is connected.
Auto Focus and Auto Lighting
So you set the B600 on the monitor, sit in front of it after plugging it in to the electric outlet and fidget with the controls found on the computer because you downloaded and installed the AnkerWork software already. Bringing the software up means you can start to modulate what the camera is going to see and what the mics are going to be working with and the speakers going to be outputting. But because the camera has built-in auto focus and framing — both being digitally controlled and AI working — as well as an automated “intelligent lighting technology” for the light bar to illuminate the person sitting there, much of the two main problems (focus and lighting) are being handled without manual control.
Testing Means Using
So to give it a whirl of a test we called our friend Steve using Zoom and the first thing he pointed out was how clear he could see me from the camera’s 95 degree field of view — not that he thought I was better looking — as the camera’s automated color correction and 2K resolution was being aided by the “smoother” lighting that now illuminated me (having used variable time daylight coming from a nearby window near my computer when contacting him using Zoom in the past). He had no trouble hearing me — a thumbs up to the 4 mics that could make sure that what I was saying could be heard clearly as it mitigated background noises. On my end the bar’s audio speakers were providing a louder and clearer audio than the speaker in the monitor I had been using, and turning the volume up kept performing well (Anker points to lack of distorting from silk membranes used in the speakers).
The auto focus kept my head from going mushy, and the solo frame feature which is designed to keep the person’s head from being cut off up/down/left/right did its job as Steve didn’t point out that my head was leaving frame.
So what you can do using the software is manually adjust light levels, volumes and more. It’s not absolutely needed, but who wants to totally be dependent to tech — remember the day of the robot overlords is only as far away as you’ll allow it to be.
Anker’s AnkerWork B600 Video Bar gives you the needed data/charging cables, country-specific adapters for the power plug and of course the Video Bar itself. For more details check out https://us.ankerwork.com/products/a3383