Month: January 2018

What Use is a 5K Camera in a 720p World?

Altia Systems, the makers of the industry-leading PTZ-killer, the PanaCast 2 180˚ 4K conference camera, has just announced the availability of the PanaCast 2s, the world’s first 5K 180˚ panoramic conference camera.

That’s 5120 x 1440 pixels or 7.4 megapixels at 30 frames per second; a 76% increase in pixel count over its little brother the 4K PanaCast 2.

But why, in a world that rarely uses video meeting resolutions of more than 720p, would you want to use a 5K camera?  The answer is the lossless zoom.

The PanaCast does away with the traditional pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) camera, a legacy, dumb light-gatherer compared to the sophisticated, 9-processor intelligent vision system that is the PanaCast. The PanaCast cameras provide a low-distortion, 180˚ field-of-view which means you will see everyone in the room, be those close-up participants in a small huddle room or a roomful of students in a wide
classroom, and at extremely high edge-to-edge optical quality.

Now, of course, you won’t always want to see the whole 180˚ view.
For example, when a couple of people sit at the far end of a conference table, standard cameras would just present these participants as tiny, perspective-shortened individuals stuck at the end of a massive table.

So the PanaCast has another trick called Intelligent Zoom (or IZ for short). IZ detects faces and, when activated, will zoom and pan the view to optimally frame
the detected participants. If someone enters the room mid-call, IZ will dynamically reframe the transmitted image to include them. Similarly, it will automatically adjust if someone leaves the room.

What has all this to do with 5K? Well, the larger the resolution of the captured image, the greater the zoom capability without any apparent loss of resolution at the far end.  Actually, with 5K captured video working over a 720p connection, you can
(losslessly) zoom by a factor of 4.  It’s like having a standard camera with an optical zoom of 4 times but with no moving parts and delivered in a considerably smaller footprint.

This makes PanaCast 2s a great  solution for all sizes of conference room and classroom.

It’s not 1988 it’s 2018!

Wow, the world is changing and it’s changing at a pace that’s tough to keep up with.

We’re hurtling towards a world of driverless cars, artificial intelligence and greatly enhanced communications that’s going to change the way we work, play and live our lives.

In the future, some jobs (and whole companies) will disappear, new ones will be created and technology will continue to change the way in which most of us do everything.

Can you remember the day’s when a phone was just a phone and you paid for things using something called cash!  The fact is that, if your business is going to stay ahead of your competition, then it needs to stay ahead of the curve in terms of communications technology.

One example of this change is in the conference room.  It’s time for the 1980s technology of the old pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) camera to be put to its final resting place and to welcome in its successor, the PanaCast 2 Intelligent Vision System.

Watch this short demo of how the PanaCast 2 can help to improve the quality and professionalism of your meetings:

If you want to know more simply call us on +44 (0)1992 878312.

PanaCast 2s 5K 180° Camera and PanaCast 3D Demonstrated at CES 2018 Las Vegas

Altia Systems, creators of PanaCast 2, the world’s first 180° Panoramic-4K plug-and-play video camera system, will demonstrate PanaCast 2s and the PanaCast 3D live streaming solutions at CES 2018.

CES 2018 – Booth MP 25953

PanaCast 2s, the first software-defined Panoramic-5K intelligent vision platform which enables 4x lossless digital zoom up to 16 feet at 720p, was recognized as a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree. The PanaCast 3D VR kit, another CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree, delivers real-time stitched 180° 4K video directly, with no post-processing requirement. The kit now brings production-grade real-time immersive 3D video through the company’s in-device video stitching technology.


Altia Systems will be present at booth MP 25953 at CES 2018, which takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 9-12, 2018. In addition to its PanaCast 2 Panoramic-4K camera system, the team will be exhibiting the following products:

  • PanaCast2s: the first software-defined Panoramic-5K (5120 x 1440 pixels per frame) video camera system that delivers 4x lossless digital zoom up to 16 feet at 720p and 30 frames per second. PanaCast 2s is a software-scalable intelligent vision platform, and is currently the only panoramic video solution designed for use in medium to large conference rooms. PanaCast 2s also enables content creators to deliver Panoramic-5K videos.
  • PanaCast Intelligent Vision products add unique capabilities to enhance participants’
    collaboration experience. The suite includes
    Intelligent Zoom, PanaCast Whiteboard and PanaCast Vivid. The software products autonomously act upon intelligence generated from the real-time, immersive PanaCast video stream.
  • PanaCast 3D VR Kit delivers 180° 3D content with full 4K resolution in real time, with
    in-device panoramic stitching that eliminates the complex process of post-production stitching. The broadcast-ready kit creates Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and mixed reality experiences with point-and-shoot simplicity.
    The fully stitched and synchronized content is available in real-time to help content creators see and adjust the video instantly. The kit has been used by early adopters and customers to bring natural looking 3D video in broadcast,
    sports and education.

Contact Intermedia for more information in Europe

"More than 2500 organisations in 38+ countries are using the PanaCast daily to improve their communication and productivity.

Over 200 universities are now adopting the PanaCast for lecture capture and huddle room deployments."

What our clients say!

  • “(PanaCast 2) is a very different form factor than the usual 1080p camera that we are using elsewhere in the lab. You can see it has no seams and it’s a very good picture quality.”

    ScobleFuturist / Rackspace

  • “PanaCast…actually seems like something that would be both fun and exceedingly useful.”

    SeoWriter / TechCrunch

  • “The actual image captured by the camera when we tried it in a lecture theatre (300+ seat) was perfect. Every seat in the frame, handled the lighting conditions well, good focus, seamlessly stitched. Very impressed.”

    Geoff Lambert
    Sr. Project Manager of IT & Digital Services / University of Western Sydney

  • “… a great improvement over standard video chat experiences.” Read article

    Michael Gorman
    Editor-in-Chief / Engadget

  • “The panoramic view allowed me to see all five remote participants at the same time, and the 4k resolution provided great visual detail – allowing me to feel ‘connected’ to everyone in the meeting.”

    What Ira M. Weinstein thinks about the PanaCast 2
    Senior Analyst & Partner / Wainhouse Research

  • “We chose the PanaCast 2 video camera because it gives an immersive sense of participation to remote meeting participants. With PanaCast 2, there is no need to squeeze together to get into the scene or waste time panning and zooming like with a typical conference room camera.”

    Jolean De KortJolean De Kort
    Director Employee Technology / GoDaddy

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