Tandberg Movi: A Quick Look

Rating: 3 WaterTowers (corporate infrastructure needed)

Making a Point-to-Point Call

After installation (which was easy even with the Beta version Sean Lessman from Tandberg gave me access to), I decided to give Movi a whirl by first calling an H.323 Endpoint.

My friend, Sheila at Fermi Lab sent me the IP address of an HD system she is testing…let’s see if I can connect.

Clicking on the Movi icon in the system tray, this screen comes up.

Movi Calling Screen

Movi Calling Screen

Sean previously told me that I could call an H.323 system by dialing @ipaddress.  I will give that a try. You can also call using URI which basically means you can connect to Sean, for example, at his email address Sean.lessman@tandberg.com.   Pretty cool!  🙂

Back to Sheila…..I put in her IP address and made the call.  After quite a delay, where I almost hung up, I was connected to Sheila’s test HDX 8004 Polycom just long enuf to snap a picture and chat a bit before she had to go to work (hmmmm, work?  I sort of remember that concept..).

Sheila in her office at Fermi Lab

Sheila in her office at Fermi Lab

TelBitConsulting says:  Video was terrific, audio was terrific!  I dialed an H.323 EP easy as can be.  The conversation was normal..no tripping over our words, clear, and crazy (uh…that is normal with us!)

In a call we made last week (just to catch up), Sheila had complained about my audio (with another system) but this time she said it was great.  The difference could be the Movi which has echo cancellation, or the Phoenix Duet that I installed a few days ago (see the blog directly below this one), or a combination of the two.

You can hang up the call by clicking the red phone icon on the bottom right.

Calling an MCU

Let’s call another friends, Christian’s, Codian in Paris, France.

Interestingly, since Movi is a Tandberg product as is the Codian, there is no Far End Camera control to get into the meeting using the up / down / left / right arrows.  I say no more.  😉

You can get into a meeting if you know the ID number, or start a new meeting, using the DTMF keypad.

Movi DTMF Keypad

Movi DTMF Keypad

Anyway…the call worked fine, but, I suspect everyone was sleeping in France when I connected.  The picture below shows my video at the end of a round trip to Paris and back.

Video from a Codian MCU

Video from a Codian MCU

Very nice quality.  🙂

For jollies, I took a look at the call status.

Movi Call Status Screen

Movi Call Status Screen

You can see the connection was at 768 kbps both ways (gotta love the TracyVirtualOffice network!) and it was very good.

There is the ability see the video in full screen.  The next shot shows that.

Movi Full Screen Display

Movi Full Screen Display

Some Other Features

You can add a contact.

Easy to Add a Contact

Easy to Add a Contact

You can check the calls you have made.

Call History

Call History

You can set your bandwidth

You can adjust the desired bandwidth

You can adjust the desired bandwidth

There are also a self view, video mute, audio mute, a volume control, and a few other settings.

Interestingly, if I were to call Sean,  the centralized infrastructure handling this call, will ring all of Sean’s locations.  No matter where he is, he will be able to pick up the call.  How cool is that?  No more sitting in an office all day long, now you can go to the TracyVirtualOffice and the Tandberg infrastructure will find you!

What is Not Available

At this time, but, it may happen, you cannot do application sharing, and there is no chat.  There is also no far end camera control.  I say no more.  😉

In short, this is a video tool.

Summary

Movi is a very capable videoconferencing application.  It will include non-video collaboration tools as time goes on or demand dictates.  It interoperates easily with H.323 (and SIP) endpoints, and,  is easy to install and use.

My only concern is that this is, once again, a desktop videoconferencing application geared for the corporate user.  The single person, like myself, is left out.  Also no Mac version or Linux/Unix.  Only Windows.

Sean and I will connect next week so I can make a YouTube video….so check back for that!

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About Mike Pihlman

I am the Director of ForCarol.com a 501c3 non-profit that awards college scholarships to Tracy, CA scholars in honor of my daughter's best friend, and our part-time daughter, Carol Phan who we lost on Sept 18, 2010. I am a: Book Review (TracyReaderDad.com), Technology (TechyMike.com), and Movie Review (ForCarol.com) blogger.

Posted on May 22, 2009, in Product Reviews, VideoConferencing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the great review! Is there a price point for the Movi service?

  2. Thanks for commenting! Let me see if someone at Tandberg can give us pricing.

  3. Movi pricing depends on a number of different factors so it is best to contact a TANDBERG sales representative to discuss the right solution and appropriate pricing.

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