Have you ever noticed when you are on a video conferencing call that participants don’t all fill their frames the same way? This discrepancy occurs when some participants join from a conference room and others from a laptop or desktop computer. The people in the conference room are usually lumped together in one frame. The people joining the call from a computer or other personal device are closer to the camera, so their face fills the frame.

In an ideal meeting setting, you should be able to tell who is speaking and see individuals’ facial expressions. So how do you ensure participants can see a wide camera angle when necessary and then transition to a single talker filling the frame? The answer is better camera tracking, featured in enterprise-quality microphones like the MX920 from Shure.

Camera control systems can increase employee engagement

Organizations can use technology to improve every aspect of the work experience. That includes technologies that make meetings more engaging and productive. To solve the problem of being able to identify who is talking during a video call, look for a microphone-based camera control system.

Here are three ways a microphone-based camera control system can help:

  • Fast and reliable microphone activation. When a person in the room speaks, the Shure MXA920’s IntelliMix DSP activates microphone coverage immediately. This microphone has than 100 elements and advanced digital signal processing. That’s how the MXA920 can identify the location of multiple talkers simultaneously and report these to the camera system within 100 milliseconds. All while providing exceptional audio for speakers in the assigned coverage area. On-site participants enjoy true Audio Equity with attendees on the far end of a call.
  • Voices, not noises. The MXA920 uses state-of-the-art Voice Activity Detection to ensure that the microphone only responds to voices and not to random noises in the room. It filters out noises from someone typing on a keyboard or opening a bag of chips. Filtering prevents the camera from reacting to non-voice sounds and showing a person who is not speaking.
  • Choice of location information. Different room sizes, meeting formats, or camera systems may demand different levels of location accuracy. The MXA920 provides real-time indication of the coverage area where each talker is located. It also notes the pickup lobe that covers the speakers and X/Y/Z-axis coordinates for each talker’s location. This can allow a camera system to show the speaker within a general area, in a cluster of people, or individually. The view depends on the number of different camera angles available or other factors.

When natural interactivity is important, microphone-based camera control demands fast, accurate talker location data from the microphone system.

Whether you’re outfitting an executive board room or a university lecture hall, the MXA920 ceiling array microphone blends natural, intelligible audio with superior talker location information. This  enables automated camera tracking that enhances videoconferences.

Boost team collaboration with Shure and AVI-SPL

If a team can’t communicate clearly, members can’t collaborate to complete projects on time, if at all. To help hybrid teams communicate clearly and effectively, meeting spaces need quality audio technology as part of their video conferencing and collaboration systems.

The MX920 from Shure is easy to use and quick to deploy for AV conferencing, camera tracking, voice lift, or sound reinforcement. The MX920 is certified for use with Microsoft Teams and compatible with popular collaboration tools, making it a perfect solution for achieving accurate camera control.

If you are ready to upgrade your meeting spaces to reduce friction and create the best meeting experience, we can help. Contact AVI-SPL today.