Configure Video Input Settings

You can customize your video input settings, such as enabling connected cameras, adjusting camera orientation, or specifying whether people or content display on connected monitors.

Note: Settings that don’t apply to the selected video input are not displayed. For example, settings specific to a particular camera do not display if it isn’t connected to your system.

Procedure

  1. In the system web interface, go to Admin Settings > Audio/Video > Video Inputs.
  2. Configure the following settings and select Save.

    Setting

    Description

    Model

    Displays the type of device using the video input port.

    Name

    Displays the default name of the video input, or enter your own name for the device.

    Display as

    Identifies whether the video input is used for People or Content. The selection you make here determines the available settings for the device in the embedded interface. For example, a People source has pan, tilt, zoom, and near/far camera control settings, while a Content source has different settings.

    Input format

    Specifies the source type of the device. This setting is read only unless the system does not detect the device.

    Optimized for

    Specifies Motion or Sharpness for the video input.

    • Motion— Gives preference to frames per second over resolution. For the input from the connected source, selects 720p60 over 1080p30.
    • Sharpness— Gives preference to resolution over frames per second. For the input from the connected source, selects 1080p30 over 720p60. The picture will be sharp and clear, but moderate to heavy motion at low call rates can cause some frames to be dropped. Sharpness is available in point-to-point H.263 and H.264 calls only. It is required for HD calls between 512 Kbps and 2 Mbps.

    Tracking Mode (Polycom EagleEye Director Camera)

    Specifies the type of camera tracking:

    • Voice—Locates and frames the speaker. When another speaker starts talking, the view switches from the first speaker to the room, then to the next speaker.
    • Direct Cut—Tracks directly from speaker to speaker if silence intervals are less than 3 seconds. You must recalibrate the left camera when you select Direct Cut mode.

    If camera tracking has not been calibrated, Tracking Mode is unavailable.

    Note: Only available when you have installed an EagleEye Director camera.

    Tracking Speed (Polycom EagleEye Director Camera)

    Determines how quickly the system finds someone new and switches to that person. The room environment can have an influence on the speed of locating new speakers in the room.

    Note: Only available when you have installed an EagleEye Director camera.
    Backlight Compensation

    Specifies whether to have the camera automatically adjust for a bright background. Backlight compensation is best used in situations where the subject appears darker than the background.

    White Balance

    Specifies how the camera compensates for variations in room light sources. Select Auto, Manual, or a color temperature value.

    • Auto—Polycom recommends this setting for most situations. It calculates the best white balance setting based on lighting conditions in the room.
    • Manual—Use this setting for rooms where the Auto and fixed values do not provide acceptable color reproduction.

      After you set the White Balance to Manual, fill the camera’s field of view with a flat white object, such as a piece of paper. For best results, the object should be uniformly illuminated with light that is representative of the room lighting that will be used in the conference, rather than light from a display, another area, or a shadow. After the object is in place, click Calibrate.

    • Color Temperature Value—The color temperature values, measured in degrees Kelvin, correspond to the color of ambient light in a room. Because the available color temperature values vary by camera, this list is a sampling of some of the values you might see in the interface:
      • 3200 K (warm office fluorescent)
      • 3680 K (tungsten bulb)
      • 4160 K (cool office fluorescent)
      • 5120 K (neutral daylight)
      • 5600 K (cool daylight)
    Brightness

    Provides a slider to adjust how bright the image is.

    Color Saturation

    Provides a slider to adjust how saturated the color is.

    Tracking Mode (Polycom EagleEye Producer Camera)

    Specifies the tracking mode:

    • Frame Speaker—This is the default setting. During a conference, this mode frames the active speaker, then when someone else starts speaking, the camera view changes to frame the new speaker. Note that when the tracking mode is set to Frame Speaker and the local microphone is muted, the camera tracking mode automatically switches to Frame Group.
    • Frame Group —Enables automatic locating and framing of participants in the room without displaying camera motion between frames.
    • Frame Group with Transition—Enables automatically identifying and framing all individuals within the camera field of view and framing of the participants in the room.
    • Off—Disables automatic tracking. All camera control must be handled manually.
    Note: Only available when you have installed an EagleEye Producer camera.

    Tracking Speed (Polycom EagleEye Producer Camera)

    Specifies the tracking speed. The room environment can have an influence on the speed of locating new speakers in the room.

    • Slow—Detects meeting participants at a slow speed rate.
    • Normal—This is the default tracking speed. Detects meeting participants at a normal speed rate.
    • Fast—Detects meeting participants at a fast speed rate.
    Note: Only available when you have installed an EagleEye Producer camera.

    Framing Size (Polycom EagleEye Producer Camera)

    Specifies the framing view:

    • Wide—Establishes a wide view of meeting participants.
    • Medium—This is the default group framing view. Establishes a medium view of meeting participants.
    • Tight—Establishes a close-up view of meeting participants
    Note: Only available when you have installed an EagleEye Producer camera.