Practical Videoconferencing Examples
ViDe Videoconferencing Cookbook
VCON vPoint Overview
VCON vPoint software can be used in conjunction with the VCON Vigo USB hardware client for accelerated
video handling, or as standalone software with a standard USB or firewire camera. vPoint also incorporates
H.239 for simultaneously sending and receiving video and data streams and supports encrypted conferences
using the H.235 encryption standard. vPoint includes H.264 video compression.
vPoint HD  for more information.
Starting the Application
First, go to the "Start" menu and select VCON
vPoint from the programs section. A video window will open with your
image from your camera.
Before making your calls, use this window to position yourself and the camera
to give others a good conversational view. Also, focus the camera at this
time, if necessary.
Establishing The Connection
To make a call, you can enter your dialing information (IP number, E.164 number,
or MCU conference) in the bar
and click the button.
This bar will also contain recently dialed numbers in a menu from
which you can choose. Clicking on the icon
will bring up a dial pad.
You can enter your dialing information via this keypad if preferred. In general,
you will use this to choose the bandwidth of the call, choose an audio-only
call, or bring up the help facility via the icon.
Using the Drawer
Preferences and tools are available in the vPoint drawer. The drawer is accessible
by clicking on the icon.
This will expand out small windows to the right of the interface. The first
drawer can be used for setting up or accessing your directory,
The next drawer is available for editing call settings and other vPoint preferences.
The third drawer is useful for checking the vital signs on your conferences.
Upon acceptance of your call, the interface will contain the image of the
person you called.
Adjusting the Video and Audio
Most USB or Firewire cameras are focused by rotating the lens itself or a ring around the lens.
If using a VCON Vigo, the camera may have a purple dial around the lens to focus
the picture. Be sure to place yourself in the center of the view and have
good lighting. To adjust your cameras video, click on Hardware menu in the Settings drawer.
There are several ways to adjust the volume. If using the VCON Vigo, the
camera stand has volume up and volume down buttons.
You can also use the slider
bar in the lower right portion of the interface. Another feature
that you will want to familiarize
yourself with is the muting button. The VCON Vigo camera stand has a mute button on it
and there is an icon on the interface that will mute the audio coming
from your site. Simply click the microphone icon and
a red line appears across the icon showing that you are muted. The
audio segment of the Hardware menu also contains other audio options.
Closing the Connection
Closing the connection is simple. At any time, you can press the button
from the remote video window. A warning will appear asking if you are sure
you want to disconnect. Select yes, and your connection will terminate.
Dont forget to say "Goodbye!"