Have you ever joined a meeting virtually where you couldn’t see the speaker’s face clearly? Where the speaker moved out of camera view and pointed to the screen or a whiteboard referring to something nobody outside of the room can see? It can be hard to follow conversational nuances or feel included if you can’t see what is going on. In the future, this hybrid environment of physical and virtual attendees will be the norm. How can we do a better job of increasing inclusivity for the virtual attendees?
That’s why Sennheiser and QSC have partnered to bring you the Q-SYS Automatic Camera Preset Recall plugin (available now in the Q-SYS Designer Asset Manager). Developed in-house at QSC and designed for use with the Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2 (TCC2) microphone and the Q-SYS Ecosystem, the plugin uses the proximity of the meeting participant’s voice in relation to the microphone and uses to automatically recall Q-SYS conference camera presets that you define for your specific space.
The plugin can work with up to four (4) Q-SYS conference cameras and ten (10) Sennheiser TCC2 microphones. Each microphone has a 360° pickup pattern that can be split up into (10) zones, allowing for optimal room design flexibility. The plugin also allows for fine tuning the switching behavior, switch delay, crosstalk detection, and default home position.
There are a few best practices to consider when deploying this plugin in your conferencing spaces. You want to make sure you capture the talker in the microphone’s pre-defined zone, so be sure your camera shot covers the entire zone. This is easier in rooms with fixed furniture, like a conference room or training room, as the talker has less space to move in. You also want to consider the way the talker will be facing (rear camera for front-of room presenters, front/display cameras for meeting participant. It’s also advised to keep the framing on your presets wide so that people of different heights and posture (chair leaners I’m looking at you) will always be in frame.
Recently QSC + Sennheiser highlighted this new plugin in a webinar using the TCC2 and Q-SYS conference cameras. You can watch it on demand here.
While you watch the webinar, here are some things to watch and listen for in the demo.
- The dynamic audio steering of the microphone
- Automated Camera Preset recall to active talkers
- Soft talkers vs. loud talkers
- How the microphone and camera handle minor interruptions differently
- Camera switching between front and side wall cameras
QSC is also excited to join Sennheiser for a new and exciting webinar on February 16th. Sennheiser will be introducing new features for the TeamConnect Ceiling 2, including TruVoicelift, advanced exclusion zones and priority zone, and QSC will be providing an overview of how to trigger pre-determined preset zones within a space based on a participant’s proximity to the microphone.