6 January 2021
Aveo System’s Mira Connect makes it even easier to use Zoom Rooms with Mira Connects latest software release.
Many Aveo Systems customers have already discovered that Mira Connect is an ideal way to manage their installed Zoom Rooms video conferencing systems.
Not only does Mira Connect offer a familiar and intuitive user interface for Zoom users, the user interface integrates control of the rest of the equipment in the room (including: displays, cameras, DSP devices, switchers and more) and streamlines a user’s collaboration tasks, making users more efficient in their rooms.
In Aveo Systems last Mira Connect release, they’ve made four significant enhancements and many smaller one for substantially improving user’s experiences with Zoom Rooms systems. Here’s a run down of them now…
A typical Zoom Rooms system is shown below with a HDMI input from a laptop connected to the Zoom Rooms system for wired content sharing, a camera, an optional DSP audio system, and one or more displays. An HDMI-to-USE interface is required to connect a wired HDMI input to the Zoom Rooms computer. For example, Logitech or Magewell HDMI-to-USB interfaces can be used.
But what if you have multiple wired content sources that you’d like to share? Using multiple HDMI-to-USE interfaces is just not practical or even possible.
Mira Connect Makes Sharing Multiple Content Sources Easy!
Users who have multiple content sources in their room, such as computers, document cameras, or other video sources that they’d like to share, can now use Mira Connect to route these sources directly through a video switcher and connect the video switcher output directly to their Zoom Rooms system using a single HDMI-to-USB interface, as shown below. Mira Connect controls each device in the room as shown by the dotted connection lines to make it easy for users.
While Mira Connect has always supported video switchers, Aveo has extended this support to select the desired source and automatically start Zoom content sharing with one press – making it much easier for the room users to focus on their meeting instead of the technology. To start content sharing when not in a meeting, users simple select the desired video sources, and the Zoom Rooms system will launch a sharing meeting automatically. Or, if already in a meeting, the selected content source will be shared automatically as shown on the sequence of Mira Connect screenshots below.
Partners can now configure Mira Connect using multiple HDMI outputs from a Zoom Rooms device that are connected to seperate displays in the room. This lets Mira Connect know it should power on the displays automatically when starting a Zoom call.
To use the additional display outputs, edit the displays ‘Video Inputs’ tab, click ‘Use Sources Connected to Other Equipment…’, and select the Zoom Rooms system and the desired display output: Display Output, Second Display, and Third Display Output. Select Display Output for your primary display or single monitor solutions.
If you system has more than three displays, perhaps for sharing the same output on multiple displays, Mira Connect makes that easy too with an HDMI distribution amplifier or video switcher for connecting the Zoom Rooms HDMI output to other displays. Here’s one example of taking the third output from a Zoom Rooms system to multiple displays. You can do this with any of the outputs, or even a single output, from a Zoom Rooms system based on how you’d like to send the video outputs for the Zoom Rooms device to multiple displays.
To make the Mira Connect user interface even more intuitive for users, the names of the Zoom Rooms channels can be fully customised, and content sharing options can be selectively enabled or disabled. For example, installers can customise the main video conferencing selection to be “ZOOM MEETING” instead of the previous value of “VIDEO CONFERENCE”. Installers can choose to not show the ‘Air Play’ or ‘Zoom Sharing’ options by unchecking those inputs.
Customising the labels makes it easier for users to understand what the selections mean and lets users be more efficient.
Users can now view the Zoom meeting information – including passcodes and dial-in information – directly from Mira Connect. Once a Zoom meeting has started, simply press the blue information circle to show the meeting information so you can share it with other people you want to invite to the meeting.
Users touch outside the meeting information to close the meeting information window.