Brother OmniJoin video conferencing uses Opus codec

Brother joins the line of hardware-adding-services companies, but instead of a label-maker, the company now has the OmniJoin web and video conferencing service for desktops.   A spokesperson for the company says the service uses the Opus codec for both voice and video transmissions.

OmniJoin Online Meetings web conferencing, yet another cloud service (YACS), providers the ability to interact with and edit documents.  The standard, single-hosted version starts as $49 per month and allows up to 30 meeting attendees with up to 12 “video attendees.”    Moving up to OmniJoin Pro at $79 per month supports more total attendees and video attendees and there’s an OmniJoin Enterprise edition for larger organizations with inclusion of toll-free audio plan minutes and a priority support hotline.

The Opus codec is a royalty free codec that incorporates pieces of the SILK  and CELT codecs.  The latest specification was published by the IETF on May 17, 2012 and is currently in "draft status” with an expiration date of November 18, 2012.  Depending on who you talk to, Opus is better than the SILK codec and is able to scale from narrowband speech at 6 Kbpbs to high quality stereo music at 510 Kbps, with good compression of both speech and music; SILK is optimized for voice.

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