Cisco announces video search

Cisco has announced the release of a range of hardware and software which aims to make video content easier to produce and access in the workplace.

As part of an overall strategy to improve communications within businesses, Cisco will be offering ways to quickly create content, as well as adding features such as being able to search within videos themselves, with the ability to jump instantly to a specific word or speaker rather than trawl through hours of yawn-inducing footage.

The ingenious search capabilities work by Cisco’s MXE 3500 Media Experience Engine automatically tagging words and speakers in video footage. 

A new browser interface means that features such as adding watermarks or customised graphic overlays are easier to perform, says Cisco, with the MXE 3500 expected to see release during the second quarter of 2011.

The release of the Telepresence Content Server 5.0 means that Cisco’s customers will be able to access to ‘end-to-end’ recording and streaming at high resolutions of 1080p at 30 fps, or 720 at 60 fps, and is expected to be available across the globe from March.

A new TelePresence System 1300 Series has also been released with a 47-inch LCD that will support the TelePresence Touch 12-inch interface, which in turn will operate with a number of other display products.

The Touch interface will allow users to simply view meeting information, share content and consult a shared directory, and is slated for widespread release at some point this summer.

Cisco will also be releasing  the Unified IP Phones 8941 and 8945 which will contain a built-in video camera that will enable high-quality (VGA) video communications, alongside a 5-inch high-resolution display, as it continues its emphasis on video technology across all platforms.