Introducing Video Source Shortcut & HMDI in
Put simply, Video Source Shortcut is a method for showing a video stream on the main display. It suits a BYOD meeting, whereby a user plugs their personal device into a system via HDMI
This is different from plugging a device directly into a display, like you would at home with your Sky box or Amazon Fire Stick - doing this would require you to manually change the source on the TV to view a different video stream. With our new feature, a video feed can automatically appear within another device’s video output
Shortcuts | Add and edit view
This is the view you’ll see when adding or editing a video shortcut. Let’s break down each section of the page:
- Source | This a dropdown list of video sources detected by the Windows system. The source selection is tied to a preview that will display the live video feed of the connected device.
- Auto-detect| This is an option whereby Launcher will automatically detect when a device is connected to the capture card and shows a video stream viewer on the meeting room display. (e.g. when a user connects their laptop via HDMI, like Cody in the earlier example, the laptop video feed will automatically show on the meeting room display). Similarly, when a device is disconnected, the video stream viewer will be hidden. This option can be turned on or off.
- Shortcut details | Like all other shortcuts, you’ll have the ability to name, choose a colour, and preview the shortcut.
In essence, the hardware configuration is the classic compute power + display + personal device, with a video capture card thrown in the mix.
However, let’s break down each piece hardware in more detail and they each relate to the video source shortcut function:
Windows 10 system | Receives the video stream being captured and passes it to an application with a video source viewer. This system is connected to the room display.
Room display | Displays video being output by the Windows 10 system.
Video capture card | Captures and processes a video stream. It captures video from a source (i.e. a laptop) and passes its video stream to the Windows 10 system.
Video source | Any device with a video output. For this particular feature, a laptop will be the most common device.
Note - By default, video sources will not have audio. In some cases, Launcher will be able to detect the associated audio device inferring it by the device name. In our tests, the audio detection worked for "Magewell USB Capture HDMI". We can not confirm compatibility with all video captures cards