We are excited to announce the launch of the latest version of our Infinity self-hosted software, version 27. With every new version, our goal is to improve and enhance the following areas with new features and functionalities:
Version 27 is packed full of exciting new features that will enhance and improve your video meeting experience.
Delightful user experience
Far End Camera Control (FECC) – control others
In some scenarios, it's very useful to be able to adjust the camera of a remote conference participant. Endpoints that support FECC can now be controlled by a host participant using arrow keys and +/- (for zoom in/out) when controlling.
FECC - Control others
Far End Camera Control (FECC) – control me
Individual participants can now enable their own local camera for Far End Camera Control (FECC) i.e. they can allow their own camera to be controlled (pan/tilt/zoom) by a remote participant. In healthcare, a common use case would be a doctor talking to a patient and needing to ensure a better view of the patient.
FECC - Control me demo video
Presentation in mix
Looking for a better presenter engagement experience? When using Adaptive Composition, single-screen endpoints can now receive any presentation content as part of the layout mix (replacing some of the other video participants). If required, they can use DTMF commands to switch to receiving the presentation as a separate stream. This allows for a more immersive video meeting experience as the presenter is given a more prominent position in the screen layout.
Equally focused layouts
How can you make meetings more equitable? Our equally focused layouts give everyone in the video meeting the same screen space, empowering people to be seen and to engage in a better way.
- 9 main speakers (3 x 3 layout)
- 16 main speakers (4 x 4 layout)
- 25 main speakers (5 x 5 layout)
Equal layouts demo
Host participants on video endpoints can change the layout currently being used by the conference by sending Dual Tone Multi Frequency (DTMF) commands to the conference. The layouts that are available, and the DTMF keypad controls used to change the layout, are all customizable via themes.
New speaker focused layouts
- Small main speaker and up to 33 other participants (1 + 33 layout — this was a technical preview feature in v26).
1-33 layout demo
- Extended Adaptive Composition* (displays up to 23 video participants); this is a technical preview feature and it can only be enabled via the transforms functions in the Pexip client APIs.
Highlight active speaker
The ability to show the name of the active speaker is now available in the following layouts: Adaptive Composition, 2 x 2, 3 x 3, 4 x 4, 5 x 5, and 1 + 33.
Web background blur
Individual participants that are using a Chrome browser can now blur their own local background on the image they send to a conference from the Pexip Infinity Connect web app. *Coming to the desktop client very soon.
Significant WebRTC resilience improvements
- Significantly improved audio and video experience when connecting over a poor network or when network conditions changes.
- Constant analysis of network conditions to make the best decision of what bandwidth, frame rates and resilience technique to use.
Improving privacy & security
SAML integration / authentication
Now you are able to optionally require participants who are attempting to access an individual Virtual Meeting Room (VMR) or Virtual Auditorium in your deployment to verify their identity using Single Sign On (SSO) before joining the meeting. To do this, first you set up one or more Identity Providers, which are third-party services (such as ADFS, Azure AD or Okta) with which users authenticate using SSO. Then, you configure individual VMRs to require that Hosts, Guests, or both authenticate with the Identity Provider in order to access that VMR.
Other Security enhancements can be viewed here.
Enhancing our interoperability solutions
Enhancement of Pexip's Cloud Video Interop (CVI) integration with Microsoft Teams
- Scheduled scaling allows you to automatically scale up and down the capacity of your Teams Connector at different times of the day. This allows you, for example, to cater for increased demand during core working hours but just run a minimal capacity (and thus reduce running costs) at other times of the day.
- VTC participants can now use DTMF/keypad controls to control the meeting layout during an ongoing conference.
Other changes and improvements to the Teams Connector can be viewed here.
Improving the Admin experience
Installation wizard improvements
- Default values are now also offered for the hostname, domain name, DNS and NTP servers, if they are provided by DHCP.
- You can now use commas (as well as spaces) to separate the list of DNS and NTP servers.
For more information on all of the technical updates of this release, please visit our documentation site.