Datavideo's iCAST mini is a multimedia device designed for single-operator applications. From small scale corporate training sessions to mid-sized hybrid classrooms or conference halls, the iCAST mini is the perfect fit for your online presentation needs.
The iCAST mini is a newly innovative one-to-one, one-to-many and hybrid (online/offline) video productions. With the one-button-one-function feature on a unique and easy to use touch panel control, even novice users will be able to easily operate this device.
You don't need to learn complicated technologies about video production or hire a professional production team. You can take control of your own presentations with the iCAST mini.
Simply connect the power and the video sources, then leave the rest to the iCAST mini.
The most widely used platforms for hybrid classrooms are ZOOM, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet.
The iCAST mini is able to deliver the video along with the audio to the above-mentioned platforms via the UVC interface with a USB type C cable. You don't need to install drivers or perform any calibrations and extra device configuration. The iCAST mini allows you to stream footage from the classroom as well as the teaching materials to various locations so that students on the other end of the network will be able to learn in an engaging online classroom.
An intuitive graphical user interface on a 7 inch touch panel with an anti-fingerprint protection provides you with the best color screen view at any angles and operation experience.
Switch rapidly between your presentation and the camera input or overlay a PIP window on the program video. You can also swap between the program out video and the PIP image, thereby enhancing the quality of your presentation.
Using a real image as your key icon allows you to intuitively identify the camera view that is saved in the key. You can capture camera images and save them as thumbnail files which are in turn applied to icons of shortcut keys on the Home screen.
You can use these images as the icons for all four camera presets so that by simply pressing these preset keys, you will be able to return the camera to the pre-saved position from the current view.
With these still images as the icons, you don't have to recall what has been saved in the presets. By simply looking at these real images, you will be able to easily identify the saved PTZ settings.
Sometimes there is only a slight difference between the images so, you can use the device's built-in graphical icons for better identification. We've pre-saved hundreds of these icons on the device and compared to textual icons, they are more appropriate and intuitive.
Of course, these graphical icons can co-exist with the image icons. They not only simplify your workflow but also reduce the number of errors. They make your operation faster and easier each time.
Auto Tracking Mode
With Datavideo's PTC-145 (HD) or PTC-285 (4K UHD) Smart Auto Tracking PTZ camera, you will have a more pleasant experience in iCAST mini operations. Your only responsibility is to create a presentation and get the cameras ready.
The PTC-145 and PTC-285 series will be able to capture desired images with its advanced auto tracking function. You can pre-save camera settings for full, medium and close up shots so that the camera will automatically loads the desired image size for you.
Datavideo's PTC-145/285 Smart PTZ cameras allow you to switch between full body, half body and close up shots. Once the smart tracking function takes over, the camera will be able to more precisely determine the appropriate shots for your video production job.
When using the iCAST mini with Datavideo's BC-15P or other non PTZ cameras, you can hide the camera presets on the UI and simply display panes that allow you to switch between camera images and presentation contents which can be swapped with PIP images. In this way, the keys are enlarged to facilitate operations.
In addition to iCAST mini, Datavideo also provides various devices that offer different degrees of control over auto tracking on cameras.
If you need to rapidly enable/disable the smart camera's auto tracking function, you can use the supplied RMC-1 remote control, RMC-300A controller, RMC-180 MARK II controller with an RS-422 interface, PTC View Assist, TPC-700, etc for your applications.
If you would like to use a controller with the video switching function, available choices are KMU-200, SHOWCAST 100 and iCAST mini. They will make your video production workflow more complete.
A PID driven algorithm is able to adjust the pan, tilt and zoom tracks and speeds according to movements of the tracked object, thus mimicking smooth human operation of the lens and avoiding sudden acceleration or halt of the lens motion.
Using an Ethernet cable, you will be able to control Datavideo's PTC camera series via the RS-232/422 or DVIP interface, such as pan and tilt settings, image size, brightness, contrast, etc, making sure that the cameras always generate high quality images.
Adjustment of white balance, focus, iris and shutter
Four camera presets
Set the PIP window's size and position
Set the PIP window's border color
Set the PIP window's border size
With so much emphasis on video related functions, we did not forget about audio. Audio is an integral part of any production, and iCast mini is packed with important audio features.Three major audio features are integrated into the iCAST mini and they are audio mixing, mic input format setting and audio-to-video synchronization. They solve issues that you may have to encounter every day.
The audio mixer allows you to synchronize audio across multiple multimedia sources, and adjust sound balance for your audio channels in order to achieve the right levels for video recording. With the configurable channel type, you can set the audio channel to either stereo or mono for a more balanced MIC input. Lastly, you can also synchronize live video and audio. You might have an unpleasant experience in video lagging audio while viewing live videos via streaming. With built-in audio delay, you can now set the delays for your audio channels which is a one time job to ensure your video and audio are always in sync.
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