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Progress Update on VC Recommendations. PPNCG report by Geoff Fayers available: http://ppewww.ph.gla.ac.uk/vcrec These are Entry-Level Products. MBone Tools on the LAN. 10Mbit Ethernet. LAN Analyzer. No. packets/s Kbytes/s. Simulate a VC on a private LAN - act as a baseline

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Progress update on vc recommendations

Progress Update on VC Recommendations

PPNCG report by Geoff Fayers available:

http://ppewww.ph.gla.ac.uk/vcrec

These are Entry-Level Products

R. Hughes-Jones Sep 1998


Mbone tools on the lan

MBone Tools on the LAN

10Mbit Ethernet

LAN Analyzer

No. packets/s

Kbytes/s

  • Simulate a VC on a private LAN - act as a baseline

    • Two 350 MHz Pentium II with the Winnov Videum pro cards and camera

      ( 350 MHz Pentium II ensure CPU power not an issue >166MHz is fine )

    • vic (video) & rat (audio)Get the kit from http://www.video.ja.net/mice

  • Two way Video, One way Audio

  • Change Compression methods and parameters

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Rat on the lan

rat on the LAN

Prim GSM GSM GSM GSM GSM LCP LCP

Sec none GSM GSM GSM GSM none LCP

Duration ms 20 20 40 80 160 20 20

The amount of audio in the packet

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Rat encoding

rat Encoding

  • Suppress Silence

  • Audio sent one way

  • dvi, gsm, lcp have sec. encoding

  • Piggy back audio recovery

    • no. packets same

    • size increase ~20-30 bytes

  • All send ~ 800ms data per sec

  • Network load agrees with rule-of thumb bit rates

  • RTP overhead 96 bits

  • Win with more ms / packet

  • gsm sounds OK

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Vic on the lan

  • Packet rates & Kbytes depend on movement

  • No large & small packet sizes

  • CIF ie ~10cm video pictures

vic on the LAN

Action :adjusttalking move head rub eye talk clap write

Frames/s: 16 20 20 30 30

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Vic lan analysis

vic LAN Analysis

  • Used H261 and CIF in the tests

  • Traffic VERY dependent on movement

    • sudden action~100 kB/s

    • moving50-60 kB/s

    • just talking40-50 kB/s

    • no movement<10 kB/s

  • Packet size:

    • little movement600-700 bytes

    • general movement800-900 bytes

  • Did not see an increase in pkts/s as no. frame/s was increased

  • ( Claimed to be due to WinNT OS calls - we should try with Win95 to see )

TOTAL network load:

40kByte/s video

3 kByte/s audio

Say~400 kbit/s total

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First london to manchester tests remember this is entry level kit

First London to Manchester TestsRemember this is Entry Level Kit

  • Used the production network: LAN-Campus-SuperJANET-Campus-LAN

  • vic : H261 and CIF ( Man 25 - 75 % load on ethernet)

  • rat : gsm+gsm, suppress silence, full duplex and Net mutes mike

  • Video quality good when cameras tuned, but its NOT full screen!

    • Set the white level

    • Have plenty of light and adjust the contrast - don’t point at a window

    • Check the focus

  • Audio Manchester -> London very good

  • Audio London -> Manchester lost second section of sentence

  • Had speakers at Manchester, Headphones at London

  • First report from PPNCG is ready.Further work in progress!

R. Hughes-Jones Sep 1998


Stop press more tests

Stop Press - More Tests

  • Tried :Man - ICas reported above

  • Man - UCLMan - GlaGla - UCL

  • Video : Worked fine “out of the box” in all cases.

  • Audio : This is more difficult :

  • Man to UCL1 Octv. Lower

  • UCL to Man1 Octv. Higher

  • Wanted to run the system

    • hands free

    • use speakers not headset

Could be a problem with the interface clocks.

  • Used rat options :

  • net mutes mike

  • suppress silence

  • mikes un-muted

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Progress update on vc recommendations

London talks

Encode

Encode

Decode

Decode

Manc. Speakers

send

send

Cut off

Manc. mike

  • What might be happening to cut off sentences :

  • Find with “push to talk” “suppress silence” blanks out parts of the dialogue.( Probably the input audio drops below the send threshold. )

  • Conclude (so far) we should use :

    • full duplex

    • no suppress silence

    • push to talk

    • care with mike volume. Keep it low to prevent clicks in the sound.

  • Further work :

    • Test head sets

    • Test with CERN Virtual Room Do you want / have to buy now?

R. Hughes-Jones Sep 1998


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