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NVIDIA: Better video conferencing with the help of AI technology

With the outbreak of his pandemic COVID-19, most companies recommend to their employees the remote work. These new conditions imply different ways of communication between employees.

In particular, they have to make teleconferences almost on a daily basis to chat with their colleagues. If you belong to the category of people who work remotely, you will surely have a problem with the quality of the teleconferencing you do, as many platforms video meeting have features that alter both your face and your voice.

As with all videos streamed on streaming on the Internet (from YouTube until the Netflix), compression algorithms are used to reduce the required bandwidth, so that teleconferencing always takes place in real time, regardless of the speed of a user's internet service provider.

NVIDIA: Better video conferencing with the help of AI technology
NVIDIA: Better video conferencing with the help of AI technology

These algorithms use many tricks, from reducing color fidelity, to dropping frames and reproducing them later, to minimizing video resolution, which often leads people to appear to be calling from a webcam. 90s.

NVIDIA comes to facilitate your communication with others and help you hear more clearly by introducing a new AI-powered video-meeting platform for developers called "Maxine", which claims to fix some of the most important problems encountered by users in teleconferencing. Maxine is not a consumer platform but a toolkit for third-party companies to improve their software.

NVIDIA Maxine provides a range of features, including resolution upgrade and background noise removal. It can adjust the focus of the camera to place you in the center of the frame, reorient your face and add a virtual background. You can also have an avatar AI to replace your face in calls, while Maxine offers real-time subtitles and translation via NVIDIA Jarvis.

The company states that Maxine video compression can reduce the bandwidth required for calls by 90% compared to H.264 compression. Therefore, teleconferencing could "empty" much less data you in the near future. It also means that even if you have to video conference at smartphone With a bad download, it will look as good as if you were sitting at the desk with a fast, reliable connection.

AI-powered Maxine also uses NVIDIA Tensor Core GPU and runs on cloud. Therefore, you will not need exactly one of the latest NVIDIA graphics cards to take advantage of these features if your video calling option allows you to do so. They must work on any device.

The Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet already have some of these features, but the access on the Maxine platform could help them improve these features. AI developers, start-ups, software partners and applications can now request timely access to Maxine.

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