Installation and Troubleshooting Guide for Cisco Unified Video Advantage Release 2.0
Overview of Cisco Unified Video Advantage
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Overview of Cisco Unified Video Advantage

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Overview of Cisco Unified Video Advantage

Overview of Cisco Unified Video Advantage

Cisco Unified Video Advantage Software Components

Cisco Unified Video Advantage Hardware and Software Requirements

Hardware Requirements

Software Requirements


Overview of Cisco Unified Video Advantage


This section provides an overview of Cisco Unified Video Advantage and includes the following topics:

Overview of Cisco Unified Video Advantage

For information about using the Cisco Unified Video Advantage software, refer to the Cisco Unified Video Advantage User Guide, which is available from the Cisco Unified Video Advantage link online: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/voicesw/ps5662/tsd_products_support_series_home.html

Cisco Unified Video Advantage Software Components

Cisco Unified Video Advantage Hardware and Software Requirements

Overview of Cisco Unified Video Advantage

Cisco Unified Video Advantage brings video telephony functionality to the all video-enabled Cisco Unified IP Phones including Cisco IP Communicator. The Cisco Unified Video Advantage software coupled with the Cisco VT Camera (a USB camera) allows a personal computer (PC) connected to a Cisco Unified IP Phone to add video to phone calls without requiring any extra button-pushing or mouse-clicking. When registered to Cisco Unified CallManager, the Cisco Unified Video Advantage-enabled Cisco Unified IP Phone has the features and functionality of a full-featured IP videophone. Call features like call forward, transfer, conference, hold, and mute are available with video — and are all initiated through the Cisco IP Communicator or Cisco Unified IP Phone. Cisco Unified Video Advantage is intended for desktop-to-desktop IP video telephony environments, not as a general purpose video conferencing solution for use in conference rooms.


Note In this document, references to Cisco Unified IP Phones include all video-enabled Cisco Unified IP Phones as well as Cisco IP Communicator. See the Cisco Unified IP Phone documentation for the latest information about which phone models support video. The Cisco Unified IP Phone documentation is available at the following URL: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/phones/ps379/tsd_products_support_series_home.html



Note For information about using the Cisco Unified Video Advantage software, refer to the Cisco Unified Video Advantage User Guide, which is available from the Cisco Unified Video Advantage link online: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/voicesw/ps5662/tsd_products_support_series_home.html


Cisco Unified Video Advantage Software Components

The Cisco Unified Video Advantage software includes the following major components.

Component
Description

Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) Driver

The CDP driver transmits and receives device information so that the Cisco Unified Video Advantage software can determine the IP address of the Cisco Unified IP Phone to which it is connected and associate to that phone.

Cisco Unified IP Phone firmware

Firmware release that supports video on the Cisco Unified IP Phone.

Note For information about specific phone models and firmware releases, refer to the release notes for the phone model you are using. Release notes for the Cisco Unified IP Phones are available at this URL: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/phones/ps379/prod_release_notes_list.html.

Cisco Unified Video Advantage Win32 Application

This application performs the following functions:

Enables and manages the video window display

Communicates with the Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) driver

Communicates with the Cisco Unified CallManager using a Cisco IP Phone as an Skinny Client Control Protocol (SCCP) proxy

Discovers the associated Cisco Unified IP Phone using CDP

Connects to the Cisco Unified IP Phone using the Cisco Audio Session Tunnel (CAST) protocol

Indirectly communicates with Cisco Unified CallManager and remote endpoints via CAST messages sent to the Cisco Unified IP Phone

Responds to events from a Cisco Unified IP Phone

Creates and manages system tray icons

Creates and displays the system tray popup messages for status feedback to the user

Software Video Decoders and Encoders

Includes: H.263 and H.264


Cisco Unified Video Advantage Hardware and Software Requirements

This section details the hardware and software requirements for Cisco Unified Video Advantage.

Hardware Requirements

Cisco Unified Video Advantage requires the following hardware:

Cisco VT Camera

Personal Computer (PC)

Cisco Unified IP Phone or Cisco IP Communicator

Cisco VT Camera

Must be installed and connected to the PC on which the Cisco Unified Video Advantage software is installed. For more information about setting up the Cisco VT Camera, see the "Setting Up the Cisco VT Camera" section on page 3-8.


Note In this document, references to the Cisco VT Camera include both the Cisco VT Camera and the Cisco VT Camera II.



Note The Cisco VT Camera II meets all European Union RoHS compliance requirements.


Personal Computer (PC) on which the Cisco Unified Video Advantage Software is Installed.

Must meet these specifications:

PC Feature
Requirement

Operating system

Cisco Unified Video Advantage operating alone or with Cisco IP Communicator

Windows 2000 Professional with service pack 4.0 or later

Windows XP Professional with service pack 2.0 or later

CPU

Cisco Unified Video Advantage using H.263

1.9 GHz or higher Pentium IV or compatible processor (Streaming SIMD Extensions support required)

Cisco Unified Video Advantage using H.264

2.4 GHz or higher Pentium IV or compatible processor (Streaming SIMD Extensions support required)

Preferred CPU for all Cisco Unified Video Advantage installations

2.8 GHz or higher compatible processor recommended

System memory

256 MB RAM minimum, 512 MB RAM or more recommended

Free disk space

100 MB free disk space for Cisco Unified Video Advantage operating alone

200 MB free disk space for Cisco Unified Video Advantage operating with Cisco IP Communicator

USB port

At least 1 free USB (1.1 or 2.0 compliant) port

Video display

Video capable graphics card at 800x600x16 bit screen resolution, 1024x768x16 bit or better recommended

Network

10/100 Mbit Ethernet NIC


Cisco Unified IP Phones

Cisco Unified Video Advantage is supported on the Cisco IP Communicator and all video-enabled Cisco Unified IP Phones.

For information about specific phone models and firmware releases, refer to the release notes for the phone model you are using. Release notes for the Cisco Unified IP Phones are available at this URL: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/phones/ps379/prod_release_notes_list.html.

For more information about configuring the phones for Cisco Unified Video Advantage, see the "Configuring Cisco Unified IP Phones for Cisco Unified Video Advantage" section on page 2-9.


Caution Cisco Unified Video Advantage is not supported on Cisco Unified IP Phones running SIP protocol. They are only supported on Cisco Unified IP Phones running SCCP protocol.

Software Requirements

Cisco Unified Video Advantage requires the following software:

Cisco Unified Video Advantage software

Cisco Unified CallManager

Cisco Unified Video Advantage Software

Must be installed on the PC along with Cisco IP Communicator or on the PC connected directly to the Cisco Unified IP Phone. For more information about installing Cisco Unified Video Advantage, see the "Installing the Cisco Unified Video Advantage Application" section on page 3-10.


Caution In order for the Cisco VT Camera to operate properly, the PC on which it is installed must have Microsoft DirectX 9.0c installed.

Cisco Unified CallManager

The minimum Cisco Unified CallManager version required for Cisco Unified Video Advantage is used with a physical Cisco Unified IP Phone is Cisco Unified CallManager Verision 4.0(1) Service Release 2.

The minimum Cisco Unified CallManager version required for Cisco Unified Video Advantage to interoperate with Cisco IP Communicator is Cisco Unified CallManager Version 4.1(3), Service Release 1.

Cisco Unified Video Advantage requires Cisco Unified CallManager to handle video call processing on the Cisco IP Phones. For more information about configuring Cisco Unified CallManager for Cisco Unified Video Advantage, see the "Configuring Cisco Unified CallManager for Cisco Unified Video Advantage" section on page 2-6.