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New features and improvements in this release

The new features and enhancements included in Pexip Infinity version 14.1 are described below.

Version 14

Pexip Infinity platform

Feature Description More information
Layout improvements
  • We have increased the relative size of video images and reduced the amount of black space.
  • Thumbnails of participants entering the stage will now fade into place (previously they slid in from the side).
Selecting the layout seen by participants
Show main speakers' names

You can now configure Virtual Meeting Rooms and Virtual Auditoriums to show the name(s) of the participant(s) who are being shown in the main video. Names will be displayed at the bottom of the participant's video.

Showing the names of speakers

Live platform status overview

Pexip Live View (Status > Live View) is a new interactive graphical report that shows the current status of your deployment, including load on Conferencing Nodes and conferences taking place.

Minor changes have been made to the conference graph to align it with the new Live View.

Viewing live platform status

Viewing current conference status

Test call service

Pexip Infinity now includes a new Test Call Service. This provides a test loop that allows users to check the quality of their video and audio, and verifies that they can connect to the Conferencing Node.

On upgrade to version 14, a single default test service with the name "Test Call Service" and the alias "test_call" is automatically added to your system configuration. (If an existing conference or alias exists with those names, they will not be reassigned to the new service.) You can add further test services and aliases as necessary, and configure them via themes if required.

Configuring the Test Call Service
Certificate Signing Requests (CSRs) You can generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) from within Pexip Infinity, and then upload the returned certificate associated with that request. Certificate signing requests (CSRs)
Allow only registered devices to make Pexip Distributed Gateway calls

You can configure Call Routing Rules to only allow devices that are registered to Pexip Infinity to be able to make calls via the Pexip Distributed Gateway. This provides greater security and control over the devices that can use gateway resources.

Configuring Call Routing Rules
Local policy scripts

Local policy allows you to manipulate service configuration and media location data (that has been provided either via the external policy API, or has been retrieved from Pexip Infinity's own database) by running a jinja2 script against that data.

Local policy and external policy are configured via policy profiles (Call control > Policy profiles) and a policy profile is than assigned to a system location.

On upgrade to version 14, any existing external policy servers are converted into policy profiles.

Using external and local policy to control Pexip Infinity behavior
Dual network interfaces (NICs) for Conferencing Nodes You can configure a secondary network address on a Conferencing Node. If configured, this secondary address is used for signaling and media, and the primary address is used for inter-node communication. Conferencing Nodes with dual network interfaces (NICs)
Improved CSV import/export The existing CSV import/export utility for Virtual Meeting Rooms has been expanded to include all configuration options. Additional CSV import/export is now available for Virtual Auditoriums, Virtual Receptions, Automatically Dialed Participants, and device aliases.

Bulk import/export of service configuration

Bulk import/export of Automatically dialed participants (ADPs)

Bulk import/export of device aliases

H.264 High Profile codec support

Pexip Infinity now supports the H.264 High Profile codec. The H.264 High Profile codec can provide HD video quality with reduced bandwidth requirements on H.264 connections.

This codec is disabled by default. To enable the codec, go to Platform configuration > Global settings and, in the Codecs section, move H.264 High (mode 1) into the list of Chosen Codecs. For optimal interoperability results, only enable H.264 High (mode 1) — leave H.264 High (mode 0) in the Available Codecs list.

About global settings
RTMP dual stream support for Automatically Dialed Participants (ADPs) Automatically Dialed Participants (ADPs) can be configured with RTMP dual streams. Automatically dialing out to a participant from a conference
Skype for Business Video-based Screen Sharing (VbSS) *

Pexip Infinity now supports sending and receiving content to and from Skype for Business clients using VbSS.

This is a "tech preview" feature and is currently only supported when the Skype for Business client is either calling another endpoint via the Pexip Distributed Gateway, or calling into a Virtual Meeting Room or Virtual Auditorium.

Default: disabled.

Enable Lync / Skype for Business Video-based Screen Sharing (VbSS)
New alarm Pexip Infinity will raise an alarm if it detects that the underlying hardware appears to be over-committed. Viewing alarms
* Technology preview only

Infinity Connect Web App

The Infinity Connect Web App is embedded in the Infinity Connect software, so its features are updated with each release of Infinity Connect.

Following are the changes to the Infinity Connect Web App in Pexip Infinity version 14:

Feature Description More information
Screensharing quality setting Prior to joining a conference, you can set the frame rate to use when sharing your screen (supported in Chrome only). A lower frame rate will result in sharper images and is best for static presentations; a higher frame rate will be less sharp and is best for content where there is more motion. Using Infinity Connect via Google Chrome
Screensharing tabs When sharing your screen (supported in Chrome only), the available desktops and apps now appear in separate tabs. Sharing your screen