The latest tech innovation from NVIDIA aims to improve video-conferencing platforms that are now in popular use as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis.
Leading tech solutions provider NVIDIA recently unveiled NVIDIA Maxine, a suite of tools that run on Artificial Intelligence. Providers or developers of video call applications or software can integrate NVIDIA Maxine’s capabilities to resolve certain performance issues being experienced by users of popular platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet and Skype.
As it is, the features and abilities of existing tele-conferencing platforms like Zoom can be affected by a location’s limited bandwidth. Performance can further be affected by other activities like streaming videos, playing with online games, by uploading as well as downloading large files, Since video calls are apparently becoming the new norm, providers and developers looking to upscale or to improve their services can harness the capabilities of NVIDIA Maxine.
What NVIDIA Maxine Offers as Enhancements or Improvements for Video Call Apps/Teleconferencing Platforms?
Performance as point of reference, means app or platform users can have seamless and fluid sound and images for their video calls. While background noise and poorly rendered images are the most common issues encountered, NVIDIA Maxine’s suite of tools include features that allow face alignment, face re-lighting and gaze correction, which are in addition to incorporating high-definition background image enhancements.
Other capabilities include noise removal, closed captioning, real time translation and even virtual assistants. Such capabilities run in full progress and in real time for cloud-based video streaming apps by way of NVIDIA GPUs.
Resolution upscaling includes capability not only to adjust camera focus that places a video call participant’s face in the center of the frame. The resolution can also reorientate a video call app user’s face; or if preferred, choose an AI avatar to display as image to reduce network usage.
NVIDIA Maxine also comes with a video compression tool that can reduce the bandwidth by as much as 90% of the bandwidth ordinarily required when making video calls. This denotes that those using data to connect can save on data usage in ways that will dramatically reduce costs.
Inasmuch as Maxine runs in the cloud, whilst harnessing NVIDIA’s Tensor Core GPU acceleration, apps integrated with NVIDIA’s Maxine platform can work on any computer or smart device without the need to install graphics cards.
Awesome even is that Maxine-supported apps can easily be deployed as microservices, capable of scaling hundreds of thousands of streams in an extensible open-source environment.