Patent Number: 7,043,528

Title: Systems and methods for connecting video conferencing to a distributed network

Abstract: A data capture module can be connected to a multi-point control unit managing a video conference session just as the end point of a participant to the video conference session is connected. The data capture module receives the video and/or audio digital data content just as the participating end points receive the video and/or audio digital data content, via a video conference standard protocol technique. The data capture module is connected to a streaming module, which may be connectable to many data capture modules, each acting as a pseudo-participant in a different video conference session. The streaming module converts and transmits the received digital data as a multicast to one or more unicast servers, which in turn transmit to zero, one, or more multicast clients via a multimedia streaming protocol technique.

Inventors: Schmitt; Matthew R. (Columbus, OH), Poolos; Nicholas A. (Columbus, OH)

Assignee: Starbak Communications, Inc.

International Classification: G06F 15/16 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/09/02018