Video collaboration service

QCIF operates a large-format video collaboration system based on Access Grid which enables communication among dispersed groups and allows group-to-group and multi-group two-way video and sound. Meetings can be between two locations – or can have more than a dozen different sites attending. It can be used on a personal basis but is particularly well-suited to larger installations requiring more advanced audio/video capabilities that are needed for large groups.

System benefits include:

  • Audio control includes a mixer for balancing sound levels amongst meeting participants
  • Video and audio services are highly configurable, allowing rapid switching between optimal configurations for different usage requirements
  • Network traffic can make use of multicast capability (or unicast)
  • Connection to EVO-based facilities is available via a communications bridge
  • Desktop Streaming allows sharing of presentations, documents, web pages and computer program displays for enhanced collaboration
  • Shared files for easy data transmission during a meeting
  • Shared control via virtual network computing
  • Text chat within a meeting for instant written communication
  • Configurable for low-bandwidth use
  • Remote maintenance of operations


Most modern hardware should perform adequately for a modest Access Grid node, such as a single or few-user installation, where a single high-grade machine may prove sufficient. As with many applications which involve video acquisition and display, the more RAM and the higher grade the machine's video card/s, the better. For larger room sizes – which may require multiple cameras and microphones, as well as three (or more) displays – it is recommended to use multiple machines to take care of the displays and audio and video capture services.
There are more than 30 Access Grid nodes in Australia and more than 200 around the world. Queensland universities with dedicated AccessGrid rooms and technical support include UQ, QUT, CQU, and JCU.

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Video Collaboration

At the heart of the global eResearch initiative is the need for enhanced collaboration. Researchers in different geographical regions need to be able to communicate effectively and share data in order to further their research outcomes. QCIF provides free video collaboration systems for researchers throughout Australia.


For large scale group video conferencing we recommend the AccessGrid service. AccessGrid video conference rooms are located at most Australian universities. The AccessGrid group collaboration service allows large-scale communication among dispersed groups requiring more advanced audio/video capabilities. These solutions provide researchers the ability to interact in an environment that facilitates teamwork and culminates in world-class research.

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Video conferencing etiquette

It is also suggested that users have a read of Video Conferencing Etiquette.

The effectiveness of video conferencing can be influenced by many factors, one of which is the way participants interact with each other and the technology during collaboration. Certain behaviours during a video conference can be distracting to a speaker or other participants. First time users often are unaware of this.

This etiquette guide provides tips and other useful information to participants of video sessions to ensure greater conferencing experiences.



For Industry

QCIF Industry Innovation Program

QCIF straddles the business and research worlds creating opportunities for accelerating innovation. Our industry innovation program fosters and develops computationally-based projects between industry, government and member universities. The collaborative projects bring together university member research and computational expertise, and industry domain experience, to address complex challenges.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Applications where government and business can immediate rapid benefit from large-scale computation, data management, analysis and visualisation
  • Research teams to collaborate with government and business identifying opportunities and scoping the application of their research
  • New research initiated as a result of issues identified during R&D projects conducted for industry and government
  • Research transitioned to commercial and government utilisation through QCIF experience and “foundry” processes
  • QCIF R&D project management and software engineering skills to adapt research into profitable applications where necessary
  • Government and industry recruitment of graduates with the skills to take prototypes of advanced applications into production

The innovation program is aimed at all types of businesses from Small Medium Enterprises through to large mutli-nationals. QCIF may provide some seed funding and can help identify funding sources to leverage business investment in the program.
For more information regarding the program please contact:

Gavin Kennedy

Outreach and Engineering Manager

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Mob: 0413 337 819

Ph: +617 3138 1588


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