Opal enables guests to connect to the studio by simply clicking a link. Unlike Skype and other apps, the remote guest doesn’t install a thing – they just click a button, and go live. This simplicity means that guests with no technical background can connect and transmit HD audio.
Opal works by activating the Opus encoder built into commonly used browsers, including Chrome, Safari, Edge, Firefox, and Opera. As a result, Opal can connect to any computer, Android, or iOS device with one of those browsers installed. All a remote guest needs to transmit audio is a browser and a microphone.
Opus is a ubiquitous encoder that is built into commonly used browsers, including Chrome, Safari, Edge, Firefox, and Opera. Opus transmits high-fidelity, low delay audio in both directions. It uses very little network bandwidth, so it’s highly reliable.
Opal has a few requirements for setup on the studio end.
In order to be so simple for your guests, Opal requires some IT wrangling during installation. The studio Opal must have a Static IP with port forwarding, a domain name assigned to it through a registrar, and a valid security certificate. This is no trouble for a seasoned IT guy, or an engineer with a friendly IT department. But not everyone has these resources available.
So we’re developing Opal Cloud. Opal Cloud is a server, maintained by Comrex, that allows you to skip all of that IT configuration and maintenance – it makes Opal plug-and-play not just for your guests, but for you too.
Opal Cloud will be released as a firmware update, and will be available to use for a small subscription fee. (Because the server uses a data service, it costs us money to run and maintain – your subscription fee will go to paying for the data and helping us keep the server up and running.)