Setting up a small video confernce
Posted on 2004-04-12
I'm helping friends who run a small commitee, a few times a month they need to meet, except one member is hundreds of miles away and we'd like to video conference him in.
There will be a laptop on broadband at both end (Most probably XP based) so what I'm after is a suggestion on cameras, microphones and software.
I guess it needs to be a nice wide one for the end with about 6 people and a smaller angle one for the end with only one person. Equally, I guess a simple mic will do for the one person end, but what about for sitting in the middle of the table where there are 6 people? Avoiding feedback and them hearing themselves talking?
I'm also guessing that atleast one of the webcams will come with the required software?
Budget is fairly tight, so we're not talking industrial strength of the need for anything fancy like sharing applications, etc, just letting one guy be virtually present.
I know this is a wide question, so I'll give it all my points. I'm after experience and ideas on hardware :)