I am trying to come up with a solution to control the quality of installations of equipment performed by installers on the road. Ideally, We'd like a videoconference capability that allows the connection of a video camera for video playback. We want to have the installer take video of their work and then show it to a supervisor over a videoconference or web meeting session back at the home office.
The first possibility I can think of is a device like D-Link DVC-1000 i2eye device, but with RCA composite video jacks or s-video jacks in the back for an alternate video source. Then the video cam cam could be plugged into it and the input be switched from the built in lens to the video inputs.
The second possibility I see is a USB or Firewire video capture device connected to a laptop. The laptop could initiate a Webex, NetMeeting, gotomeeting.com or Akiva web conference meeting and simply open a window displaying the video playing off of the video cam.
I've already tested sharing desktops and playing video with NetMeeting and Akiva. If you play a video clip that's on the remote PC, NetMeeting's frame rate is maybe 1-2 fps. And the color resolution looked like 256 colors. Akiva was much better, useable I'd say. Akiva displayed maybe 3-10 fps which was enough to give a sense of motion. And color resolutions looked like thousands, not 256. We would not need audio sent over the conference, although it might be a nice plus. We only need a phone conference for the installer to explain what is showing on the video.