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What is the preferred setup for a Sony EVI-D70 video conferencing?

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Hello,

I would like to know if anyone has had any experience with setting up a Sony EVI-D70 DV camera for video conferencing and what is a preferred setup for the components to connect to a computer.  
I will be setting up a dedicated PC with Windows 7 for this purpose only and I will be connecting it to a projector.  I do not need to control the camera from the computer as the IR remote that it comes with should do the job just fine for my needs.  The camera will be mounted roughly 40-50 feet away from where the dedicated computer will be.  It seems that my only options would be to either use a standard composite connection or S-Video to the Sony camera.  Can both of these types of cables run the 50 feet that I would need it to without degraded quality?  Are there any recommendations on which capture card would work best for this type of setup?  I am also planning on primarily using Skype for the video conferencing so is there anything I should be aware of, such as any incompatibilities between Skype and the hardware to watch out for?

Any other advice that I could be missing on this would be appreciated.
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S-video has a higher resolution than composite, up to 400 lines versus 240 lines.  It uses separate chrominance and luminance signals, as opposed to a single signal, and in general, the more separate signals an analog source has, the higher the resolution.  50-ft s-video cables are common: http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?cat_id=2008&sku=02325&st=paidadvert%2050ft%20svideo

The composite signal should be decent, given the source.  I would recommend the Hauppauge cards for capture, as they have a history of good products.  You shouldn't need to worry about the camera; it's the high definition ones that might have problems.
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So will Skype be able to interact with the Sony EVI-D70 just fine or will there have to be other software installed in order to properly make them work together?  Excuse my ignorance, I am not that familiar with what Skype is compatible with, but I know that it is a necessity in my situation to have Skype capabilities.  

So far I am leaning towards the Hauppauge ImpactVCB-e 01381 capture card with the eVGA GeForce 6200 PCI video card so I can run S-Video from the Sony camera to the Hauppauge capture card, then another S-Video cable from the eVGA video card to my S-Video IN on my projector.  I'm not worried about audio at this particular time since we will just be using our current Polycom setup for audio only.
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Skype is compatible with many cameras, since it will work with onboard laptop cams, as well as USB cams.  You can read more about it here: http://techtips.salon.com/video-work-skype-3145.html

If your projector has a VGA input, it's better to use a video card with two VGA outputs, since those have higher resolution and perform their own scaling, and you can upgrade to an HD camera in the future with no other change.
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