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Using iSight in a large crowd
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Jan 13, 2004, 10:13 PM
I work for a company that is about to pull off a meeting in two differnet locations. We would like to set up a video link between the 2 locations so some of the speakers, etc could be broadcast from one site to the other & vice-versa. There are about 3000 people total, which will break down to 1700 at one location & 1300 at another. As of right now, they are talking about bringing in a "broadcasting truck" to set up an uplink & downlink to do that. What I would like to suggest is using the 2 macs that we have (everyone else uses Windows) to set up an iSight/Ichat link. Would the isight work in this kind of situation? I would like to be able to get some "shots of the corwds" to send back & forth & not just focus on 1 person. Would the isight be able to handle this? Also, how does it work over a DSL Line (We have a T1 at one facility, but only a DSL at the other)

Also, what about the audio? would you be able to hear the guest speakers over the isight, or is that pushing the capabilites a bit too much
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Jan 13, 2004, 11:07 PM
I think you can do it with ichat, in fact will be easier to put a digital video camera on a tripod and connect it to the mac, then someone can pan the camera to the croud and atach an extra micro so in the other side spekers connected to the mac.
You can use any firewire or ilink video camera not just the isight
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Jan 14, 2004, 12:58 AM
yah you could use a digital camera with ichat and probably get better quality. Broadband is of course a necessity and that can be up or down in bandwidth sometimes.

Sounds like a really fun project! Good luck!
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Jan 14, 2004, 02:44 AM
Originally posted by SeSawaya:

Sounds like a really fun project! Good luck!
Yah! Be sure to let us know how it plays out!
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Jan 14, 2004, 03:26 AM
As has already been said, use a firewire enabled camera, not the iSight. Make sure you use a separate mike as well, for decent sound
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