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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2000 - 7:28 pm:   

We are looking for the names of products or
sites for information regarding video
conferencing, and the prices of these
products, any help would be appreciated.
Danny Albers (Danny)
Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2000 - 9:54 pm:   

Ok, prices range from 200 bucks, to 200,000 bucks, what kind of needs do you have?
Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2000 - 11:24 pm:   

logitech is a good cam it come with all the software you need to hook up about $200.00
Posted on Sunday, July 23, 2000 - 9:59 pm:   

we are looking for business standard
products. Prices from about $500 to $10,000
Danny Albers (Danny)
Posted on Monday, July 24, 2000 - 5:58 am:   

OK, first things first, if you plan on using modems, stick to the 200-300 dollar gear.

You may want to choose firewire based cameras,for the higher framerates and image quality.

There are also many PC independant products, with features such as remote zoom and pan. These will start at around 10,000 so unless you have a real fancy board room and deep pockets, you will want to go with a PC based solution.

I think if you ran with any firewire camera, on a Pentium III (Pentium III's have specific instruct set routines strictly for video conferencing and capture applications) you will be able to stay within your budget and get alot better quality then the average 200 dollar deal.

As for product recommendations, 3Com made an awesome little firewire, video conference kit, but I no longer see it on their website.

If you can make a few phone calls and get a few prices and product models, I would be happy to check them out for you.

One other thing, get a higher end sound card, make sure it is PCI with full duplexing. Any of the SoundBlaster Live series will do this, including the value edition. You may want to look at higher end ones if you need more audio input ports.

Good luck
Posted on Monday, July 24, 2000 - 5:51 pm:   

thanks very much this information is very
Dave Kirkwood
Posted on Monday, February 5, 2001 - 7:04 am:   

I have a Pinnacle Studio Rave TV card. TV side works fine, I can even plug my camcorder into it and see myself. BUT.. even though it cames with Netmeeting v2.0 on the cd and says you can use it for video conferencing, I cannot set Netmeeting up to use it.
The section in Netmeeting where you select the video capture device is greyed out.
Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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