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Blog entry by Chris Davis posted 04-10-2008 03:18 PM 1936 reads 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that I’ve been working for the past 9-10 months. I posted a Blog ( see www.lumberjocks.com/jocks/wwbeds/blog/1388) about this 280 days ago when I was just experimenting with this “tool”. Since that time I’ve pretty much kept it on each day. I would have times when my computer would be down or something like that. But earlier when that would happen the people viewing it would lose the video all together. Now I have it to go back to the previous recorded segment.

Another thing that I’ve done was to add 3 more camera. These are fixed cameras mounted at different places in the shop. I have a switching box in a central location so I can change the views of the cameras. I still have a tripod mounted camera that allows me to zoom in and get more details if needed.

I have also added a computer program that allows me to do special effects to the video stream. I can add a scroll at the bottom of the screen. This allows me to describe what I am working on. Most of my customers would have no clue if I was working on their project or something else. The program also allows me to show my computer screen. This is handy if I am designing something in my CAD program and working with a customer on the screen (see this recorded video http://ustream.tv/recorded/cR3kBHfzIjA0z2fvMkXEJIzqTgbjKgF). Still working on that. It is cutting off part of my screen. Another use that has helped me work with customers is on placement of certain decorative item on a piece of furniture. This video (http://ustream.tv/recorded/9UrGAdglOOKOHAzmCfIOxg) shows how I worked out a misunderstanding on the placement of some blocks on the face of a Murphy bed.

It is still a work in progress. I plan on adding a large monitor screen in the shop so I can view the web page in real time. I have the capability of adding a chat box to the screen that way customers can type a message and I can just respond by talking to the camera.

My customer view it on my Current Projects link at my web site www.wwbeds.com where I post both video and still pictures.

If anybody has any ideas on how to improve, promote, or use this system let me know.

-- Watch live video from our shop. http://wwbeds.com/live.htm



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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-10-2008 03:20 PM

Hi Chris,

Didn’t realize that you had posted this as a blog too. I commented on this on the projects page.

This is a nice idea.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Chris Davis

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#2 posted 04-10-2008 03:22 PM

I posted this after the project page was posted.

-- Watch live video from our shop. http://wwbeds.com/live.htm

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Eric

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#3 posted 04-10-2008 04:14 PM

Hey this is very cool! I think I’ll watch a while…

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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dustygirl

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#4 posted 04-10-2008 04:41 PM

Wow…. How do you find anything? ha ha ha

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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Callum Kendall

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#5 posted 04-10-2008 06:57 PM

Cool idea!!

Callum

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gator9t9

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#6 posted 04-13-2008 09:19 AM

I tuned in on Sunday and the guy there was reading the paper and watching Nascar …..hmmmmm

i will check youse guys out on Monday morn …make sure the coffee is hot ..

Mike in Bonney Lake

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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sandhill

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#7 posted 04-22-2008 05:47 AM

I don’t think I could work with knowing people were watching me I would feel as though I was under a micoscope.

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motthunter

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#8 posted 04-22-2008 11:52 AM

cool… most of these camera systems are used for more steamy activities… Glad to see this one isd being used for good…

-- making sawdust....

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 04-23-2008 03:30 PM

This is the first time that I have been able to catch you in action. If I get online in the evening, you are done for the day.

This is very cool.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#10 posted 04-23-2008 07:34 PM

It must be lunch time! Very neat idea.

-- Bill, Florida

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