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Blog entry by Chris Davis posted 04-10-2008 03:18 PM 2330 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 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 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 ( 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 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.!current-projects/c3c1

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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.!current-projects/c3c1

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

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

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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!!


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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

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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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#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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#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,

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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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