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