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Good day,

 

Has anyone tried HTPC with Skype?

I'm considering installing a web-cam on the 50" TV and connect it to HTPC.

Which web-cam would you suggest for decent viewing angles and a microphone that I don't have to yell at sitting ~2.5m away to be heard?

 

Thank you.

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i actually use a Sanyo HD camcorder I bought for scuba diving. I have a tripod for my dslr, so I stick the camcorder on that.

theres a PC version of the kinect right? I know that you can plug the xbox version into a computer, but I think most of the functionality of it was disabled (since the PC version costs more than the Xbox)

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i actually use a Sanyo HD camcorder I bought for scuba diving. I have a tripod for my dslr, so I stick the camcorder on that.

theres a PC version of the kinect right? I know that you can plug the xbox version into a computer, but I think most of the functionality of it was disabled (since the PC version costs more than the Xbox)

 

 

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How is the audio quality with the Sanyo?

 

Is there anything less expencive than Kinect?

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AFAIK, the best one out there is the Logitech C920; I got it this last Christmas. People I skype to say it is night and day compaired to a previous best, the Orbit AF.
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If you don't want to spend that much, I can attest that the Logitech C615 is a great webcam as well. It has a built in microphone that sounds great. I used it to learn Hebrew via Skype (a work still in progress).
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If you don't want to spend that much, I can attest that the Logitech C615 is a great webcam as well. It has a built in microphone that sounds great. I used it to learn Hebrew via Skype (a work still in progress).

And you have it setup with your Black & Gold Theater Build? 

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And you have it setup with your Black & Gold Theater Build? 

No, it is on my gaming machine. I could set it up on my HTPC, but then I would have to extend the USB connector quite some distance. It would be awesome to see people that large, though! smile.gif
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Good day,

Has anyone tried HTPC with Skype?
I'm considering installing a web-cam on the 50" TV and connect it to HTPC.
Which web-cam would you suggest for decent viewing angles and a microphone that I don't have to yell at sitting ~2.5m away to be heard?

Thank you.

I do exactly what you inquire about here. My HTPC is attached to a Pioneer 50" plasma TV with a webcam attached along the top. The HTPC audio is handled by a Logitech Z-5450 5.1-channel speaker system. The webcam I use is the Logitech C920, which I got for $39.99 (refurb) from the Logitech online store. It works out wonderfully. We recently had a group of eight on Christmas morning, and we Skype'd with some friends overseas using the HTPC hooked up to the plasma. Everyone could see and hear the conversation in both directions without issue, even with our lowly 1Mbps DSL internet service.

I've attached a couple photos to illustrate.


Photo 1 of 2: My living room. The TV (out of view) is approximately 12 feet in front of the sofa.



Photo 2 of 2: The view of Skype on the 50" Pioneer plasma.

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I do exactly what you inquire about here. My HTPC is attached to a Pioneer 50" plasma TV with a webcam attached along the top. The HTPC audio is handled by a Logitech Z-5450 5.1-channel speaker system. The webcam I use is the Logitech C920, which I got for $39.99 (refurb) from the Logitech online store. It works out wonderfully. We recently had a group of eight on Christmas morning, and we Skype'd with some friends overseas using the HTPC hooked up to the plasma. Everyone could see and hear the conversation in both directions without issue, even with our lowly 1Mbps DSL internet service.

I've attached a couple photos to illustrate.


Photo 1 of 2: My living room. The TV (out of view) is approximately 12 feet in front of the sofa.



Photo 2 of 2: The view of Skype on the 50" Pioneer plasma.


Looks great!

Thanks for advice!

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