I have a client who is interested in putting together a HT system with a projector, screen and full 7ch surround. One focus on the HT system is that he would like to be able to use the audio and video (most important) as a conferencing room. He currently has to fly to Minnesota for board meetings, since simple tele-conferencing will not work.
Any ideas on setting this up? Some possible roadblocks are:
1. Lighting. We would need a dark(er) room to run a projector, yet we need lots of light for the camera(s) in the video conferencing portion. - This could be addressed possibly by doing a rear projection system or using a 1500+ ANSI lumen projector, with lights and cameras behind the projector - blacking out the front of the room.
2. Video compression/ distribution. What would have to be setup as far as computers or video conferencing equipment? A simple webcam will not work as this needs to be pretty detailed.
3. Control - would you recommend a PHAST type control system, to give the owner the ability to sit in one place and move cameras and such?
4. Audio distortion. - Audio isn't the most important - a speaker phone will do, but could this be done any better?
Any ideas would be great. I would like to put together a system that meets all the wants and needs of the client. I haven't done much with video conferencing, but I am eager to learn.