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#1 2016-02-18 02:15:07

bbraun
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Quicktime Conferencing is neat

I got a Quicktime Conferencing kit, which included a camera, and got it setup between two machines.
The camera its self is kind of interesting in that it has composite video out, and takes 12V power, the power switch on it covers the camera lens, kind of like the iSight but much more simplistic, and it has a little focus knob on it.  But it doesn't come with a 12V power supply, instead the S-Video port on the AV machines (I have it plugged into an 840AV) supplies the 12V.

Anyway, camera aside, the software its self is pretty fun.  It's just doing 320x240 video, but it's multi-user, meaning the entire thing is setup to allow many users to join.  It seems like these days there's a distinct difference between 1:1 and then doing anything more than that is a totally different thing.  There's also a shared "white board" that's sent to all the users.
It really reminds me of the multicast tools we used to use to multicast IETF and Usenix sessions in the late 90s on Solaris.

It can use appletalk or IP for the transport medium, and can use any quicktime accessible video and audio devices, as well as codecs.  I've got it setup with the 840av with the QT Conference camera, PM5500 with a Sun Camera II, and MacTV although the MacTV is a bit pokey, it at least has video capture abilities.
Have composite video cameras around the house you want to monitor from a central spot?  Connect them all up and QT Conference them together.  Watch DVDs over the network on your powerbook using QT conferencing and AV capture from your DVD player.  Need a baby monitor that's a little more fun than that walmart one?  QT Conference it!  Its loads of fun.

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#2 2016-02-18 02:22:47

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Re: Quicktime Conferencing is neat

Where does one find the software for this? It sounds like any QuickTime video stream could be used.

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#3 2016-02-18 02:53:48

bbraun
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Re: Quicktime Conferencing is neat

I couldn't find the software online, but I've got a CD.  I'll try to upload it to macintoshgarden or something.

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#4 2016-02-18 06:27:21

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Re: Quicktime Conferencing is neat

Interesting to hear from someone who's actually used it. I'd never thought of those other uses though - something to think about

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#5 2016-02-18 14:50:24

bbraun
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#6 2016-02-18 17:14:45

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Re: Quicktime Conferencing is neat

Cool! I'll check this out when I get back to the house. Thanks!

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#7 2016-02-19 13:56:19

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Re: Quicktime Conferencing is neat

Sounds very cool, when was it released?

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#8 2016-02-19 15:18:04

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Re: Quicktime Conferencing is neat

The readme was dated 9/1/95.  Presumably that's September 1 1995.

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